Darrell West recently published a paper on how mobile technology is leading to a more connected learning environment. In his paper, he remarks on how even with the advances in educational technology, many educators are still using the old methods employed in the 20th century which was based on more of an agricultural and industrial approach to education. Not one that embraces the information age, which we now find ourselves in.
One of the items I found most intriguing as a technologist is that it’s possible through mobile technology to deliver personalized education to students based on their needs and current level. This micro learning allows educators to allow all students to rise to their fullest potential without regards to differences in socio-economic status. You can deliver cutting edge instruction to the better perfuming students while delivering remedial or lower level work to ones who may not be at the same level. This allows instruction to be tailored to the needs of the students and something all educators should be considering. Education was never a one size fits all and as the world grows more diverse, this will also become an increasing factor in education.
I’m not advocating that we should dumb down the content as many educators seem to want to do, we need to be strengthening content and allow students to learn at their own pace. Of course, this requires one invest in the educational technology to make this possible, but the advances in mobile technology make this possible.
Mobile technologies also give the educators the ability to have real-time assessments of how well the classroom is understanding the material. Through real-time answer mobile devices, the educators can judge their own performance of how well they are explaining the content. It is not enough for the instructor to understand the content, they must ensure the students are understanding. And these real-time teaching assessments can provide that immediate feedback. This allows instructors to reiterate content which student sin the classroom may not have understood initially.
The full paper can be found here and is well worth your time to read.