What do these two things have in common??
In his recent article in Chief Learning Officer, Kevin Kruse observes
Maybe the e-learning ??killer app?? we??ve been waiting for isn??t an application at all, but rather an appliance. Maybe we need a device that is affordable, easy-to-use, always there and a little fun
He is talking about a Leapster, a Multimedia Learning system designed to teach the way kids loves to play!
Given the uptake of other devices such as Apple’s iPod in the eLearning world (eg Duke University providing 1650 iPods to students), I’m wondering if Kevin has a point?? The iPod shares the same characterisitcs the Kruse identifies as being important for the Leapster; its rugged mobility, its affordability, the fact that it’s always there and a little fun. In addition, in a world where much talk is around the convergence of technologies to produce the ‘ubiquitous device’, these two are examples of a device that does only one thing, but does it very well.
Worth a ponder – perhaps Kruse is onto something here?