Mobile phones are truly one of the most phenomenal revolutions in the field of technology. No matter which part of the world you are in, there will be millions of mobile phone users, irrespective of their age. These days, children are one of the most prominent users of mobile phones. They get attracted to the many wonderful and not-so-wonderful (meaning to say unproductive) features that mobile phones offer, some of which include –
- Search engines, using which you can search for literally anything
- Mobile applications for playing games, reading books, learning subject-related topics, trying new hobbies, etc.
- Taking photos, chatting and interacting with friends on social media.
- And many more
Mobile Learning –The latest trend in the educational field
There have been many innovations in the educational sector. But one such innovation that stands out is ‘Mobile Learning’, wherein software companies provide all the tools required for learning any academic subject in the form of mobile applications and blending other forms of latest technologies. It is very popular for individual software companies to provide mobile learning apps.
But nowadays, education ERP software companies also provide highly customised mobile learning applications, exclusively catered to the needs of any given board of education as well as the educational institution’s requirements. These kinds of customised applications offered by education ERP software companies will prove to be very useful for students in learning all fundamental concepts quickly.
As they say, there are pros as well as cons to any kind of new technology. Some of the pros and cons of introducing various new trends of mobile learning in kids is as follows –
#1. Virtual Reality
Pros – Using VR, education ERP software companies can create simple to use and fun VR environments relating to the syllabus of the students like history and geography. With the help of this, they can have a first-hand virtual experience of such subjects, based on the relevant topics to be shown.
Cons – The main problem in implementing VR is the cost. Secondly, students would tend to develop a habit of understanding only those things that they view using VR technology. This would hamper their individualistic and imaginative learning skills.
#2. Voice Assistants
Pros – Education ERP software can use voice assistants in mobile phones that are extremely helpful in searching for information about complex questions or topics, whose words are lengthy and difficult to interpret. Moreover, voice assistants help new users in the process of easy navigation of the features.
Cons – The key drawback of voice assistants is its inability of interpreting what the user wants to know, mainly due to the difference in the accent or even languages are spoken by students belonging to various cultural backgrounds.
#3. Mobile applications (apps)
Pros – Mobile applications is one of the best innovations made in the field of mobile phone technology. Students can get access to various customised ‘Mobile Learning apps’. These apps which are developed by education ERP software companies can build the structure and content of the app based on the syllabus of the board of examinations.
Cons – The only drawback of students using mobile applications might be their tendency of diverting their attention from the learning app to other unproductive apps that could be stored on the mobile phones.
#4. Augmented Reality
Pros – Using Augmented Reality, education ERP software can help students in learning new concepts by way of blending virtual objects with the real-life environment. This would prove to be helpful for students to understand concepts in a better manner, because augmented reality helps in enhancing the things that are already being seen.
Cons – Augmented Reality should be used very carefully by users in mobile learning, since it brings virtual objects to the physical world. Hence, users should not get confused in the process of distinguishing them.
#5. Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Pros – When education ERP software incorporates AI, then it will be prove to be highly beneficial in tracking the student’s present knowledge base, their interest levels and study pattern. Based on this, the AI system will give suggestions to the student regarding further improvement or changing the current study pattern.
Cons – AI system though efficient, always comes with the possibility of being too rigid at times, since they give out suggestions based on the data that has already been stored within the system.
Mobile learning is very new to the education sector. But its scope is very high when it comes to improving the academic performance levels of students, as it encourages them to learn in an interactive, fun and playful manner. Hence, education ERP software must try to carefully implement these latest trends in mobile learning, based on a proper analysis of their pros and cons.