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Nurturing the Spirit of Innovation through M-Learning
The sole aim of the technology is advancing and enhancing the classroom teaching-learning situations especially to enhance group collaboration among students and instructors. A teachers must train the students in multitasked, multifaceted, technology-driven, diverse, vibrant world in an inclusive manner. The experience of independent learning may encourage the students to continue the learning process on their own in other fields and in the future. Teachers can encourage the students to be resource providers and can train them to be self-learners and self-trainers in an education with technology. Mobile learning is acquisition of any knowledge using portable technologies like mobile phones, iPads and PDAs since they have more processing power and more interesting applications than were commonly available on desktop machines a decade ago.
M-Learning means “acquisition of any knowledge and skill through using mobile technology anytime, anywhere that results in alteration of behavior.” The term covers learning with portable technologies, where focus is on learning in mobile society with a focus on how its institutions can accommodate and support learning of an increasingly mobile population.
M-Learning-A Convenient way to Access Knowledge
Technology is ubiquitous, touching almost every part of our lives, communities and homes. Besides, the devices required to access mobile network are relatively inexpensive compared to desktop and laptop computers. Following are some salient features of M-Learning:
If all the classroom activities are carried out, keeping in view these features, this will definitely bring in excellent results in alteration of behavior of learners.
Mobile learning is convenient as it is accessible virtually from anywhere, which provides access to all different materials available. M-Learning also brings strong portability by replacing books and a note with mall RAM’s filled with tailored learning contents.
M-Learning: Equalizing educational opportunities for all in many ways
With the help of M-Learning we find a very good scope for distance education in the country which has special relevance to the educational needs of modern India particularly in the following areas-
Does M-Learning enhanced learning really work?
The educational effectiveness of M-Learning depends on how they are used and for what purpose. And like any other educational tool or mode of educational delivery, M-Learning do not work for everyone, everywhere in the same way. Here are some disadvantages of M-Learning, despite several advantages:
M-Learning is not just the bloom of the educational activities, but also it will be the secondary option to improve the effective and meaningful process. Because the teacher is directly related to the classrooms so it becomes his duty to implement this Communication Technology in Education in such a way that it should provide the prospects and trends of integrating M-learning in to the general educational activities
WHAT MORE IS EXPECTED FROM OUR TEACHERS IN M-Learning BASED EDUCATION????
For this role, teachers need knowledge and skills to appropriate, discover, develop, and apply various learning methodologies. In particular, to utilize various digital learning resources, teachers need to have digital literacy, the ability to search, evaluate, edit, process, and utilize digitized information. Digital literacy also includes the ability to share learning outcomes with others and to build and maintain various cyber communities
The development of mobile wireless technologies has generated a considerable amount of excitement among practitioners and academics because it results in shifting the academic environment from traditional setting to mobile learning settings. Mobile wireless technologies are the new frontier for teaching and learning in institution of higher education. Many educational opportunities are made possible because of M-technologies’ unique characteristics and positive impacts identified in higher education. With M-Learning, a wealth of learning materials in almost every subject and in a variety of media can now be accessed from anywhere and anytime by the unlimited number of people. We can, in short, use M-technologies’ to qualitatively improve cognition by conceptualizing more creatively, improving teachers’ knowledge and by tailoring learning resources to meet the particular needs of a child at every stage of his or her education. Brushing up the cake we can say M-technologies’ has a meaningful present and a promising future nowadays.