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2013-11-05

Mobile learning

To put it simple, mobile learning allows students to obtain digital training content on their mobile devices. Mobile learning content is accessible from virtually anywhere. The students can learn anywhere (outside of the classroom) and at any time.

Mobile learners are no longer tied to a desk or to a schedule. They can access the online courses from a train, car, or bed using their mobile devices. They may start a course online at their classroom desk, pause, and resume it later from the point where they left off on their mobile device. Even the teachers can interact with their course even if they are physically away.

Students prefer to use mobile devices based training

These days the mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones are becoming necessary for college and school students as a backpack. Some schools and colleges are embracing the mobile devices as a powerful tool. They are taking advantage of what mobile has to offer.

Longfield Academy in Kent, England, is a school covering grade levels 7 to 13. In the year 2012, more than 800 students were given iPads. The implementation of this large scale one-to-one iPad program was driven by an iLearning Group led by the school’s Principal.

Later on, a survey was carried out to assess the impact of iPad and here is the brief overview of the key findings. Students are more motivated by lessons that are taught on the iPad than those that do not. They are demanding that the use of iPad be widened further. The quality of work and the percentage of success of the students have gone up since the introduction of the iPad. Almost every teacher in the school regularly uses the iPads in their teaching. They have witnessed a significant drop in their workload.

In February 2013, an online survey was conducted online within the USA by the learning company Pearson. The survey was conducted among 2,350 students, including 500 elementary school students, 750 middle school students, and 1,100 high school students. The elementary school covers 4th-5th grades; middle school involves 6th-8th grades, and high school comprises 9th-12th grade students.

According to the survey, about 92% of the students agree that mobile devices will change how students learn in the future and will make learning more fun. The majority of middle and high school students are enthusiastic about using tablets and would like to use them more often in their classes. More than eight in ten students say that students who use tablets do better in classes. About nine in ten students like to use textbooks in digital format rather than carrying printed textbooks on their backs. A considerable portion of high and middle school students own and regularly use tablets and smartphones. Over six in ten students use their devices at least several times a week for training purposes. The school activities that students use mobile devices for are doing homework, doing research, taking notes in class, and checking assignments.

Learning Management System LMS features

The teachers create interactive multimedia content without requiring programming skills. The students access documents, images, music, and videos uploaded by their teachers. They complete their course assignments while on the go, even while offline. And then when they are again connected, the mobile application synchronizes their work with the LMS.

The speech-to-text functionality lets the students dictate their notes instead of typing them word by word. The application learns their voice to improve accuracy over time. The students may even record an audio lecture and the transcription feature of the application attempts to convert it into the text.

The students make use of the camera to create a new note by taking a picture, let’s say, of a classmate’s notes. The application allows them to convert text visible within the images into editable text.

The giant, heavy dictionary can be replaced by a mobile dictionary application. When you type a search term, as a result, its definition, synonyms & antonyms, example sentences, and audio pronunciations are returned.

The students receive the latest announcements posted by teachers. It could be, for instance, about their assignments, upcoming learning events, required learning, etc. The students communicate with classmates by posting or responding to comment on their blogs.

To measure the students’ comprehension, the teachers can create and deliver simple assessments or quizzes containing true/false, multiple choice, fill-in-the blanks, and free text/essay questions. The teachers can track the students’ progress, completion, and their scores. For each of the courses, the teachers can upload a certificate template. Then when a trainee completes a course successfully, she can download a PDF-formatted certificate bearing her name.

You may also find an article from Discovery Channel explaining top ten reasons why classrooms should use mobile devices like iPads.