Mobile technology has profoundly changed the world that we live in.
With mobile devices, people can access and share information anytime and anywhere. This has a huge potential in education field where it is crucial to access, create, consume and share information easily. The McKinsey report presents some studies that show how utilizing mobile devices can improve teaching and learning outcomes in schools. The report refers to this trend as “Mobile Education”, and defines it as “technology-enabled learning solutions available to users anytime, anywhere”.
Mobile devices are a part of the everyday life in classrooms.
According to an article from BBC News in 2014, almost 70% of primary and secondary schools in the UK now use tablets. In 9% of schools, there is an individual tablet for every student. Schools have noticed the trend and are exploring the untapped potentials. For example, city of Vantaa in Finland has purchased and distributed 16,000 tablets to public schools.
The potential benefits of mobile devices in K-12 schools are obvious.
The content in conventional textbooks cannot keep up with the fast pace of information growing in this digital era. There is a compelling need to provide more timely updated information to teachers and students. And mobile devices are a perfect platform for that need. Distributing digital content is also expected to be more cost efficient and more environment friendly than paper materials. It may also delight students as they can use the mobile devices for study that they already love and use everyday.
We are in the dawn of mobile education.
I envision a world in near future where students are using primarily mobile devices in classrooms. Students can do group work and homework together on tablets and smartphones, as well as carry out tests and share learning achievements with peer students inside and outside the classroom. We have all the technology pieces in place.
“I envision a world in near future where students are using primarily mobile devices in classrooms. Students can do group work and homework together on tablets and smartphones, as well as carry out tests and share learning achievements with peer students inside and outside the classroom.”
However, what is missing is a solution to bring all the pieces together.
A piece that would make mobile education a seamless and delightful experience, for everyone in this picture.