|Ubiquitous Technology - Not Rocket Science?|
"There will be a paperless office when there's a paperless outhouse"
"Ubiquitous technology surpasses the older concept of ubiquitous computing, transending beyond human-computer interaction to human-technology interaction...such as hand-held devices."
"traditional role and purpose of public school can remain intact, while a UT [Ubiquitous Technology] world offers broadening pedagogies, changes places of learning and expand student body population centers beyond current geographical limitations.
"We argue here that the traditional role and purpose of public school can remain intact, while a UT world offers broadening pedagogies, changes places of learning and expand student body population centers beyond current geographical limitations. This will be demonstrated by offering examples from the world of students, teachers, global students, special needs populations, the administration and physical structures of schools...."The Research Center for Education Technology  offers the following definition of ubiquitous computing, as it pertains to education:'We define ubiquitous computing environments as learning environments in which all students have access to a variety of digital devices and services, including computers connected to the internet and mobile computing devices, whenever and wherever they need them. Our notion of ubiquitous computing, then, is more focused on many-to-many than one-to-one or one-to-many, and includes the idea of technology being always available but not itself the focus of learning.'Moreover, our definition of ubiquitous computing includes the idea that both teachers and students are active participants in the learning process, who critically analyze information, create new knowledge in a variety of ways (both collaboratively and individually), communicate what they have learned , and choose which tools are appropriate for a particular task.'"Ubiquitous technology was first explained by Mark Weiser, Xerox PARC, as 'The most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguisable from it' (referenced in Swan, Cook, et. al., 2006)."
- Above excerpts from EPS 415 Summer 2008 Ubiquitous Learning Project Web page within WikEd, Univ. Ill. Urbana-Champaign which is "...provided as a service to the education community by the CTER program, an online Master of Education degree program in the Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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