In India, the mobile phone is banned in classrooms in schools and colleges. In most other parts of the world, mobile technology is being put to good use in the classroom to improve the learning experience. In this blog post we look at the benefits of introducing mobile devices in the classroom and how it can help both students and children. Students of this generation are remarkably tech-savvy, they have been born into a world wherein smartphones and apps are available with ease. They lack patience and have the need to be constantly occupied. It is a trait that they imbibe from their parents who struggle to balance their careers and family-life and are in a constant state of busyness!
Let’s examine some benefits in detail!
Bring your Own Device(BYOD)
This is a concept that’s finding favour in the USA and the UK and involves students bringing their own mobile devices to school through which they access customized learning apps and software. This reduces the investment from the school’s perspective and also brings a sense of responsibility in the students who handle the devices with care.
Preparing Children for the Future
It is important to keep children prepared for the technology that’s going to engulf them. Computers and mobile devices will form an intricate part of their personal and professional lives as they grow up and it is a good thing to introduce it to them at a suitable age – say about 10 to 11 years. Remember that they also need to go out and play outdoor games as well. We definitely want a right balance to be achieved and don’t want children to be glued to their mobile devices all through the day.
Anytime Anywhere Access
Imagine a scenario, where a child is ill and cannot attend school for a month or two and is bed-ridden or it could be an accident and the child has a fractured leg and can’t travel. Imagine the comfort of the child in accessing all the learning content on a mobile or tablet device and staying up-to-date with his/her remaining classmates. This is the advantage that mobile learning solutions can offer to students across the learning spectrum.
Always Up-to-Date Syllabus
A text-book is limited in its content. Once its printed and issued the content remains static. Now look at the possibilities of a digital textbook with interactive lessons and animated videos! How refreshingly different it would be from a regular boring textbook with images and diagrams. Mobile learning powered by digital learning solutions offers learners the chance to stay up-to-date with the latest content.
Enabling Connectivity with Parents
Parents can get instant feedback, reports, assignment, tests or PTA meeting updates on their mobile devices. This can be part of an integrated solution that combines learning and messaging services together.
Think of all the trees that get saved when we switch from paper-based learning to digital and mobile learning solutions! Definitely a good thing for the environment as well.
What other benefits can you list down promoting the introduction of mobile devices in the classroom? Share your thoughts in the comments section!