05 Jan How Has Mobile Technology Changed Education?
As our lives become increasingly entwined with technology, and the web is constantly at our fingertips, schools have adapted teaching methods to incorporate smart phones and tablets into the classroom. But how has mobile technology changed the face of education? We explore the application and benefits of the new digital age in schools.
Does technology really enhance the learning experience?
Mobile technology has a genuine place in our schools today, helping children of all ages to learn in new and innovative ways. With the use of devices including iPads and iPods, teachers are able to apply this technology to lessons – adding a new dimension to assist learning.
Here are five reasons why we think mobile technology should be considered an asset in the classroom.
1. It’s exciting, modern and creative
The classroom should be an exciting reflection of the real world, pioneering new ways to learn via mobile technology instead of remaining rooted in the past. Of course, traditional teaching methods do have their place, but there is nothing quite like engaging young minds with the use of technology that allows creativity, creates a buzz of excitement and brings modern day relevance to learning. Children who are stimulated by teaching methods are more likely to absorb information and concentrate for longer periods of time: mobile technology brings variety to the classroom to help children to thrive.
2. It’s easy to use
Mobile technology is not only increasingly intelligent, but much more intuitive and easy to use than more traditional counterparts such as PCs. With a strong emphasis on the visual and a seamless user experience, educational apps are built to be simple, to-the-point, and engaging.
3. There’s so much out there!
The web allows you to tap into creative, enlightened minds from across the globe – an invaluable resource for both teachers and pupils when used in the right way. Likewise, apps can provide valuable teaching aids and inspiration for lessons – and with many designed alongside existing curriculum topics, there is a whole range of subjects to choose from. Encompassing literacy, numeracy, second languages and more, apps and the mobile web can enhance and enrich the learning experience.
4. It’s applicable across the ages
The beauty of mobile technology is that it can be used by anyone, no matter how young or old. Apps for younger children use colours, shapes and sounds to incorporate learning into play, holding their attention in a fun and varied way. Moving through the ages, educational apps can be as in-depth or specific as needed, depending on their intended use.
5. Learning extends beyond the classroom
Once children have been introduced to learning via mobile technology – whether simple educational apps for younger children or research opportunities for older students – they are more likely to embrace self-directed learning from home. Equipping them with the skills to identify useful apps and assist their own development will benefit them both now and well into adulthood. Incorporating mobile technology – where to start?
If you’re a teacher looking to embrace mobile technology in the classroom, a good way to start is to compile a plan of action, detailing the ways you hope to enhance the learning experience via the use of apps and other digital means. There are plenty of online resources to help; newspaper and blog articles and forums are a good place to begin, giving you a feel for the best apps currently available and the ways they can be applied to lessons. Once you have your plan in place, you can then set it in motion or present it to the key decision-makers in your school.