Mobile Learning Should Disrupt What ‘School’ Is

In education, we think of mobile learning as we do in classrooms with tablets and smartphones. And that’s part of it.

Students can’t free themselves from the desk is an extraordinary development that brings with it all kinds of possibilities. So far, the benefits of mobile learning have been largely personal. For students who can transfer and access content on individual devices, the content may be of a personal nature to them only temporarily, in context only to me.

But when we move the teacher from the desk to the walls of the classroom, we prevent the potential superiority of technology and mobile learning.

This is just the beginning of how students will eventually use technology to communicate their work and study. It is true that learning mobile can solve the problem of creative spaces, but it lacks mobility. Stay with the work that you believe needs to be done. . And to do its best, connect local resources and spaces with digital networks and communities.

Our current thinking that stops groups of students in small rooms in brick buildings is based on technology and assembly issues that are no longer a problem. This may seem like a dream of education, but only because we are stuck in the old way of thinking. Yes, it is true that a 6-year-old cannot hold his bullet and walk on his big wheel and ride on Starbucks to ‘think’.

Clearly we need a system (somehow) to manage how we develop literacy skills in children. In the past, compared to what is possible in learning, schools are rapidly losing their credibility in their current form.

 We Create Needs

Our current social structures do not lend themselves well to the whole idea of ​​mobile learning because they never had to.

We don’t have to hunt anymore because there are groceries and restaurants here. We don’t (literally) create apprenticeships for children and creative learning spaces and ways for teenagers to connect with meaning in society because we have schools. Which is as crazy as it sounds.

There will be a period of adjustment (perhaps extended) when we review the physical spaces in the larger buildings we call schools, and how they relate to the surrounding communities.

Technology will create this opportunity, but it will depend on the society – which can start with school leadership – to manage the inevitable challenges of this kind of change and make it all the more sustainable.

In fact, the same applies to game-based learning, project-based learning, and many other trends that our ‘client’ parents, families, organizations and businesses have. Do not understand Because it’s not technology, but societies and their inherited problems, creativity, and “human resources” that are the sleeping giants in education.

In the video below, Dave Koplin, Microsoft’s chief innovation officer, explores the idea through the lens of action, not learning. At work, he believes, productivity is not the answer, but the problem.

We have adopted an industrial approach to our work, which has damaged our creativity, innovation and confidence. (Even where more than 71% of Americans claim they are unhappy with their work, which is surprising.)

 

 

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