Revolutionize education through Mobile


Shubhangi Verma

Smartphones and tablet PCs are affecting many aspects of our lives, e.g. the way we access shared knowledge sources by keeping ourselves continuously connected to data and information. These devices are offering an unparalleled access to various knowledge sources, from casual cooking lessons on YouTube to online study materials offered by universities. With the support of mobile applications, the whole world is in our radar that helps us to absorb knowledge through exciting new forms of learning.

Smart devices are influencing knowledge grasping power everywhere and are motivating to the educational organizations to evolve their practices on mobile platforms for the very obvious reason which is to beat the competition. Education industry really requires fresh models and frameworks every now and then whose implementation can carry through the needs of their many current and potential new constituencies. These mobile platforms based tools range from generation of toddlers discovering lessons when tapping and swiping on touch screens, to adolescent men and women who want to conduct online surveys for their projects, to middle-age professionals hoping to secure their job by having new skills.

It is all about mLearning and here m stands for mobile . Handheld devices and their constantly lowering costs give us power to hold education in our hand. Now, it is a widespread reality that sooner or later, mobiles will take the place of PCs for general purpose computing that covers education too.

Learning can become a continuous process and an effective way to leapfrog


Up until now, traditional method of education requires a special timeslot from you. During this timeslot, you take your books and note down important lessons and learn or practice them. However, you can hardly manage all these stuffs while you are travelling in a bus or train, and want to have a quick round for learning some lessons. But you can easily manage a smartphone or tablet for learning and practicing whatever you want. Here, you need mobile applications that will let you store your study material on your smart device, read them like books and write down notes. You would also need an app that can allow you to store all your work in a way that helps you easily retrieve it across devices like other smartphones or tablets. With a smartphone and tablet, learning can become a continuous process and study materials can be available anytime, anywhere.

Many would consider continuous learning (learning through a smart device anytime, anywhere) a leisurely method happening just in the developed world. But it is not true. Since prices of smart devices regularly dropping and local manufacturers have also brought low-cost smart devices, continuous learning is helping in breaking barriers imposed by outdated formal school systems in developing countries. Many children in developing countries live in poverty where they receive basic level education that can hardly help them in getting good job. Here, continuous learning can keep them engaged in learning through in innovative way and earning average skills to grow.

Learning beyond age, boundaries and physical burdens

The phenomenon called continuous learning lets grandparents experience the fact that their children are growing up with touch screen in their hands. This pulls them into mLearning more than ever, motivates them to learn operating smart devices by the need to stay in touch with their grandkids. Computing has become easy with the use of touch-enabled devices like smartphones and tablets. A computer with keyboard, mouse, headphone and mike can appear a complex device in comparison of a tablet with no need of extra hardware. Smart devices are easy to operate and it allows middle-aged people to effortlessly communicate through email, Facebook, Twitter and Skype.

On the other hand, there are parts in this world where women do not have access to formal education. It is not because they are poor or handicapped but because they are bounded by traditional and cultural practices. In many countries where women do not have permission to leave their homes for education, mLearning promises them to learn with high-quality education privately. Similarly, mLearning also brings educational material within the reach to those with extreme disabilities.

mLearning is a partner, not counterpart

The phenomenon of mLearning can go unrecognized if not supported by well-established schools or education institutions. We should not see mLearning as a counterpart of traditional education systems; instead, mLearning can go head-to-head with these systems by extending their current offerings. It is found that students respond better to mLearning course offerings than the course offerings in traditional method. Until recently, distance learning was not a very successful education system, but with help of PCs, the internet and now mobile devices, the distance between a university and its students can almost be removed.

The benefits those were unnoticed up to now.

You enter a school at age five and keep on studying until you finish college. But when the working-life begins, for most people education gets expiated. This is the traditional method and of course, irrelevant as you quickly forget most things you learned in class. When you take education through the help of smart device, the study materials always remain either on your device or in cloud that you can reach anytime. You cannot have these benefits through a traditional education system; however, it is mLearning that has powers beyond one s imagination, which does not respect traditional or cultural barriers, that does not make feel that you are physically disabled and that does not mind how far an educatee is.

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