5 Ways Mobile Apps Are Changing Education

It wasn’t all that long ago that teachers and administrators were banning mobile devices like smartphones and tablets in the classroom, fearing that students would use them to cheat, or merely text their friends all through class. These devices became the modern equivalent of passing a note while the teacher’s back was turned. And yet, many forward-thinking educators saw these technological gadgets as an opportunity to enhance the learning experience. Clearly kids are keen on using them, so plenty of teachers have opted to adopt the attitude “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em”. And the result has been that mobile devices are changing the way both students and educators approach the learning process. In fact, there has been a boom in mobile applications designed to aid in education, and for use in the classroom in particular. Here are just a few ways these apps are changing education.

  1. Interactive learning. You could argue that kids toiling away at worksheets or problems on the board are interacting in the classroom setting. And they’re certainly being engaged when they participate in class discussions or answer questions when called on. But mobile devices and the applications that populate them allow for a much more immersive experience for many students. While there are those that might hang back in class, too shy to speak up, the interface presented on a smartphone or tablet could allow them a new avenue of participation. And considering how excited kids are about these new forms of technology, it only makes sense that they would jump right into lessons involving the use of mobile media.
  2. Connection with kids. Many teachers struggle to find ways to connect with their students, and it’s no wonder when lecturing is the main format for transmitting information in the classroom. Luckily, mobile devices and attendant apps are helping teachers to deliver data in a way that allows them to connect with students at their level. Kids use these devices as a means of communication and interacting with the world. It may not be the way most adults learned, but it can certainly give them a new perspective when it comes to getting kids excited about learning.
  3. Media in the classroom. Any lesson is bound to be more fun when it involves infographics, podcasts, video content, and even interactive graphics displays, and mobile apps can provide for all of these forms of media. The savvy teacher can find plenty of ways to use applications in the classroom setting, either through programs designed specifically for learning or by utilizing apps that have other purposes in ways that complement otherwise boring lessons.
  4. Forms of communication. Aside from academics, schools also provide lessons in social skills that teach kids how to interact with their peer group, authority figures, and society as a whole. Since social media is changing the way kids and teens communicate, it is imperative that teachers understand these platforms and find ways to make them work in the classroom. Many educators, for example, have opted to create Facebook pages for their classroom as a way for students to carry on academic discussions outside of class or access information about assignments.
  5. Technological learning. Technological skills are even now becoming an integral part of both daily life and the majority of employment opportunities. Kids that are unaware of mobile devices and apps, or that lack access to them, are going to be left behind in this computerized revolution. Whether they eventually shoot for an Ivy League education or anĀ online mba, having instruction in how to use the mobile space in a professional and appropriate manner is going to prove invaluable.

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