Technology has taken over several aspects of our lives. From security to health and also to education sector, the role of technology has been critical. The mobile devices are the easiest reference point when analyzing how technology has impacted the lives of people. This is because the mobile devices are rated as the most used tools in making use of the modern technology.
In education, the mobile devices play a critical role. The classroom lessons can be conducted through the mobile phones. This makes these devices the greatest contributors to the effect of technology in learning. So how have the mobile devices contributed to education sector?
The Mobile Devices Enable Inquiry-Based Learning
Through the mobile devices applications, students can be able to send inquiries to the instructors at any time from any location. This facilitation through the inquiries is what is called inquiry-based learning. You don’t have to be in class to send these inquiries to your teacher. Students can be able to send the inquiries to other students and learning communities too. The creation of student discussion groups in the yesteryears has been taken a notch higher through the applications. If you attended a boarding school in the years when we didn’t have the phones, you know how difficult it was to get a question answered over the holidays.
Therefore, you had to literally walk to another person’s home so that you can discuss this query and have an answer. Or basically, you had to wait for schools reopening to ask the tutor. However, with the student’s groups and online forums, you can be able to ask a question and get an answer almost immediately. This is the power of mobile devices in education and knowledge sharing.
Mobile Devices Enable Video Learning
This is another great addition to the education sector from the mobile devices. We have robust video applications that can be used to share knowledge between the learners and also the tutors to the learners. The E-learning is a reality as you can be able to log in to a live class session in the UK while you are in Malaysia. Therefore, the much-needed teacher-student interaction can be run through the video applications in the mobile devices. Google uses the Classroom application to teach the developers worldwide and their applications users. This is a good example of how the mobile devices help in sharing knowledge and bridging the gap between the knowledge tanks and the students.
Mobile Devices Have Enabled Re-inventing of Textbooks
You don’t have to purchase a physical textbook to read it. You can read the E-books. The downloadable versions of the E-book can be shared with the other readers too. This makes the books affordable, and therefore it is easy for the readers to get the essential knowledge. Readers can team up and purchase an E-book and share among themselves. This is possible even if they are oceans apart.
These are some of the advantages of the mobile devices in education. Therefore, the schools and colleges should be encouraged to invest more in the devices since they make learning easier and enjoyable not forgetting affordability.