10 Ways Mobile Devices Have Changed Education

10 Ways Mobile Devices Have Changed Education

10 Ways Mobile Devices Have Changed Education10 Ways Mobile Devices Have Changed Education

Mobile learning is the new face of education, and by 2020 the mobile-learning market is expected to reach $32 billion.

Carry Along Your SchoolCarry Along Your School

Because of mobile devices, students no longer need to be in school to learn and ask questions. They can work from anywhere at any time with their smartphone or tablet and connect with teachers and fellow students, check assignments and work on shared content.

Virtual School BagVirtual School Bag

Mobile devices allow students access to textbooks, course material or content. Smart devices act as virtual school bags, eliminating the need to carry real bags stuffed with books.

Self-Paced LearningSelf-Paced Learning

Students no longer need to learn the way others do, with everyone at a fixed time or place. They work at their own pace with online course materials, questions and detailed instruction manuals.

Customized LearningCustomized Learning

Mobile learning lets teachers create unique assignments and tests for individuals, making the whole learning experience highly personalized.

Multimedia LearningMultimedia Learning

Students choose their own learning methods. Sole reliance on textbooks is a thing of the past because students learn with audio, video, slide shows and online presentations.

Augmented RealityAugmented Reality

With augmented reality, apps are the norm in education. Textbooks can now come alive. Instead of learning a lesson, mobile devices help students walk through geographical sites or re-create historic events, enabling an immersive and fun way to learn.

Fun While LearningFun While Learning

Mobile games are often the first form of mobile interaction for kids. Mobile devices enable educators to create education apps like word puzzles, number riddles and math games, making learning engaging and fun.


Digital education is increasingly adopting cloud technologies and students use document sharing to work on team assignments, discussion forums and video conferencing, which prepares them to work with technologies that will dominate the 21st century.

Remote LearningRemote Learning

Students in remote places can connect to quality learning and use digital education and learning management platforms in the cloud, eliminating the need for desktops and tablets.

Novel Teaching PracticesNovel Teaching Practices

Mobile devices empower teachers to experiment with novel teaching methods. They can break rote learning practices and instead use interactive techniques like live chat, video conferencing and shared studies.

Karen A. Frenkel
Karen A. Frenkel
Karen A. Frenkel is a contributor to CIO Insight. She covers cybersecurity topics such as digital transformation, vulnerabilities, phishing, malware, and information governance.

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