Mobile Technologies: The Latest Trend in Classroom Learning
The 21st century has brought about a major transformation in the ways children perceive learning. An increasing number of educators are nowadays resorting to various mobile learning technologies for effective streamlining of classroom education. Research has however shown that the ownership of portable digital devices amongst children aged 4 – 14 are rising at an exponential rate. The most popular among them being the iPod touch which is slowly becoming popular in classrooms across the globe due to its user friendly features like touch screen and in-built Wi-fi access. Similar is the case with the iPad.
Until recently, installing a desktop computer was considered to be the best thing that schools did to integrate technology with their curriculum. But its lack of portability was one of its major drawbacks. The emergence of mobile devices has however solved this problem to a large extent. Their portability and ubiquity has enabled teachers to easily move them into classrooms and incorporate it as part of the learning modules. The biggest advantage of having these devices is that they save a lot of space and hence schools do not need to allot a separate room for installing computer systems. Mobile technologies are therefore making the process of education enchanting. Not only do they provide an enhanced learning experience but they are also proving to be quite cost effective.
It can thus be said that this technology is adding a touch of creativity and independence to classroom learning. In addition, it is also helping in the creation of a generation of independent thinkers. A generation which is more inclined to make the most of mobile technology to quench their learning needs. Be it for sharing photographs or filming experiments or sharing any learning material, the boon of this technology is immense. Besides, it not only leads to better learning ambience but also improved understanding.
The essence of this technology lies in drawing different forms of information ranging from commercially produced content to teacher produced or pupil created material in a trouble free manner. Apart from that, students can also take control of their own learning through resourcing and peer-to-peer collaborations and interactivity.
If you are one of those educators who haven’t yet explored this technology, do not delay in adopting this any further. It will not only help you to execute the class training with ease but also give class learning a new dimension altogether. Remember, students find them quite intuitive and some teachers have already claimed their flexibility across curriculum.