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?

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Wired (1988) – Movie…

Wired is a Music TV Serie of 1988 made in UK. Here you can see online its cover, plot summary, cast, directors, trailers, awards and more….

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

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”.

Your lesson plan is also archaic and quite unimaginative. Hand out a piece of paper and get them towriote an essay!!

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… Read more »
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… Read more »

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.

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.

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… Read more »

Can you specify the source or exact study pertaining to ‘Twitter in the Italian Classroom’?

Enza Antenos-Conforti published a study titled ‘Microblogging on Twitter: Social Networking in Intermediate Italian Classes’. You can read the full text here:

This chart poses some very interesting questions.  We need to make sure the that teacher are up to speed.

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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We are just now scratching the surface on technology in school.

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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.