Article ( 10 Ways Mobile Devices Have Changed Education

Originally posted on – – by Karen A. Frenkel | Posted 8th September 2015

10 Ways Mobile Devices Have Changed Education
Mobile learning is the new face of education, and by 2020 the mobile-learning market is expected to reach $32 billion.Computers have been used in schools and colleges for decades, with most connected to the Internet, yet they’ve fallen short in making a profound impact on education and learning pedagogies, according to Krish Kupathil, CEO of Mobiliya Technologies, which makes a digital classroom platform. Enter mobile devices. “Clunky desktops gave way to cool laptops, tablets and the ubiquitous smartphone, the real turning point in the modern education system,” he said. “Gen Z loves carrying them, browsing endlessly and tapping them to complete their assignments.” Mobile learning is the new face of education, he says. The Speak Up 2012 National Research Project found that 80% of students in grades 9-12 use smartphones and are connected to their schools 24/7. And by 2020, the mobile learning market is expected to reach $32 billion, according to Apollo Matrix, a prediction that “clearly shows that mobile learning is here to stay and dominate the education sphere.” Kupathil describes 10 ways mobile devices are changing education.

1. Carry Along Your School

Carry Along Your School
Because of mobile devices, students no longer need to be in school to learn and ask questions. They can work from anywhere at any time with their smartphone or tablet and connect with teachers and fellow students, check assignments and work on shared content.

2. Virtual School Bag

Virtual School Bag
Mobile devices allow students access to textbooks, course material or content. Smart devices act as virtual school bags, eliminating the need to carry real bags stuffed with books.

3. Self-Paced Learning

Self-Paced Learning
Students no longer need to learn the way others do, with everyone at a fixed time or place. They work at their own pace with online course materials, questions and detailed instruction manuals.

4. Customized Learning

Customized Learning
Mobile learning lets teachers create unique assignments and tests for individuals, making the whole learning experience highly personalized.

5. Multimedia Learning

Multimedia Learning
Students choose their own learning methods. Sole reliance on textbooks is a thing of the past because students learn with audio, video, slide shows and online presentations.

6. Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality
With augmented reality, apps are the norm in education. Textbooks can now come alive. Instead of learning a lesson, mobile devices help students walk through geographical sites or re-create historic events, enabling an immersive and fun way to learn.

7. Fun While Learning

Fun While Learning

Mobile games are often the first form of mobile interaction for kids. Mobile devices enable educators to create education apps like word puzzles, number riddles and math games, making learning engaging and fun.

8. Future-Ready
Digital education is increasingly adopting cloud technologies and students use document sharing to work on team assignments, discussion forums and video conferencing, which prepares them to work with technologies that will dominate the 21st century.

9. Remote Learning
Remote Learning
Students in remote places can connect to quality learning and use digital education and learning management platforms in the cloud, eliminating the need for desktops and tablets.

10. Novel Teaching Practices

Novel Teaching Practices
Mobile devices empower teachers to experiment with novel teaching methods. They can break rote learning practices and instead use interactive techniques like live chat, video conferencing and shared studies.

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