Mobile technology has transformed the way we live and work, helping to create digital societies. As smartphones and tablets become more widely accepted at primary and high schools, connected learning is becoming the norm. By putting a powerful computer in every learner’s schoolbag or pocket, smartphones could play an important role in improving educational outcomes in a country where so many schools are under-resourced.
Here are some ways that mobile technology will reshape education in the years to come:
Organisation and productivity
For many adults, the real benefit of a smartphone comes from simple applications like messaging, diarising and email. The same goes for schoolchildren, many of whom will get the most value from basic apps like sending a WhatsApp message to friends to check on the homework for the day, keeping track of their extramural calendar, or photographing the teacher’s notes from the blackboard or whiteboard. One study of young people’s mobile phone use in Ghana, Malawi and South Africa confirmed that many of them received the most value from using their phones to complete mundane tasks.
One of the major benefits smartphones can bring to the classroom is boosting learners’ engagement with educational materials through rich media and interactivity. For example, apps such as Mathletics use gamification to get children excited about doing mathematics – they tu...