John Dewey on Mobile Learning

“A society which is mobile, which is full of channels for the distribution of a change occurring anywhere, must see to it that its members are educated to personal initiative and adaptability.

Otherwise, they will be overwhelmed by the changes in which they are caught and whose significance or connections they do not perceive.” (1916)


Source: Dewey, (1916) quoted in Sharples, M., Taylor, J., & Vavoula, G. (2007). A Theory of Learning for the Mobile Age. In K. Littleton and P. Light (Eds.), The Sage Handbook of E-learning Research (pp. 221-247). London: Sage


See also: Hickman, L. (1990). John Dewey’s Pragmatic Technology. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.


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A long-time technology enthusiast who, in the mid 80's, thought the internet might be something that would catch-on, so he taught himself programming. That started him on a very satisfying road as a course developer, trainer, online teacher and elearning evangelist. Thirty years later, he fancies himself to be a "futurist" and "thought leader".... those thoughts are more about learning that doesn't involve expensive technology and a vision of the future that makes education more critical than ever! More information at: