Mobile technology, once only referring to mobile phones, now spans a wide range of products, from tablets and laptops to even MRI machines! Wireless Internet has provided such a boon to technology that people find it hard to imagine life before. Even our TVs our wireless now! What we often don’t think about is how much better our lives are because of this technology in really fundamental ways. Sure, it’s really cool to be able to binge on your favorite Netflix series from your phone, but your phone can do so much more than that, and so can tablets and laptops and everything else that is mobile. One huge improvement that technology like this has made is in the arena of education.
Teachers Can Teach
While teachers have always excelled at what they do, the introduction of mobile technology has made it so much easier for them to teach in new and more efficient ways. The days of the overhead projector are nearly over! Now, teachers can project their lesson to the wall or screen from their laptops or tablets, and they can access new lesson plans at the touch of a mouse or screen. Moreover, schools are beginning to invest in tablets (like iPads) and small laptops (like Chromebooks) to eliminate the need for paper textbooks, workbooks, printed homework or paper in general. These tools have helped thousands of students, and provide a number of resources for teachers that were never even imagined ten years ago.
Students Can Learn
Never before in history have student held access to nearly every subject known to man. Interested in quantum physics? Look it up online! Interested in how to sew a blanket? Look it up online! Students in today’s education system have a unique advantage over any generation prior. They often have smart phones and laptops of their own, and often have access to laptops and tablets in school as well. Without this mobile technology, surely these students could still learn just as generations prior did, but it would not be nearly as effective. Another bonus to mobile technology is that it allows students to take their education with them wherever they go. They don’t have to always lug around huge textbooks, and they can access assignments from the school’s website or portal. Many students can even submit papers and homework from these online platforms, meaning that they never have an excuse like, “My dog ate my homework.”
The other fantastic benefit that mobile technology provides is the ability to learn anything from virtually anywhere. Kids can be homeschooled without sacrificing any of the resources found in a traditional school. Kids can travel the world with their parents while still learning. College kids can earn a degree remotely, meaning they never have to step foot on a campus if they don’t want to. Adults can return to college and learn remotely, rather than quitting their day job and being unable to provide for their families. Mobile technology means that people can access the Internet to gain an education like no other generation has been given.