Change is constant. No progress has ever been made, sticking to the antiquated. Keeping up with this ideology, Indian education system has also spread its periphery, in order to accommodate widespread technology.
Children of this generation, are highly accustomed to modern technology. They adopt and relate better to new technologies and screen based designs. Students often show more interest in learning from mobile phones, palmtops, tablets and personal digital assistants. Blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor learning environment, mobile devices have become a prominent learning tool. This approach to learning enables accessible learning from anywhere, at any given time, encouraging students to participate in both physical and virtual learning.
The dynamic solutions that modern technology has at offer, can be utilized effectively, to cater to varied student needs. Educational institutions in the country, and education system as a whole, must pace up to meet the learners’ technological standards, and provide them a unified platform, to monitor and track progress of learning patterns. Such platforms encourage new methods of learning, depending on the individual profiles of students, while keeping their interest levels intact.
The reach and economical access to mobile learning, has the potential to take the Indian education system, several levels ahead. An increasing number of smartphone users in rural and urban areas, gives a wider scope to endless learning possibilities. Mobility, accessibility, collaboration, personalization and peer-learning are made possible with the evolution of mobile learning. Mobile learning brings both quantitative and qualitative difference to the education system.
What Makes Mobile Technology Stand Out?
Mobile technology is very affordable, compared to other technologies available for learning. The penetration power of these mobile devices has increased several folds, even covering remote rural areas. Emerging ubiquity of mobile phones, accessibility, low cost and market penetration, enables deeper reach of education through mobile learning. Users can get an opportunity to learn, explore and share information and content - anywhere, anytime.
Connectivity for mobile devices via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, make them stand out from several other devices. Students can get easy access to the internet, and apps like Slack, Dropbox and Google drive, act as a linking platform inside and outside classrooms. Features like audio, video, recording, scanning, animations and movement based response, provide students with immersive, engaging experience. The familiarity and relevance of mobile phones among young generation, makes mobile learning, a student favorite too.
Mobile Technology – Learning Experience and Student Benefits
The evolution of mobile learning technology, heightens students’ curiosity and interest, facilitating increased involvement in learning. One-to-one interaction with lecturers, high-quality content and world-class learning pedagogy are some prime benefits students reap from mobile learning. Students and lecturers now have the bandwidth to connect beyond classrooms, and break the shackles of time and place based learnings. Content delivery through videos, and video conferencing interaction with every student, attending online classes, virtual updating of content and instant feedbacks are all unique features of mobile learning, that keeps students interested.
Subject learning, situated learning, authentic learning, context awareness environment and personalized learning are some impressive learning methods mobile technology offers. Offline content access and video based learning often ease communication and information, making it more comprehensive. The reach and accessibility of mobile learning has brought about a considerate change in quality education across the country.
Mobile Learning Benefits for Students
- Learning beyond fixed settings: Learning through mobile is not restricted to a single place. Learning is independent of place and time. Easy accessibility: Thanks to affordable prices of mobile phones, mobile learning is accessible to all students alike, irrespective of their economic backgrounds.
Enhances thinking ability: Students of the current generation need skills beyond the ones listed in their curriculum. Communication, creativity, problem solving, and collaboration are few such skills that mobile learning environment enables.
Scope for learning alternatives: Mobile devices provide several learning alternatives such as flipped classrooms, virtual learning, combined learning environments, home schooling, etc.
- Provides space for personal learning: Learning content on mobile device strike the right balance, as they aren’t too easy but not too challenging either. Several apps and games provide options for students’ individual login, giving them a chance to work in their personal pace, with additional learning time.
- Motivation: Mobile learning enhances student engagement, as it provides unique and customized learning space and materials, apart from the standard ones. Since learning happens in real world context, its teaching stretches far beyond theory, into practical aspects such as organization and time management skills. This technology also concludes individual strengths and weaknesses, allowing teachers to provide suitable real time feedback. Instant results and feedback, often encourage students to work on them at the earliest. This leads to higher engagement levels, creating a learning environment that doesn’t just give desired results, but also makes impactful progress beneficial in the long run.
New Learning Paradigms
Mobile games have always kept children interested. Making the most of this, are game based learnings that don’t just grab and retain students’ attention, but also ensure quick learning with deeper understanding. While some games enhance language skills, others explore mathematics and statistics, and subject based learning. Most students agree that mobile learning complements their curriculum, making learning more interesting and engaging. Schools that realize the effectiveness of mobile learning, and adapt the same, see considerate change in their student learnings.
“Anytime-Anywhere” approach of mobile technology, encourages a democratic approach to education. If adopted by all schools and institutions alike, mobile learning programs and policies hold the power of digitalizing Indian education system altogether.
EdSense can help your institution realize the true potential of these new learning paradigms and bring together several stakeholders, like curriculum coordinators, head of departments, principals, teachers, students and parents under one umbrella and work towards a common goal - student success!
- Jiji Tharayil