Why should a teacher be prepared to allow or require students to use mobile devices to achieve learning objectives?
- Customized learning experiences.
Online training provides learners with more personalized training than a classroom course does. For example, with online training, learners can choose whether they want to read or watch a video about a topic. They can also participate in a branching scenario with a “choose your own adventure” style. Mobile Learning further customizes the learning experience with freedom of device and the freedom of learning anywhere, anytime.
- Learning doesn’t have to stop when you’re offline.
Mobile learning can offer the flexibility for students to continue training offline. Here’s a performance support example: if students are on a learning site but can’t access the internet, they can still reference important learning materials that they’ve already downloaded on their phones or tablets.
- Mobile learning and gamification is a strategic pair.
Your students are most likely already using their phones and tablets for games. It’s how they stay entertained during downtime, whether that’s 15 minutes waiting for a table at a restaurant or 4 hours on a flight. What if you could take those sections of time and use them for game-based learning on students’ mobile devices? Now, that’s strategic. Rather than playing Candy Crush or Words with Friends or whatever the latest iPhone game is, your students can use their 45-minute layover to complete a short learning game. (Wroten, 2015)
- GUIDING PRINCIPLES
1. Send Regular Reminders To Their Mobile Devices: with mobile devices, it’s easy to send reminders using push notifications. All we need is a little tap on the shoulder now and then to keep us on track when we are trying to learn something new, and mobile devices make this process easy.
2. Break Things Down Into Smaller Chunks: The truth is there is no reason to be cynical about our shortening attention spans – it simply means that information needs to be broken down so that it’s easier to digest. Allow your learners to go with their own pace rather than require them to sit down for large blocks of material and you’ll see that they respond and retain the information much better.
3. Make The Process A Collaborative One: Mobile learning platforms make it easy for your learners to interact with each other. When learners interact with each other it gives them the ability to gain unique insights and see things from an outside perspective. It also promotes an introspective process that improves their focus on the important parts of your course material.
4. Ask For Feedback: Since this feedback can be given anonymously, many learners will be more than happy to tell you exactly what they want and what will help them learn in a more efficient manner.
5. Optimize For Multiple Devices: Taking the time to ensure that your mobile learning platform is cross compatible will save you a tremendous amount of headaches in the future. (Cooper, 2017)
· EXAMPLES OF MOBILE ACTIVITIES
1. One elite course our school has is called actually the example on our activity page, students need to use GPS devices as a group to complete certain activities, this elite course is for the lower-grade students, so I haven’t been there myself. But I know it is literally mobile learning, students are not only using mobile devices but also moving their bodies as they learn, and it is also a collaborative learning experience.
2. Another mobile learning example would be online interactive classrooms apps on which students can tap and answer questions on their own devices, the websites are evolving and creating more features that students can “play” with, ranging from typical multiple choice and True/False questions to more complicated Jumble and free response questions, they are really engaging and fun to do in class.
- Wroten, C. (2015, July 9). 4 reasons why mobile learning is A smart strategy. Retrieved February 12, 2017, from Mobile Learning, https://elearningindustry.com/4-reasons-mobile-learning-smart-strategy
- Cooper, S. (2017, January 18). 7 ways to improve your mobile learning experience. Retrieved February 12, 2017, from Mobile Learning, https://elearningindustry.com/7-ways-improve-your-mobile-learning-experience