The current mobile internet penetration in India is 303 million people and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 28% from 2013-17. Thus with the increasing penetration of mobiles and the internet, a lot of industries have changed the way they were functioning. In this blog, we will discuss mobile technology in education.
There is serendipitous growth in the e-commerce industry with giants as well as startups coming up. Internet growth has changed the way businesses used to function. They have provided a new and advanced means of services and delivery options. But has it changed the education sector in India?
We still see parents restricting their children from using laptops and smartphones. Since it imposes the threat of incompetent performance in academics. They have a preconceived notion that the internet and smartphones will reduce the productivity of the child.
But what if we can revolutionize the way smartphones are used?
What if we see them as a medium of study or an educational platform just like books?
Tell me I forget, teach me I may remember, involve me and I learn – Benjamin Franklin.
And mobile technology in education exactly focuses on the involvement aspect and thus will revolutionize the current education system.
How can the existing education system be revolutionized using mobile technology and how can we benefit from it?
1. Continuous learning
Currently, people consider education as a timely process. You join a school when you are a child and continue until graduation, post-graduation or maybe a doctorate. After that, the working life begins.
But bringing education on mobile will amalgamate these differences and will make the border between education and working life hazy. Thus we will have people of all ages getting educated and increasing their knowledge.
We do have few people who take mobile courses in complex fields like artificial intelligence, data sciences, etc. Thus the process of learning will not stop.
2. Equal opportunities
In the formal education system, people consider schools and universities storehouses of knowledge. A lot of differentiation arises in this system based on the ability to pay fees. A lot of poor children don’t get the opportunity to attend high-quality schools. They don’t get to showcase their talent.
Also, there is a huge amount of disparity in the education quality of urban and rural areas. Mobile education will give these underprivileged societies a chance to learn equally well and enhance their skills and talent.
It can also lead to diminishing gender inequality in education systems. Both girls as, as well as boys, get equal opportunities.
3. Learning Redefined With Digital Learning Modules
New mobile technologies have created the opportunity for the suitable and economical distribution of the resources. The recent proliferation of eBooks has reduced the cost of classroom resources. It has also made the process of going to class more convenient; bags are lighter and there’s less for students to remember to bring.
Course modules and learning material can now be received more quickly than before. Education institutions can send a digitized copy of these papers to their students via email or web portals. This means that students will not have a problem accessing critical resources anytime anywhere.
4. Maximizing Cloud Storages for increased collaboration
Physical submission of assignments is no longer required in a Learning educational system. Professors and students can now exchange information by using cloud storage such as Google Drive and Dropbox.
Because information on the cloud is updated in real-time professors can track their student’s progress. They can even add suggestions without requiring actual consultations.
Additionally, the cloud can allow institutions to revolutionize exams in such a way that they become convenient for students who cannot come to give the exam. The whole concept of distance learning has flourished due to this.
Universities can mobilize the way they facilitate examinations by designing virtual exams using Google Forms and other techniques.
5. A new literacy emerges: Software literacy
MLearning will give rise to software literacy with people getting more comfortable with new complex software. It will also act as a great platform to gain technical knowledge from experts. People can experiment with the knowledge attained on various platforms available.
6. Education’s long tail and customization
It can start from as basic as various apps to keep children engrossed and learn basic alphabets, numbers, and rhymes. It will help higher education by providing a huge amount of data.
The significance here is of the ad hoc nature of knowledge you can gain. University restricts you to take a particular domain and subject. Whereas, Mlearning will give you the flexibility to choose subjects of your interest.
The subjects need not only be from academic backgrounds such as mathematics, sciences. It can be as basic as grandmother sharing her recipe for a cherished dish. Thus education will get a refined meaning.
7. Teachers and pupils trade roles
The hand-held connected tools provide opportunities for students to be teachers and vice versa. It acts as a common platform to learn and develop rather than traditional teach and learn.
8. Collaborations with mobile banking and mobile health initiatives
Education institutions can adapt to some new ideas. For instance, using text messages to deliver teacher feedback, short lessons, and grades. MHeatlh, mLearning, and finance can also work collaboratively.
Eventually, better education using mobile technology can easily improve people’s financial condition and in turn, positively influence their health. When these three factors are combined, the result will always be greater than the result individual components would be able to produce. Applied on a micro or macro scale, this will be very effective in personal, regional as well as at the national scale.
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