Mobile learning apps provide many benefits to learners, including being both convenient and fun. As mobile devices overtake computers in terms of usability could these apps be the future of education?
For the first time in history, the use of mobile devices has overtaken that of desktop computers, demonstrating the rapid shift in technology. In October 2016, 51.3 per cent of pages were loaded on mobile devices, up less than five per cent from 2010, and less than 25 per cent three years ago. When broken down, smartphones accounted for 46.5 per cent of traffic and tablets 4.7 per cent, according to Statcounter.
As mobile operators focus on improving their services to be high-speed and accessible across all locations, the mobile market has seen smartphones become many people’s most important, or only, computer.
When it comes to learning, doing so through the use of a phone or tablet is becoming increasingly popular. Students and younger learners are able to relate to and easily use these apps, while other learners enjoy the flexibility of learning as and when they like - away from the usual desk and computer set up.
By learning through a mobile app, the traditional ways of teaching are changing as students are more willing to learn via an application they understand. Here, we look at the benefits of mobile learning apps and whether or not they could be the future of education.
Before the days of advanced technology and even computers, learning was documented via paper and extensive files. Each student would be responsible for numerous documents that could easily be lost, not to mention the chore of having to carry these documents from location to location.
Mobile learning apps, however, allow learning in a smart and systematic way. Files are kept online in an organised manner and are easily accessible for learners. Everything they need is available on one device, and students don’t have to wait around for lectures or classes.Entertaining users
Unlike traditional learning methods that focus purely on auditory learning, mobile learning apps incorporate visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning methods. By using these three types of teaching, learners are kept engaged and entertained, which in turn, results in better retainment of information.
Many studies have proven that entertainment is promoted by mobile apps as learning is active with applications. They provide users with an enhanced learning experience when compared to regular classes and homework. When combined with difficult subjects such as maths, physics and chemistry, mobile learning apps encourage students to take an interest in areas where they may have previously struggled.
While of course mobile learning apps are beneficial to users, teachers and parents can also be the receiver of such benefits. Teachers specifically can use these apps to organise their own study and plan for interactive classes. Applications are also easy to amend, change and update, essentially giving all users more time to spend learning.
Overall, learning apps have certaining improved self-learning, as they are convenient, easy to download, and provide a range of different learning styles, in and out of the classroom. The more enthusiastic people are about learning, the greater their knowledge will be. Are mobile learning apps the future of learning? We think so.