Mobile Learning is Improving Education
Few industries are as dynamic as education. With nearly 50.1 million students enrolled in public elementary and secondary schools in the US (NCES), educators are constantly looking for new ways to teach. However, students outnumber teachers almost 15 to 1, which means educational resources are spread fairly thin. Mobile learning gives educators the ability to deliver more hands on learning resources directly to the students both in class and around the world.
Personalized Mobile Learning
Learning works in different ways at different paces for different people. Trying to find the right combination of methods and materials can be tricky for the modern educator. With mobile learning (m-learning), students have the opportunity to interact with education in a way that is most effective for them.
A recent study in Turkey found that 221 university students found e-learning was just as effective as face-to-face instruction for learning English (Brookings.edu). Students who used the e-learning method reported higher for having a positive attitude with results equal to those in face-to-face instruction. Furthermore, the same success that certain rural students found in mobile learning is comparable to the success that urban students find in classroom instruction.
Reach More And Teach More
In addition to more personalized education, mobile learning allows teachers to connect with more students regardless of physical location. It is estimated that mobile will allow 180 million students to further their education by 2020. This projected increase is due to the growing accessibility of education in isolated areas.
Not only does it take a village to raise a child, it takes a village to teach one too. In addition to connecting teachers with students, mobile learning allows students to connect with each other – social learning. Using mobile for expanding education, students have easy access to peer mentoring and tutoring services to supplement their education.
Education is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Different barriers make teaching effectively a challenge – from locations and limited resources to learning styles. However, mobile learning helps students of all ages to access education in an effective hands-on way. With as many mobile subscriptions as there are people on planet, we are now more connected than ever before. It is integral to use the growth in mobile technology to invest in the foundation of any good society: our education.
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