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"The future we describe is already here - it is in the schools, colleges, universities, workplaces and public sector agencies that are leading the way. Our strategy is about embracing this future so that all can benefit."
Harnessing Technology, DfES (2005)
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Introducing innovative practice

'Innovative practice' is used in this guide to refer to pedagogies based partially or wholly on the use of mobile devices, including those without built-in connectivity and those that offer mobile access to resources on the web and on the institution's learning platform.

The term 'mobile and wireless learning' has been adopted throughout the guide to reflect the breadth of the illustrations of practice and their implications, and should be viewed as a broad concept involving many of the same technologies and facilities as e-learning, but with access via mobile devices or wireless networks rather than cable-based networks.

A definition of mobile and wireless learning

Mobile and wireless learning can extend beyond the educational use of small screen mobile and wireless devices to include any application of technology that enables learning and its associated support to be flexible and location-free.

Identifying examples of innovative practice

Most examples of practice illustrated here demonstrate evidence of embedded use, i.e. that which has moved, or is capable of moving, beyond the short term initiative into supported practice. In a rapidly changing environment, some examples of emerging practice also provide insights into what is on the horizon. However, the focus of this guide is to illustrate practice that is at the cutting edge, but becoming established in mainstream practice. The discussion within each perspective highlights benefits and issues that have emerged.