One of the main concerns facing newcomers to mobile learning revolve around the technology that needs to be absorbed and used. For those new to mobile phone technologies and web browsing itself, it could present some learning time, but otherwise mobile learning is easy to understand and fast to implement.
Internet browsing and basic formatting skills are important, but they are not critical to be able to offer mobile learning to students. If you are already browsing the net, emailing and creating documents and presentations with ease, you will have no trouble adapting to mobile learning applications.
Using Mobile Devices
Mobile phones are not new technology. Most of us have switched phones and service providers and have experienced a few days of steady paced usage before our fingers started to fly. Of course the pleasure of owning a new phone made the learning fun instead of tedious. Picking up usage on your new mobile learning tool will be something like that. Most mobile learning programs today incorporate smartphones, which are designed to be intuitive and usually touch based, and do not require special training to use.
Exploring Mobile Apps
Smartphone apps are almost everywhere now, and if you’ve used a smartphone device you’ve probably already downloaded and used new mobile apps. Like software programs, devices apps are programs designed to work on mobile devices and are usually very intuitive and easy to learn.
Software for Content Creation
What may require some getting used to, is the software that will enable your teachers to deliver customized content to student mobile devices. While these are designed to be easy to use, as with any new software there will be a small learning period which educators will need to become more familiar with the software features.
Mobl21 is an m-learning service that offers three ways (DIY, purchase, or purchase & modify) to get your content mobile ready. The Mobl21 is an easy-to-use platform which is designed to create content in just a few steps. You can even add video, audio, images and animations to lessons and create entire courses without any hassle.
Bandwidth & Connectivity
Multiple devices trying to access the internet from your school at the same time can lead to some bandwidth issues. Especially if your mobile learning plan requires multimedia applications, the transmission of voice and video over your school’s wifi could cause a bottleneck if your bandwidth is not geared to meet it. However thanks to the recent FCC’s E-Rate Order schools and libraries can now have access higher broadband speeds for lower prices by increasing their options for broadband providers and streamlining the application process. The FCC’s upgrades to E-Rate include ultra-fast fiber, school spots, learning on-the-go, and the 21st Century E-Rate Program.