mca 21(18): e1

Research Article

The Review of Mobile Applications and Wireless Technologies in Sustaining K-12 Schools during COVID-19

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/eai.29-1-2021.168509,
        author={Karuna Samuel Finch and Srikant Manas Kala and Vanlin Sathya},
        title={The    Review    of    Mobile    Applications    and    Wireless    Technologies in Sustaining K-12 Schools during COVID-19},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on Mobile Communications and Applications},
        volume={6},
        number={18},
        publisher={EAI},
        journal_a={MCA},
        year={2021},
        month={1},
        keywords={Mobile Applications, K-12, M-learning, COVID-19, Pandemic, LTE-WiFi Coexistence, 5G, 802.11ax, Wi-Fi6, Education},
        doi={10.4108/eai.29-1-2021.168509}
    }
    
  • Karuna Samuel Finch
    Srikant Manas Kala
    Vanlin Sathya
    Year: 2021
    The Review of Mobile Applications and Wireless Technologies in Sustaining K-12 Schools during COVID-19
    MCA
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.29-1-2021.168509
Karuna Samuel Finch1,*, Srikant Manas Kala2, Vanlin Sathya3
  • 1: International American School of Warsaw, Poland
  • 2: Mobile Computing Laboratory, Osaka University, Japan
  • 3: The University of Chicago, Illinois, USA
*Contact email: karuna.finch@ias.edu.pl

Abstract

Mobile-learning (M-Learning) is no longer a futuristic concept in E-learning. The disruptions induced by the mandatory social distancing norms amidst the COVID-19 pandemic has brought it to the centre stage as it facilitates seamless delivery of education to mobile-users on the go. The ever increasing penetration of low-cost smartphones and remarkable advancement in wireless communication technologies has made M-learning ubiquitous and affordable. This paper highlights the roles that mass-adoption of mobile phone devices have played in sustaining K-12 schools. We review the impact that latest developments in communication technology and the deployment of LTE-WiFi coexistence, 5G, and Wi-Fi6 networks will have on M-learning applications. Further, we highlight the challenges that need to be addressed so that the higher penetration of mobile phones and deployment of wireless network technologies can be optimally harnessed for an improved M-learning experience.