Chris Dede has looked at interfaces in the United Statesenabled by mobile-based learning for students and found threeeducational advantages: allowing multiple perspectives, facilitatingsituated learning, andtransferringknowledge from one settingto another.20 Each of these experiences enhances the learning processand allows studentsto gain new knowledge or apply insightsto different areas.
Handheld devices enhance student learning in other ways aswell. They have been found to bridge the socioeconomic gapbetween the haves and the have-nots, and to expose pupils toa rich array of instructional resources. Students find the use oftechnology engaging and report great satisfaction with mobilelearning approaches. This was particularly true of underservedpopulations located either in geographically remote areas or inpoorer districts.
While most of the studies referenced to this point concernedU.S. institutions and learners, researchontheeducationaluseof mobile devices in other countries similarly provides strongevidence of the impact of technology.AprojecinTaiwan, forexample, compared student vocabulary mastery after readingshort messaging service (SMS) English lessons versus that basedon reading textbooks. The analysis showed that pupils learnedmore vocabulary with the former than with the latter.