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Mobile For Learning: Extending Learning Beyond the Walls

March 31, 2014 | By: Wolfwood Kreuz       Tech Buzz
Mobile for Learning:  Extending the Learning Experience Beyond the School’s Walls

Progress only goes so far without the necessary tools to provide opportunities for everyone; tools that create smarter networks and productive relationships. Education needs to be streamlined as an individualized and year-round activity, not just something that takes place in bulk form within schools between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Fridays when schools are in session.

Mobile for Learning reinvents the words LEARNING CURVE, PLAYTESTING, SMUGGLING IDEAS into nastier, more explosive, even sexy concepts--robust and dynamic thinking--a better way for everyone to learn more and know how-to's in the 21st century.  Using mobile of course.

In today’s digital world, all-access, high-speed mobile networks are now the main requirement for a more productive learning experience and a better way for managing student progress and development. Having fixed connectivity anywhere just doesn’t cut it anymore.  Connectivity or access to the web must be wherever people are mobile. 



Kids get to extend their learning experiences beyond the limits of the school premises with mobile devices



SMUGGLING IDEAS


For learning institutions, libraries, and even businesses engaged in providing information and media.  All organizations need access to a mobile internet.  It is the only way now to promote learning, entrepreneurship, and business productivity.  Institutional funding of high speed, wireless connectivity to portable learning devices should be one of the primary development priorities of all involved to improve education dynamics and change learning from a venue-dependent environment to one that can exist even without physical classrooms.  

No need to steal fire like Prometheus, mobile for learning allows access to fire for everyone.  Students and educators should be allowed to bring mobile devices off campus so they can continue learning outside school hours. For all they want to learn, at their own pace and level of engagement.  Applications like Evernote, Springpad allow for groupwork productivity and remote sharing of ideas on a power level unheard of just 4 or 5 years ago.  The maturing of the Wattpad app has democratized the craft of story--both reading and writing tales--to engage kids of all ages in basic learning skills that will keep them in good stead for life.  Not just gossip and selfies for kids nowadays, they share novel drafts and workshop stories--even if it is as rudimentary as it is, this kind of learning environment would not exist without developing mobile for everyone.

PLAYTESTING

Without the need to share a mobile device with a sibling or colleague as is the case in fixed venues with connected workstations, having individual mobile devices enhance each individual’s learning capability.  

Kids just don't goof off with gadgets and waste time, for even when they are goofing off, they are teaching themselves in an environment that fosters exploration--finding out how things work.  They seek information around the clock and pursue information that is relevant to their particular interests.

LEARNING CURVE

Mobile devices help educators to customize educational content for individual students.  Different learning abilities or the diversity of students will no longer be a problem: different backgrounds and divergent interests won’t slow down the individual from learning at a pace that matches one's learning ability.  

Current advances in mobile technology allow students to engage with their learning materials in new and compelling ways--the combination of text, illustration, and audio and visual recordings in one learning tool provide children with a more holistic learning experience.

Modernization is not the goal by itself--having state-of-the-art gear as teaching tools, but rather the effect of accelerating and improving learning by combining a ton of information with a student’s imagination.  Software even provides nuanced measures for tracking student progress. Teachers can develop dashboards that track classroom activities and measure individual student achievement based on his or her learning curve.


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