As seen in definitions by researchers and practitioners, there is no single model or setting that establishes a classroom as a mobile learning environment. The two themes that recur are that of mobility, that learning is not constrained to the four walls of the classroom or the school building, and access to learning content via some sort of device that facilitates student learning any time, any place, customized to their specific needs and interests. Beyond the terms and buzzwords, it is also clear that mobile learning is still about effective teaching and learning practices.
In 2010, the Digital Learning Council defined the 10 Elements of High Quality Digital Learning* and these elements serve as strong guideposts for ensuring the learning environment you wish to establish for your students. The key is your instructional focus. While logistical concerns such as whether your setting is a 1:1 environment in which students are provided devices, or whether students provide their own in a BYOD set up, on the type of device and student access should not blur the end goal: improving outcomes for students.
The 10 Digital Learning Elements point to the following questions to ask when looking to go mobile or optimize a classroom with existing mobile and digital elements: