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How Mobility is Revolutionizing the Education Sector

August 28, 2015
By Special Guest
Krish Kupathil , Founder & CEO, Mobiliya Technologies

Way back in the 90s, studious kids were often referred to as book worms. We still have them today, but we no longer call them book worms. Because, hey, aren’t the books missing now? Instead of books, we now see kids pouring over swanky smartphones, tablets and laptops. Books are no longer the best friends of these school/college-going Generation Z (yes, that’s what the latest crop of teens, pre-teens and kids are called). This is the real digital generation, who doesn’t know what it is to NOT have a mobile device. Thus, it is only natural that schools and colleges are undergoing a fundamental change to cater to Gen Z. Mobile learning is rapidly replacing all other forms, a fact complemented by Apple’s $1 billion record breaking sales of iPads in the educational sector a couple of years back.

Learning like Never Before

Mobile devices have transformed learning in more ways that we can think of. The following 10 things are the most prominent and visible amongst the several tangible and intangible effects:

  1. School Goes with You: For long, schools and colleges were finite, physical spaces that students visited for a specific amount of time. With almost all students owning a smartphone or a tablet, students are now connected to their school, teachers, assignments and course materials 24/7. Thus, it no longer matters if you are in school or not. In fact, you can safely say that wherever you go, your school goes with you, enclosed inside your mobile device.
  2. Virtual School Bag: Millennials like us, still remember the toil of carrying and locking up loads of books – textbooks, notebooks, course guides, reference materials and the list goes on. But not anymore. Kids these days, no longer need to carry different books for different subjects. One device fits all is what they live by today. Students can access all of their textbooks and course materials, assignments and time table from their mobile device, making it a virtual school bag.
  3. Self-paced Learning: This is arguably, the most significant change that mobile learning has brought in. With online lessons and study materials available with detailed instructions and question set at the end of every chapter, it has become much easier for students to learn at their own pace. This is such a relief from when learning occurred in a specific time and place and you had no choice.
  4. Differentiated Learning: Yet another key fall out of mobile learning, differentiated learning refers to using learning methods and resources for learning of your choice. Rote learning from books and black boards is a passé. Mobile devices have enabled students to learn from not just books but also videos, podcasts, webinars, slideshows and even video conferencing. Also, teachers can create and give different tests and assignments to every student without much hassle, helping especially weaker students to progress faster
  5. Experiential Learning: This is one of the most fascinating things about mobile learning and one that would want all of us to go back to school. Augmented reality apps are now helping students to not just learn but “experience” and enjoy the power of immersive learning. So history teachers can not only teach about World Wars but even re-create them using AR, making the whole exercise so much meaningful.
  6. Gamification: With kids literally growing up on a staple of mobile games, it’s no wonder that it is the best way to capture attention and ensure greater engagement. Mobile devices now allow students to learn key lessons through word puzzles, number riddles and math games, making learning fun and truly rewarding.
  7. Future Ready: The students of today are the workforce of tomorrow. With cloud computing dominating workspaces, students need to start indulging in mobile and cloud technologies right from a young age. Mobile devices are allowing students to effectively communicate and collaborate with each other using cloud applications. Students can now work on shared documents, communicate and discuss assignments using email, chat and video conferencing, preparing them for the enterprise environment of tomorrow.
  8. Far-reaching: While this may not hold true to the urban centers, the power of mobile learning can truly be felt in the far rural areas. With smartphones becoming plentiful and very cheap, they have unlocked a plethora of opportunities for those who do not have direct access to quality learning. Students can participate in “Live Lectures” from anywhere just through their smartphone (not even a tablet), creating a never-before impact.
  9. New Learning Methods: Mobile devices have given rise to newer formats like blended & flipped learnings that drive student-teacher interaction, fuel engagement and make learning more personalized. Teachers can share course content like text, videos and audio clips which students can refer to before, during or after class. With blended learning, students can opt for a mix of in-class and digital learning, wherein few subjects are taught in school while some subjects are taught online. A precise learning curve that suits the needs and temperament of the current generation.
  10. Enhance Teaching Pedagogies: With a diverse range of mobile devices available, it provides teachers to enhance teaching pedagogies. Teachers can creatively use & embed mobile devices in the learning process, making even the most drab lessons fun and interesting for the students.

A 2014 survey states that about 76 percent teachers state that mobile devices can enhance learning as they make content more engaging. Over the last few years, mobile learning has steadily gained ground and is set to become a permanent feature in schools, colleges and universities, worldwide. 

Krish Kupathil is the founder and CEO of Mobiliya, a world leader in enterprise mobility and education products. Krish has led the company to build innovative products in enterprise & military level security, collaboration and communication for the fast growing BYOD model in enterprises and enterprise device management. 

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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