The growing ubiquity of mobile and portable technologies in education and schools presents both challenges and opportunities for learning and teaching. A new and emerging context for the design and deployment of mobile learning applications, infrastructures and solutions is teacher education.
As a new, frontier domain of educational technology research, mobile learning in teacher education is still at an early stage in its development. In contemporary educational settings where information and communications technologies (ICTs) are increasingly mobile and pervasive, this raises a number of interrelated, key questions for educational technologists to explore and examine.
First, how do we effectively conceptualise, design and deploy portable technologies to enhance learning, teaching and assessment within teacher education? In particular, how can these new and emerging mobile ICTs be designed and appropriated so we might optimally exploit their affordances for enhancing pre-service teachers' creativity and reflective practice?