One of the most exciting and appealing qualities of the mobile learning movement is how learning on mobile devices makes learning more accessible and available to everyone. In this section, we explore the many ways mobile devices can be used to reach different groups or environments, as well as mobile learning issues and initiatives intended to protect all users. This section provides useful background and discussions for educators and developers.
We discuss informal learning, and how devices that can go with students create a plethora of new learning opportunities and environments, truly breaking the mold of the classroom. It's no secret that children love mobile devices and in Chapter 13, we explore the special considerations when teaching and developing for the preschool group. Mobile devices also have proven to be groundbreaking in accessibility for special populations; we discuss students with autism and students with visual impairment and the affordances of mobile devices for each. And in Chapter 15 we discuss the challenges and obligations relating to data: data privacy for developers, and digital citizenship for students and educators. As this topic continues to be at the heart of the mobile learning movement, and will surely continue to evolve and become more nuanced, it is a vital concern for educators, developers, and learners to be engaged with.