Online learning took another step toward full mobility today when Nokia and live language learning technology provider Sanako unveiled their new internet based approach to handheld learning.
The move reflects the rapid growth in the use of online content and services in UK education and is based on the new Nokia N810 Internet Tablet.
A handheld device that fits in any pocket, the N810 features a 4.13" WVGA display with 800 x 480 pixels, together with a browser based on Mozilla technology including support for AJAX and Flash 9. This means that even rich media sites can be accessed from the N810 in the same way as from a PC. With web access from school or home to an individual, online learning space coming to schools soon as part of the personalised learning agenda, this means that learners can access on-line content from home or on the move in a same way they do from the ICT suite at the moment.
The Nokia N810 Internet Tablet features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard although users can enter text directly onto the screen with a finger or stylus. Although it isn’t a mobile phone - it connects to the Internet using either WiFi or a Bluetooth enabled mobile phone - it can be used to make VoIP calls and features built-in support for both Skype and Instant Messaging, plus a front mounted video calling camera for video conferencing, role play or other collaborative activities in the classroom.
Users can also listen to radio or podcasts which can be used to support learning in the class or at home whilst the built-in GPS and mapping software allow use on or off road.