Embracing Open Mobile Technologies for Learning


Mobile learning has made communication easier between peers and tutors, allowing them to access learning resources and education material from anywhere in the world. Mobile adaptability has made it convenient for students to learn, facilitating them so they can study on the move. More and more educational institutions are now incorporating mobile learning into their organizational strategy.

Look around you and you will notice a visible change in the way everything works as compared to how things were a decade ago. Already several schools and universities have made the effort of making mobile learning an integral part of their classroom and benefiting from this new wave of mobile revolution. Electronic devices like cell phones, PDAs, iPods, Notebooks and e-readers have become the tools of choice for today's educators due to the portability, affordability and the ease of use they offer.

How Mobile Learning is Creating Waves

Mobile technologies have offered, teachers and students alike, a more flexible approach to learning. There has been a mass proliferation of mobile phones, which has taken over physical books and paper documents. In a traditional school, students bring their own mobile devices and help in diverting some of the cost saved on desktop computers while online students have the ease of learning with this technology.

Open mobile technologies have enabled learners to access networked information irrespective of which device they are using. The ‘mobile’ aspect of mobile devices has made teaching and learning easier, making it significantly effortless to support learners and exploit various teaching opportunities. Learners can easily engage in various educational resources via multi-function devices.

Improving Student Learning Capabilities

Students have changed radically. Today students are more aware of and exposed to technology, which in return creates a profound effect on their learning capabilities. They are more engaged in learning when using the latest gadgets as they are mostly used to interacting with these. Mobile learning is catching up fast with the education system and those who fail to implement new ideas in their classrooms are bound to find themselves lagging behind very soon.

Thousands of apps are available for students to benefit from, helping them explore the world of learning most of which are free to download. Recent studies show that educational games and apps have improved the learning capabilities of children by 31%. Another study stated that students who use mobile technology to learn tend to be better observers, remain motivated and understand the content better. Students with learning differences can benefit greatly from mobile learning, since it provides them with similar learning opportunities as their peers and fosters a sense of normalcy, improving their academic performance.

There was a time when mobile phones had a bad reputation in school, however all this has changed drastically during the past few years. In today’s digital age, mobile technology has made learning portable and cost-effective. Forward thinking educators are embracing mobile learning and actively participating in it themselves. Although we have only just scratched the surface if this technology, it has nevertheless empowered students in their learning and maximized effectiveness. It is only a matter of time before educational intuitions around world follow suit and welcome e-learning as part of their curriculums.



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