Many young people use mobile devices only for gaming, texting friends, chatting, and passing the time with fun activities. However, the same devices that have gained phenomenal popularity around the world for entertainment and communications will also be used to enhance and shape the future of classroom education.
Mobile device technology for the classroom is not yet accepted by all educators. The notion that mobile phones can and should be used in the classroom is slow to catch on, mainly because learning in ways other than traditional methods is a hard concept for some teachers, especially for those who have not yet learned the newest technology themselves and are at a loss to incorporate more advanced mobile devices into their teaching methods.
With the go-ahead and approvals that will eventually come, students will be using mobile devices instead of merely listening to lectures and memorizing material from text books. For many children and adults in schools and colleges, traditional learning methods are mind-numbing experiences that lead to poor learning outcomes and low test scores as attention fades and eyes begin to glaze over.
So, how do we regain our students’ attention throughout their educational careers? If students are to learn, they need to be intrigued and engaged in the learning process. What do kids of all ages, young and old, enjoy these days? Technology, of course.
Children and adults are hooked on gadgets they can carry with them. For starters, Internet-accessible devices and a web browser can be used to almost instantly research subject matter. Interactive methods of teaching and learning will be key to grabbing the attention of students who may otherwise be falling asleep on their textbook.
Many educators and students will eventually have access to top-notch learning centers using cloud computing, and students will be able to access fascinating information that will get – and keep – their attention. (Find out more about cloud computing in related articles on Helium.com or by doing a Google search.)
The future of learning in the classroom will indeed by changed by technological innovation. By using high-tech devices, time will be saved, and more learning ground can be covered. The weight of stacks of books being carried around all day will be reduced, allowing better posture and less strain on muscles. The waste of paper that occurs daily in schools around the world will decrease. New technology introduced into schools, although a costly investment at the outset, will pay for itself in very little time and reduce school budgets in the long run as a result.
Besides iPhones, the most popular communications and classroom mobile device to date besides the laptop computer, other innovations will be employed in the not-too-distant future. Digital pens with audio features will record with accuracy what is written and discussed. The information will be uploaded to a computer for further study or print-out, and the audio feature will help clarify data.
E-readers will replace the stacks of books with one easy-to-carry book-sized mobile device. Digital voice recorders will help students stay on track with lectures, assignment due dates, and other vital information. The list of advanced mobile devices continues to grow; they will change the landscape of learning in ways we could not have imagined even a few short years ago.
Much of the learning will come in the form of researching, recording, and discussing, although students will still need to memorize to retain what they learn. The ramifications of not memorizing what has been found in research will only be harmful to future generations who would eventually lose the capacity to retain information. But in the short term, students who cannot memorize information quickly or retain it quite as well may be much more able to find and understand material found on the Internet.
A combination of textbook learning and electronic research via mobile device may be the best method of learning for some students. Depending on a student’s learning style, reading from a textbook and using a mobile device may vastly improve the ability, and even the desire, to grasp concepts and pique interest in some subjects. This, of course, can lead to a reduction in drop-out rates at all educational levels – a benefit to society in general.
Mobile devices may well provide the spark that ignites a passion for learning in students who find traditional learning methods boring, or for other reasons, do not now achieve well academically. For high school students, this way of learning will also help with preparation for higher education. It will undoubtedly prepare students for the working world after that, which already relies heavily on mobile devices in the workplace. Mobile devices will eventually become more commonplace in classrooms and enhance the future of learning.