How mobile technology can improve education

Education is at a critical juncture in many countries around the world. It is vital for student learning, workforce development and economic prosperity. For example, research in Turkey has shown that raising the compulsory education requirement from five to eight years increases the percentage of women with eight years of schooling by 11 percentage points and has various positive social consequences.

Yet despite the emergence of digital learning, most countries are still designing their education systems for the agrarian and industrial eras, not the 21st century. This creates major problems for young people entering the workforce as well as for teachers and parents who want children to be competitive in the global economy.

In this article, Darrell West examines how mobile devices with cellular connectivity enhance learning and engage students and teachers. Wireless technology and mobile devices:

  • Provide new content and facilitate access to information wherever a student is
  • Enable, empower and engage learning in ways that transform the student environment inside and outside of school
  • Enabling students to connect, communicate, collaborate and create using rich digital resources, preparing them to adapt to rapidly changing new technologies
  • Integrate real-time assessment of student performance
  • Catalyze student development in the areas of critical thinking and collaborative learning, giving students a competitive advantage

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