Check out this article written by Mobl21 CEO, Sesh Kumar and published by Learning Solutions Magazine, on the state of mobile learning across schools and universities in the US today.
BLACKBOARDS TO BLACKBERRIES:
Mobile Learning Buzzes Across Schools & Universities
As the bell rings, the teacher reminds students that podcasts of the lecture are available for download, and queries that come up during study review can be messaged to her number.
While educators today are grasping with new terms like “coursecasting” and “tweetup” the mobile generation has begun to flex opposing digits in ways implying evolution has taken another dramatic leap forward.
The benefits of utilizing technology to advance learning methods have been hashed, rehashed and largely swallowed. What is still being seen is how institutions adapt their pedagogies to deliver educational content in a way that exploits these technologies effectively.
Generation M: Students with Cellphones
Today’s students live in a world enveloped by the web. They read their news from online publications, publish their content on blogs, and share to-the-minute updates using Twitter.
And for the last few years they’ve been doing all this, on their phones.
In the 2009 Parent-Teen Cell Phone Survey, conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates, 75% of 12-17-year-olds own cellphones (from 45% in 2004) .
With advances in technology, this decade has seen a leap in mobile content delivery, resulting in a new generation of mobile learners, distinct from the communities of “tethered” e-learning.
American students spend 7.5 hours a day absorbing and creating media – as much time as they spend in school. They multitask across screens to cram 11 hours of content into those 7.5 hours. And most of these activities are happening on smartphones equipped with audio, video, SMS, and mobile applications.
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