Mobile Vehicles for Learning: How Can They Aide MY Learning
Mobile Vehicles For Learning….How Can They Aid MY Learning?<br />
The Physical Classroom:Learning in the Past<br />In the past, learning has usually taken place in a physical classroom with a teacher or speaker and students all fitting in the time to meet at the desired destination.<br />This is the old learning formula which, at times, is not convenient and also costly.<br />Today, technology allows us to change up this formula. <br />Using technology we can turn any place into a classroom: an office, at home, or even while traveling.<br />
A New Revolution<br />Portable devices are revolutionizing the way we learn today.<br />They are easy to use, engaging, and have a strong positive influence on the learning curve.<br />They also provide a plethora of learning possibilities that expand the classroom outside the walls.<br />
Tablets<br /><ul><li>Tablets combine the processing power and abilities of a pc/laptop with greater ease of use and mobility.
Tablets help put the power of learning in the hands of the user, allowing for greater learning possibilities and a more personal learning experience.</li></li></ul><li>The iPad<br />Single-handedly, one of the most influential pieces of technology in mLearning.<br />The countless number of applications allow for a customizable experience to be determined by the user.<br />
BlackBerry Playbook<br />BlackBerry’s take on the tablet, which combines tablet features with that of their Smartphone's.<br /> The lightest tablet on the market, weighing in at under 1 lb.<br />BlackBerry offers their own app store for this tablet, as well as other unique features found only the Playbook, allowing for unlimited customization.<br />
Smartphones<br />Smartphones are revolutionizing the way we stay connect to our everyday lives.<br />Voice calling, web browsing, text, email, social networking apps, Bluetooth, video calling, multitasking, allow us to stay connected at the push of a button no matter where we are. <br />These features put us in control of any communication methods we choose, on a device that we always have on our persons, and when combined with mLearning, opens up a world of possibilities. <br />
iPhone<br />One of the most popular smartphones out today.<br />The first generation iPhone was the first mobile phone to use a touch interface, this helped revolutionize smartphone technology and helped start an industry wide trend. <br />Apple users are your typically “tech-savvy” user, and to that fact use their devices multiple times a day for a variety of different tasks. <br />
Android<br />The term “Android” or “droid” encompasses many mobile devices. <br />Android actually pertains to the OS (operating system) that the device is using.<br />Owned by Google, Android software is in a large variety of devices and has help to set the bar for mobile applications. <br />
Blackberry<br /><ul><li>BlackBerry is the company that put mobile phones and professional communication together.
BlackBerry offers a number of devices that support Microsoft Office programs, and some offer world communication possibilities.
BlackBerry phones often serve as a PDA and offer a variety of functions to accommodate the office environment along with them.</li></li></ul><li>Other Mobile Vehicles<br />There are a variety of other smartphones (other than those highlighted) and mobile devices that allow mobile use and help bring the experience of eLearning and mLearning to the hands of a user.<br />These can include digital cameras and recorders, PDAs, and even hand held video game systems built for eLearning/mlearning for younger generations. <br />Even the iPod Touch can connect to the internet and also use social media.<br />
Reasons for Mobile Vehicles<br />In today's ever increasing technological world,information is literally at the touch of a users fingertips with a mobile device’s access to the internet and other online applications.<br />Communication (and therefore learning) can occur instantly.<br /> People are more inclined than ever to do their communication on the go as it is readily available to them.<br />
Reasons for Mobile Vehicles (cont.)<br />Mobile websites and applications (apps) are become more and more popular.<br />Less information on the screen allows for data to load up quicker on mobile devices and also allow for information to fit a smaller screen.<br />Smaller menus also allow for quicker navigation on behalf of the user<br />
So What Does This Mean for Learning? <br />By using the power of these mobile devices, users can bring the learning process to themselves in a more intimate and private setting, while at the same time letting a virtual classroom/platform supply the information necessary to help learn and implement the gained skills and knowledge.<br />It also makes the learning process more efficient by allowing the user to access it whenever and wherever.<br />
Enspark and mLearning<br />Enspark has developed eLearning platforms revolving around corporate learning.<br />Our products offer courses in corporate etiquette, protocol, leadership, and discipline. <br />We also offer analytic training.<br />By using mobile devices for learning (mLearning), this information is readily available at a users request any time of day from anywhere.<br />