What is Near Field Communication?

Near field communication (NFC) enables mobile and other devices to securely exchange radio communications with each other, either when they are touched together or brought in close proximity. The standards for NFC are based on existing radio-frequency identification (RFID) systems to allow two-way communication between devices, and essentially boils down to short-range wireless protocols that function similarly to Bluetooth, but with a highly secure transmission protocol. Common uses of NFC for commerce, social interactions, and security respectively include contactless transactions at stores, data and media exchange, and encrypted identity keycards — all accessible via mobile device. Google Wallet, for example, allows users to store credit card information on their NFC-enabled smartphone so that they can simply swipe their phone at a pay station and the purchase is instantly completed. Because NFC also enables users to share contacts, photos, videos, and audio files with each other by simply moving the mobile devices close together, it could become a powerful technology for seamless collaboration and the easy exchange of information and content.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • At this point i cant see how NFC will be wery relevant in education. BUT, when NFC get one standard so you can use it between any device in an easy way, it may further integrate the cummunication between the mobile devices in a classroom for exaple. And wery soon i think NFC will change the way we pay for what we purchase. - stefan.reppe stefan.reppe Sep 16, 2013
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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • The possibility to use NFC in dessignated apps to do wery spesific tasks, with stickers for example. - stefan.reppe stefan.reppe Sep 16, 2013
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on Norwegian K-12 education?

  • At this moment not any spesific for education. - stefan.reppe stefan.reppe Sep 16, 2013
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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

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