We’re entering a phase in mobile learning that is very exciting due to the advances in mobile technology. Today’s generation of mobile phones have larger screen sizes, can play and store quality audio and video, can capture higher resolution of images, have larger storage capacities, and can access the Internet faster.
As a result, we now have an increased ability to not only reach students outside traditional school hours, but reach them through a variety of learning objects. Below are some forms of educative material that work well with mobile phone technologies of today.
Using a mobile phone is all about immediacy. The need is for quick answers to specific questions. Learning content must reflect this requirement by providing material that enables a user to quickly zone into information. Examples of instant information are definitions, formulae, and equations, etc.
Who wrote the Declaration of Independence? Thomas Jefferson. Which year was the cotton gin invented? 1793. Revision is an important part of education, and testing one’s learning using flashcards and quizzes, facilitates easy recall of points likely to be needed in tests.
Mobile phones provide an easy way to get a group coordinated on a project. Quick and instant feedback, support through video, images and text from multiple sources, and real-time interaction can enable peer-to-peer learning, resulting in better task comprehension and performance.
How to change a tyre. Writing a business letter. Simple science experiment procedures. The mobile phone is geared to providing short chunks of learning material at a time. Content that works within this requirement like how-to’s, procedures and short lessons, can easily be adapted into mobile learning content.
Many teachers already use video and audio to support their lessons, and converting these to a digital format, or finding similar material online can be done easily enough. By providing students access to this content, this valuable learning material will be available to them anywhere, anytime.