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From 1 PC to 1 Mobile Device

pcIt’s an interesting progression. Many of us began using one personal computer, a desktop, at the beginning for our computing needs. We discovered that being tethered to a stationary work or teaching station wasn’t enough. Later, it was natural tool-use development when we began using multiple devices to get the job done. In many cases, we are still stuck in one of those two plans—a stationary device or multiple mobile devices tied in some way to a stationary one. Recently, tablets have given us more reason to rethink, consider, and modify use. Is it possible to use just one device to do everything again—but this time so much better? Didn’t we begin that way, one device, and isn’t it the norm—as well as the mobile future—for most of the world?

You may have read recently that tablets should overtake PCs in sales by 2015. That noticeable decline is not news—it is reality. The stationary choices just don’t make it in learning spaces, or home places anymore. Cuddling up to a mobile device which is the size of a small book is cozy tech. It also optimizes classroom and home real estate. One desktop takes up a lot of space, and in a classroom, more than four or five PCs is more than a crowd.

While we continue to struggle with the question, “Can we do all we need to do on one device?,” we’re getting closer to a place in time where we actually can. And in a world where handhelds are considered the computing device—and even more so for developing nations—these broadband-anywhere devices are the technology for now, and the future.

Ken Royal

Ken Royal is an educator with 34 years of classroom/school and instructional technology teaching experience, as well as a blogger on all things education and education technology. Teaching accomplishments include: 4-time district teacher of the year, Connecticut Middle School Teacher of the Year, as well as Bill and Melinda Gates award for Technology School of Excellence. He is a Promethean storyteller. Follow @KenRoyal on Twitter.
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