Some of the challenges and experiences of formal education in a Mobile-Centric Society (MCS)

The aim of the paper is to describe some of the challenges faced by schools, or by formal education in general, as a consequence of today’s mobilecentric society (henceforth MCS), the term we will use to denote the new, networked learning ecology that has arisen from the massive penetration of digital media in everyday life. After revisiting some of the ideas of McLuhan and Vygotsky in the light of this new technological scenario, we describe five traits of the MCS and the challenges – illustrated through educational practices – that we believe schools will face if they wish to preserve their function of individualization and socialization. Continue reading