Using the iPod touch with 8 year old school children

In my last post I commented on how the statement in the the latest ‘Did you know’ video that the mobile device would be the primary means of connection with the internet in 2020, stuck out to me.  This morning I came across this link to a blog post on  the Learn 4 Life site via the CCK09 group on Diigo about what happens you give iPod touches to each pupil in a class of 8 year olds.

Each of the children in this Junior School class was given an iPod touch and could connect to the school’s wireless network.  Here’s the video which shares reflections on how it’s all going from teachers and pupils.

Did you know? … and mobile learning

I came across this video via David Hopkins‘ blog e-Learning Blog//Don’t waste your time. It’s the fourth in a series of videos which have looked at current and future global trends relating to technology and populations etc.

One of the things that stood out to me in the video was the statement at the end,

The mobile device will be the world’s primary connection tool to the internet in 2020.

I used to be quite sceptical about mobile learning, but since getting an iPod touch last year I’ve increasingly seen the potential that mobile devices have to deliver learning and to support learning. Is anyone using these or smartphones to support medical education? If you are I’d be interested to hear about how you are using them.