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The use of mobile apps for education is a new way of “going to school”. No longer will students have to attend classes in a brick and mortar school. They will now have the ability to learn in a brand new way.
The usual school subjects will no longer be tedious and boring since students can become more engaged by viewing lively and interesting videos. The need to carry around heavy textbooks will be eliminated as well as having an actual physical presence in a classroom at a designated time.
This will allow great flexibility for students who have the need to balance their school schedule with their work schedule and while traveling. What a fantastic way for students in remote or economically disadvantaged areas or countries to receive the same education as students in more wealthy or more highly populated cities or countries.
Because the mobile device market is growing so rapidly, many more app developers will rush into that market and bring more and more innovation to the field, giving more students the advantage of learning from the best of curriculums and teachers.
Teachers and other instructors will be able to better monitor and control a student’s progress with some of the newer apps to actually see how their kids are progressing or where they need more emphasis in particular area of study.
Language translation, the use of a dictionary and a thesaurus as well as simply quickly looking something up such as a simple fact or, for example, currency valuation on the internet will have a transformative effect on a student’s ability to learn and to really enjoy that learning.
The percentage of smartphone and tablet ownership and use is constantly growing among college students. They now have the ability to actually go out on location and learn instead of being tied down to a physical classroom.
Mobile apps can take students all over the world and show them in real time what is happening as well as giving them an opportunity to see re-creations of things and events which have happened in the past. The technology to give teachers more control of what their students are doing and how they are performing is continuing to evolve.
There are many mobile educational apps out there and many of them are free or at least, quite inexpensive. The list of them continues to grow and improve each year. There are apps for organizing and storing a student’s notes.
Skype has been available for several years on smartphones and gives teachers and their students a perfect way to communicate with each other on a regular basis. Educational apps have the ability to allow for quickly updating information.
This is something that simply can’t be done with an actual physical textbook. Students need to be able to learn the most up-to-date facts and mobile apps for educational purposes are filling that need.
It is highly unlikely that learning strictly from a smartphone or a tablet will be the only way for a student to gain an education, but mobile educational apps are a wonderful complement to the traditional school or college experience and is constantly changing by the day.