Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: New Age Learning

There was a time when technology was limited to only telephones, TV, and computers.  Cut to 2019 we’re now engulfed with technology. It is nearly impossible to think our daily life without it.

New technologies like AI, machine learning, and educational software aren’t just changing the field for students, they’re shaking up the role of educators, creating philosophical shifts in approaches to teaching, and remodeling the classroom.

With an influx of new learning models available, traditional educational methods are bound to evolve. To get a better sense of where things are heading, Suryadatta has taken a closer look at technology’s developing role in the field of Educational Technology (EdTech) and outlined the advances that could be spelled out for the future.

Let’s go through them one by one.

Educational Technology (EdTech)

What’s the big deal about Educational Technology?

Google defines EdTech as ”digital technology used to facilitate learning.”

Students today are always intrigued and engaged in using technology. This engagement opens up doors to remarkable opportunities for schools, teachers and parents. This can make both teachings and learning a fun activity. Classroom sessions are also recorded and send to parents for them to monitor and check their child’s progress. Every student learns differently, and technology allows educators to accommodate unique learning styles on a case-by-case basis. EdTech is quickly replacing the role of textbooks in the classrooms and students are tackling subjects with the aid of tailor-made computer programs that assist their needs. What it does is:

  • Inculcates educational values of tools and applications
  • Ability to engage children in learning
  • Easy to use
  • Check the interaction between children and tools
  • Observe the positive effects
  • Tracks the progress of every child

Here are the 5 advantages the educators and children will highly benefit from.

Advantages

  • Increases efficiency
  • Improves collaboration
  • Promotes better communication
  • Presents extra help
  • Provides virtual experiences, multimedia to address all learning styles

 

Mobile Learning (mLearning)

Why is Mobile learning prompting its Fast Adoption?

Google defines mLearningas “education or training conducted by means of portable computing devices such as smart phones or tablet computers.”

According to the recent report, 80% of people use smart phones during the day time. Hence, it makes it viable to make use it for the learning process. If we consider it as a new dimension then the use of smart phones can revolutionize the Indian educational world.

You may ask about why not the traditional method of operandi? The probable answer for this can be, “The real purpose of education is for the brain to be empowered with information and Technology can certainly make our work easier. These wireless handheld devices have better penetration even in rural areas where education prerequisite do not exist.

Regardless of the technique, whether you go with a 1:1 iPad activity, BYOD (bring your own gadget), or some other strategy, get going with the mLearning technology. These 5 advantages will make you believe in its power:

Advantages

  • Flexibility of learning
  • Options of creating engaging learning
  • Distance is not a limitation
  • Multi-device support

 

Bottom line

The growth of a country relies on the education system. Thus, to improve the overall standard of India’s education, the teaching methodologies need to evolve too.

Technology’s benefit in the classroom is all in the way it’s used. When paired with interpersonal relationships, thoughtful educators, and deliberate programs, technology can be an incredible asset. In the future, it’s likely that we’ll start seeing classrooms adopt a one-to-one ratio between kids and devices. We’ll soon experience custom learning via smart sensory &visual devices which will be the advent of the new era of learning.

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