Are We Wired For Mobile Learning? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Because of the proliferation of new technologies, the younger generation today is outgrowing traditional forms of education – remember pencils, chalkboards, textbooks and graphing calculators? Whether we are in the car, on the train, at work, or in a classroom, mobile technology in particular is giving us the ability to learn on-the-go. See the infographic below to learn why we are wired for mobile learning, and how we can use mobile technologies to educate ourselves.

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Warm-Up Activity

Before handing out the infographic, discuss the following questions with your students.

  1. What is “mobile learning”?
  2. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using mobile technologies such as cell phones and iPads in education?

Speaking & Critical Thinking Practice

Questions to ask your students after presenting the infographic:

  1. What is the most surprising fact that you discovered from this infographic?
  2. Do you agree with the statement that today’s students “are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach”? Why or why not?
  3. Would you consider yourself to be a “digital native”? How do you compare to other digital natives with respect to the way(s) you use mobile devices?
  4. Classroom technologies have come a long way since the end of the 19th century. In your opinion, what is the most important educational technology ever invented? Why?
  5. Many students and teachers around the world have found mobile learning to be very successful. How has mobile learning impacted your own education? Give examples.

Writing Challenge

After reviewing this infographic with your students, have them write a persuasive essay or blog post on the topic below. In addition to using the information from the infographic, students can do some independent research using the sources provided at the bottom of the graphic.

Should more teachers integrate mobile technologies into their classrooms? Why or why not?

71 thoughts on “Are We Wired For Mobile Learning? [INFOGRAPHIC]

  1. Aw says:

    Starting with digital natives a concept widely discredited because it fails to account for the diversity of abilities across age groups suggests the remainder of your graphic may have a similar level of poor research

    • voxy says:

      Thanks for your feedback, Aw. You’re correct that there is a lot of debate over the “digital native” concept. However, even those who disagree with this classification can still appreciate the research that isn’t directly linked to these so-called “digital natives”: the evolution of classroom technology, mobile learning success stories, and even the idea that our current system of education – for learners across age groups – is “archaic”.

  2. Karenne Sylvester says:

    Hi Aw and Ps,

    While it is indeed true that the phrase “digital native” is controversial and may well be outdated, I think you’ve both probably overreacted somewhat!

    Yes, Prensky has back-tracked on the coinage of this term, which seems the basis of your argument here, and I concur… indeed it is true that some 60 year olds are better at using computers than some who are 6 years.

    Last year I had a student in his early 60’s who was a more active participant on my web2.0 platform than many of his 30y.o colleagues. Perhaps it was due to his position in the company and a need to be seen to be technically proficient or perhaps he was naturally better at computers.

    In fact, at the same company, one of his colleagues and also my student, a 28y.o, felt panicked by having to participate in our digital-live-chat sessions due to the spontaneity and potential for making language mistakes which would be seen by everyone else.

    Maybe it is excessive to use the term digital immigrant – my 70+ father certainly is more adept at computers than many of the 40y.os that teach alongside me.

    And yet, as an edtech teacher-trainer… it would be remiss of me to suggest that because I can talk about some exceptions that my exceptions fit the rule. Let’s face it, we all do have our own eyes and our own experiences, when we walk around town, go to the bar, teach in the classroom today… So whether or not it feels/is “politically incorrect” to lump learners by age causing some to feel insulted…

    across the board, statistically, apart from the very exceptions, don’t you honestly both think that the majority of those who were born P.G.* with access to technology, do seem to have an easier time using said technology than those B.G or even those P.G, without access?

    It’s about experience and exposure rather than age, isn’t it? And the provocative nature of data being correct or being incorrect – isn’t that a fabulous way to bring this debate into the classroom to decide on norms and whether or not the term “native/immigrant” + digital can be used or not in an educational setting?

    Anyway, I must also say, I have had a look at the lesson plan and think you perhaps read it incorrectly, the suggestion by Theresa is to write an essay (one can do that on one’s netbook or iPad, these days, couldn’t one?) but statistically, still in 2011, the numbers of global teachers and students who are using paper and pen by life circumstance and/or school mandate rather than choice is probably favoring on ink… And that’s a very interesting conundrum to think about… what many of students have in their pockets and whether or not we’re using that amazing tool to teach with and whether or not we should…and are we really living in a mobile age or is it our imagination, a fad for today?

