The only thing technology is not having an impact on in this world is ‘nothing’. The mobile technology and smart phone is becoming more useful and needful by the day. Technological innovators are modifying the use of the mobile devices everyday to suit or everyday needs, and to making living easier. Education had been a major opposition when it comes to the use of mobile devices for young students. The question has even been raised about the contribution and benefits of the mobile devices to the Education of the younger ones. Many criticized that it is merely a distraction, but we will be going through a couple of cogent points on the benefits of using a smart phone, and specifically – mobile apps in Education.
MODIFIED LEARNING METHODS – Many traditional educationists may frown at this, because they did not learn with mobile apps and they believe it is a distraction. However, one thing to consider is who the inventors and developers are. Geniuses! They are actually Geniuses! Which means understanding how the smart phone works alone will task the student’s brain, and in turn improve his cognitive skills. How much more impact would applications that are made specifically for educational purposes make? There are many different mobile apps that were created to teach students different things. Interestingly, they were made to interest the students.
COMMUNICATION – If schools implement mobile apps, teachers can communicate really with students regardless of distance, and file transfer would be a lot easier. Moreso, the Parent-Teacher Association does not have to wait till their physical meeting before important information is passed. Parents are busy, and so are teachers. How much ease would be added to each party’s lives if they don’t have to set out time for PTA meetings and emergency information? How blissful would it be for parents and teacher to have a platform where discussions can be made anytime and conveniently? These are some of the things mobile apps can do.
E-LIBRARY AND BOOK SEARCH APPS – Since teenagers and younger students like to use their smart phones for assignments and reading, e-library facilities will come in handy. They can now find books online and carry them around on their phones! They do not have to heap up a ton of books before they can read. This also makes it easier for them to read frequently and conveniently. They could read on a journey, either in a bus, a train or an aircraft.
ADMINISTRATIVE FUNCTIONS – Smart phones and mobile apps can also make the administrative work easier. Students can now pay tuition and other fees online, conveniently. The smart phones can be used to access a result portal, a registration portal, manage and keep track of attendance, etc. It does not just help the students, but everybody.
The mobile device is called a smart phone because it is expected to be able to provide adequate solutions to its user’s needs, including in education. This is why most students find it easy to use a mobile phone for assignments and other technological needs.