Mobile Learning in Classrooms of the Future

GENEUCLA on January 14, 2009

Many schools have banned the use of cell phones and devices like the iPod touch while on campus.  However, there are some that feel mobile learning is not that far off in the future, including Mobicip founder and CEO, Suren Ramasubbu.  In fact, I just recently read an article where the iPod touch has been used as a mobile learning device at school in Australia.  In the latest edition of Converge Magazine, Suren shares his thoughts, along with his mentor, regarding the educational opportunities afforded by the iPod touch.  Here's the beginning portion of the article:

Angela is tackling a conundrum presented by the game she is playing on her smartphone. Only in this case, the game isn't for leisure even though it feels like it. It was assigned by her teacher as part of her algebra class. She flicks her finger to review the class lecture again, and now understands the problem better. A couple more attempts, and the game ends with Angela scoring at the level she was shooting for. She sends an instant message to her teacher to submit the score and receive credit for the assignment. He thanks her for being prompt, and notes that she is still outperforming the class and is only two points away from being District Algebra Champion.

The following morning, while riding the bus to school, Angela retrieves a few assessment items the District Accountability Officer has broadcast to users in her fifth-grade level. In a few minutes, she reviews the items, scores them and submits the responses in real time. Moments later, Angela receives a note indicating her responses keep her in the 99th percentile and on track to end the year, mastering half of her course objectives.

For some people, smartphones are the coolest mobile gadgets on the market; for others, they're just a fad. What most don't realize is that they have the potential to revolutionize education technology. These new devices are slowly but surely shifting the dialogue from laptop learning to mobile learning.

To read the rest of the story, you can access it here.  Congratulations on your first publication!