    In an age where statistics can now be presented in such visually stimulating ways, even your disagreement with the veracity of this infographic can make for your own adaptation and probably a superb lesson on critical thinking so I’d recommend printing it off anyway and taking it to see what your learners think and look forward to hearing what they said!

    Karenne Sylvester
    EdTech Teacher Trainer

    *B/P.G – before and post Google.
    (disclaimer: although not involved in the production of our infographics, I am the academic consultant for

  3. Rsmall says:

    Why is it that the loudest comments about any project are the critics? Why are there not more supporters of new ideas and early adopters of fresh ideas writing comments when someone has a fresh idea? Certainly anything new will not be perfect, but what is perfect? I can guarantee Chalk and a Chalkboard are no longer perfect in the classroom, and probably never were, or ever will be. The overhead projector was never perfect, but is the longest serving piece of classroom technology next to the chalkboard. Why? My theory on this would be that in order for classroom technology to be effective, it must have a purpose. The purpose of technology in the classroom must be to enhance the teaching and learning experience. If you have a teacher who is intimidated by technology, the teacher and all his/her students will suffer through the use of technology. On the other hand, a teacher who embraces technology and has found a learning benefit that can be exploited by using technology, will have a much higher success rate with students of all ages and technical abilities. It is a simple Push/Pull model. If you Push things on people they tend to back away. If you allow the people to Pull the technology, that is see it casually and then They start asking for it, you may have a winner. Blackberry, Iphone and Ipad marketing are all examples of the Pull strategy. No one from RIM or Apple has ever told anyone you must buy this ipad or else, instead they showed what the product can do and allowed the market to pull in into the main stream, and now they are everywhere, and further, the new releases of the product are shaped by the requests of users. The age of your students makes little difference, rather the willingness and ability to use the tools presented in class, all of them, will define success. Think if we could shape learning based on the needs of the learner how much more success we could have effectively passing our learning message on to a higher percentage of our learners. technology, used properly, allows us the opportunity to do just that, shape learning to the needs of each individual learner.

  4. Anonymous says:

    These infographics are definitely helpful. I’m a visual learner myself so anything graphic naturally appeals to me but these infographics are packed with information without looking too lengthy. I feel like the “digital native” generation will appreciate this new form of learning.

  5. Anonymous says:

    It is definitely very interesting to see the evolution of classroom technology in a pictorial display. The infographic justifies the utilization of new technology and inventions in a person’s education. When the calculator was first introduced, critics were afraid it would be a hindrance to a child’s mental development for calculations. It really is not about what these devices do so we do not have to, but rather, it is about what these devices do to enhance what we are already doing.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I never realized how helpful info-graphics could be in their illustrative ability. In this case, the history of education’s development as well as the graphical statistics really put into perspective what one may normally overlook. However, I believe that the definition of a “digital native” is open to much criticism and argument given its broad explanation and strict relevance to one citation: Marc Prensky. While Marc Prensky argues that digital natives face problems in the current education system having been brought up with Internet and technologies and thus require the use of technology, he fails to recognize the negative effects of doing so. For example, there is the risk of students being distracted; it is not rare to see students on sites such as YouTube, Facebook and gaming websites during lectures and classes. Although he also mentions various statistics about why mobile learning is so effective, his examples are limited to success (where mobile integration is easier than other courses) as opposed to failures (which most definitely have occurred). It would not be surprising to see his statistics as a case of misusing statistics (or simply taking a one sided approach) in order to prove a point such as those found in Darell Huff’s “Lying with Statistics.” While mobile technology can be effective, there is the risk of simply implementing technology for the sake of using new technology as opposed to using it to enhance and improve upon current learning/teaching methods. Careful assessment of technology in classrooms must be made before taking action that could lead to inefficient results.

  7. LMS says:

    Its really interesting to know and I have made an article on this and posted on my blog.. thanks for sharing this image, this helped me lot in depth idea about mobile learning.

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  10. Cox says:

    2.Do you agree with the statement that today’s students “are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach”? Why or why not?

    Although technology changes, people do not. The principles of teaching will always remain the same.

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