The huge success of the Apple iPad is irrefutable. It’s dominance in the handheld computing market has had tremendous impact on mobile computing, app development, and digital publishing. But its biggest value may lie in its ability to deliver useful, interactive content to users when and where they need it.
But the iPad (and the myriad clones attempting to compete with it) only get us half way there. What’s needed is content that is designed for mobile consumption, that takes full advantage of touch-screen functionality and that helps (not hinders) humans in accomplishing tasks and learning new things.
Enter Jane McGonigal. McGonigal is an online gaming guru whose thoughts on game-based learning should be of interest to anyone serious about producing valuable technical, instructional, or educational content.