7 Mobile Learning Myths No Educator Should Believe
Have you been suddenly thrust into the “new normal” of mobile teaching? It’s not easy to have to wholly and quickly adapt to new technology. And you’re probably concerned about the limitations to mobile learning. Can it really deliver quality instruction? The answer is an absolute yes. So, let’s bust some of those myths right away.
Myth #1 – Connected devices distract from learning
“Bricks and mortar” educators have fought the distraction of digital devices for years. But it’s a mistake to carry this mindset across to mobile learning. With mobile learning technology, we can “gamify” lessons.
As we all know, distracting students from the fact that they’re being taught isn’t a new concept. Even adults learn better when they’re having fun. There are several game-based learning apps – even an Education Edition of Minecraft!
Myth #2 – Mobile learning is not accessible for disabled learners
We all know accessibility is a cornerstone of current education policy. What you may not know is that Apple’s iOS Store now imposes rigorous accessibility guidelines. A policy that makes their devices and apps some of the most “disability-friendly” on the market. However, assistive technology apps, designed specifically for special-needs students, come on all platforms.
Myth #3 – Mobile learning is just for kids
Classroom training has some drawbacks for corporations. It’s expensive – not just the cost of the trainer, but the employees’ downtime. And it isn’t easy taking people from their desks for long periods. Artificial Intelligence training platforms are popular in the corporate space.
They allow learners to choose study times and map to individual ability. For employers, apps enable the outcomes to be measured more easily.
Myth #4 -Mobile learning compromises privacy and security
Digital privacy and security are real-life challenges for today’s students. Classrooms can create falsely safe environments. They don’t always prepare students to deal with the real world. When it comes to cybersecurity for educators, there are some simple rules: know what providers do with your data, educate students on digital security, and monitor security breaches.
Myth #5 – Mobile learning isolates educators
Afraid of losing the connection of those “water-cooler” discussions with colleagues? Don’t be. Social Learning Management Systems (SLMS), like Pedagogue, take the traditional aspects of an LMS (Learning Management System) and merge them with features of social media (social streams, live streaming, chat, groups, gamification, etc.) to supercharge learning.
Myth #6 – Mobile learning requires fast, cheap internet access
If we’re serious about democratizing education, mobile learning must cater to students without optimal connectivity. Look for eLearning platforms that allow students to download the course content.
Myth #7 – Mobile learning doesn’t teach socialization
Honestly, mobile learning may never entirely replace face-to-face social interactions. However, interactive video technology is continually evolving, and Emotional Intelligence apps are helping children develop their social skills.
Mobile learning is here to stay. If you’re armed with the right tools, there’s nothing to hold you back from imparting the skills and knowledge your students require to thrive.