“It will soon be possible, for a business man in New York to dictate instructions and have them appear instantly in type in London or elsewhere. It will only be necessary to carry an inexpensive instrument… which will enable its bearer to hear anywhere on sea or land for distances of thousands of miles… One may listen or transmit speech or song to the uttermost parts of the world. In the same way any kind of picture, drawing or print can be transferred from one place to another…
…The song of a great singer, the speech of a political leader, the sermon of a great divine, the lecture of a man of science may thus be delivered to an audience scattered all over the world.” Nikola Tesla, New York Times | October, 1909
If Nikola Tesla were to awaken and join today’s mobile community, perhaps his first tweet to the world would be, “i tld u so”.
While most of us have witnessed, experienced and benefited from this tremendous communication growth, what has yet to be foreseen is the extensive learning potential mobile technology is bringing to the field of education.
M-learning, mobile learning, mobile elearning. Regardless of how you refer to it, the future of education is undergoing a dramatic change. Largely focussed on imparting educational information using mobile devices, mobile learning offers today’s educators a powerful tool to facilitate an interactive learning experience.
In the urban educational context, each year sees younger and younger generations of students, absorbing and integrating technology into the various facets their life with ease. Do they still need slide shows, with each student holding a phone screen? Or to share a computer, with a pretty powerful computing device in every pocket? With the application of mobile learning, institutions and schools will soon be able to provide study aids and real-time support to a competitive, and techno-savvy student body.
Making learning a 24/7 process.
The potential is enormous. Perhaps even beyond what a man of Nikola Tesla’s precognitive abilities could comprehend.
If you’re interested in mobile learning you’ve come to the right place. In this blog we’ll cover the latest happenings in the mobile elearning world, and discuss potential initiatives, key challenges, & possible pitfalls. We’ll also take a look at some interesting examples of mobile technology in education, and figure out which institutions have successfully implemented mobile education and how.