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M-learning: The next big thing

10:11 am on Saturday 18 April 2015


What is M-learning?


M-learning is therefore learning, using personal electronic devices, as per the convenience in terms of portability, mobility of the user,and forms a mode of live, or distance education.


The devices that support m-learning include mobile phones, tablets, notebooks, mp3 players, and handheld computers. These enable the user to carry loads of information or download anything, anytime and; stay updated with latest content, news, videos, multimedia applications; on the go.


Why M-learning?


M-learning is a faster and easier way of dissipating and gathering information. Round the clock availability of news, timely updates,interactive videos and online forums make then world a classroom and the gadget one’s teacher.


M-learning is the answer to the problems of restrictions placed on those who cannot go to school on a regular basis. Home schooling has achieved an altogether new meaning with the concept at hand.


The technologically hungry generation therefore has no barriers, whatsoever.


Break the taboos


Blackboards are no more the instrument of a teacher; they have been transformed into electronic gorilla glass coated screens, with world class retina display and state of the art light and color adjustment features.


Teachers now no more have to be those stern looking professionally clad humans who are characterized by a whipping stick. The apps and PDF files and eBooks are the novel storehouse of knowledge.


M-learning has eased teachers’ burden by providing them the facilities of real time assessments and results. With a wide range of affordable mobile phones and tablets,kids today have an easy access to the m-learning sources. Also, m-learning reduces physical barriers and is a solitary form of learning, in a virtually social mode; ensuring best of the both worlds.


Thus learning was not ever easier, or mobile enough.


Breath young, Learn old


Black and white textbook pages have now been transformed into the apps, PDF files, eBooks and diverse multimedia solutions, available throughout and round the clock that make learning nothing but fun.


Innovation is the theme they operate on. Continued updates and features make the learning experience fun. For toddlers, games increase their perception and make senses stronger. Home schooling was never easier.


Each One Teach One


Easier OS and methods of operating these devices increases the ease of learning, and the freedom of personalization (especially Android),makes it user friendly. Apps are also especially designed for the physically handicapped, making their experience personalized and hassle free.


These apps are a boon to the people in remote areas where even basic educational infrastructure is a distant dream. Kids (and even adults) there get a rabid chance of climbing the technological and education all adder; at the same time; with m-learning tools.


With availability of text in multiple languages,audio-visual mode of learning, state of the art interaction facilities;education has become reachable for the common man.


Apps and websites doing the needful


M-learning is easier with availability of apps and websites meant for the same.

A few of the top players are Wolfram Alpha, Physics Explorer, Bits board, pykstore.com, Fry Words; among many others.

M-learning makes interaction widespread and easier with virtual classrooms and panels online.


Students become more exploratory with unlimited resources available in no time. A worldwide phenomenon of education, m-learning dissolves geographical barriers and enhances quality of learning.


What’s in store for the future?


Old school approaches are easily tackled with, and newer learning methods are ushered in. Traditional form of education, restricted knowledge, confirmation to ideas and principles, lack of epistemological sources; are all answered to when learning is not limited to four walls and paperback textbooks.


With drastic developments, open source technologies, cheaper hardware m-learning is undoubtedly the next big step towards changing the face of education. With its convenient layout and easy accessibility, it has the potential to transform the world of education by leaps and bounds.

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