Alvin Toffler defined change as “the process by which the future invades our lives.” Today, this definition reinforces itself as we witness the impact of the mobile revolution in education and in our daily lives. The emergence and rapid adoption of new and innovative methods of teaching and learning through the use of tablets, especially iPads, as well as other mobile devices, is creating a new paradigm in education. While the debate continues as to whether these mobile devices can provide as comprehensive an experience as Computers or Laptops, all UAE Higher Education Federal Institutes have embraced iPads for their Foundation programs. The mobile learning initiative is creating an interplay between Pedagogy, Technology and Content, and is transforming teaching and learning environments. An early indication of the initiative’s success is demonstrated by the increased adoption of Challenge Based Learning and Flipped Classrooms among teachers. The mobile journey has begun and its impact can be felt as you read through the journal. This year’s edition includes articles and education technology reviews that reflect the changing technological landscape amongst teaching and learning communities worldwide.
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This paper explores a few implementation strategies for teachers at the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) in the UAE who are planning for the use of Apple iPads in their classrooms in September 2012 in the Foundations Program. It focuses on how to use the iPad to facilitate an effective cloud-based document management system, thus providing high availability of learning resources during the academic life of the student. It also proposes how to integrate a few core apps to create an effective workflow and provide a paperless alternative to common paper-based tasks in the classroom.