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How Mobile Technologies are Changing the Way Education Works

How Mobile Technologies are Changing the Way Education Works

Smart mobile technology is changing the way kids are educated. A decade ago, education websites mushroomed all over the Internet; today, it is educational mobile apps for smartphones and tablets that are championing the cause of boredom-free education. Mobile services are helping institutions break the monotony and reach out to students, and developers are finding ways of building apps that can function as a part of the classroom.

Smartphones and tablets have more going for them than the ‘cool’ factor though: mobile technology has the power to overcome geographical boundaries, blur socioeconomic boundaries, and create a level playing field for all students. Let’s take a look at how mobile technology is impacting education.

Tablet Plus Educational App Equals Smart Studying

A recent report by Nielsen states that tablets are proving to be an interactive learning tool for kids with tablet-owning families, with 57% of children using educational apps and 77% playing downloaded games. While 77% play games, the fact that almost 57% study on their iPad is a revelation. Why do little kids like to use tablets for studying? Tablets make learning fun.

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Traditional publishers and toy companies are also working hard to stay relevant by digitizing their offerings: Random House has decided to use mobile technology to transition most of their printed works into digital versions, while Lego has created an iPad app to bring its classic line of building blocks digital to children. Toddlers are growing up with tablets, and the way they learn has already changed.

Next-Gen Mobile Devices

Devices based on mobile technology will clearly have a winning edge in the educational sector. The latest example of such a device is Google’s Glass, a device that can spell doom for the existing classroom structure.

With a device like Google Glass, students will have access to a variety of educational live streams, eliminating the need to be present in a class. Mobile education will allow students and teachers to share knowledge at any time, at any place. Regular classes may become infrequent; especially for college students.

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It is tempting to think, “What if the whole classroom lecture gets live-streamed for a group of students or for the world to attend?” It would be interesting to see the impact of such mobile technology on the future of education.

Crowd-Sourced Education Services

Mobile technology will pave the way for more crowd-sourced projects, such as the Khan Academy and Coursera, that impart education of diverse subjects. Though these are much appreciated ventures, even better, bigger, and more streamlined educational giants will be created through crowd-sourcing.

With a wealth of information available on the Internet, millions of people have mastered several subjects without even having met any teacher. As the knowledge bank grows and gets better organized, we may see many opt for online schooling. Mobile devices will make this move more palatable.

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Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality is revolutionizing the existing education systems, making them more dynamic for students as well as teachers. Educational projects all around the world are using augmented reality as a learning tool.

For instance, MITAR Games, an MIT-Education Arcade project, is exploring the possibilities of using augmented reality to equip students with real-like skills. The aim of this project is to pique student interest in simulation games that combine fun gameplay with real world experiences.

Most students spend an inordinately high amount of time on playing mobile games. Imagine if someone manages to create a hit game that doesn’t help players develop amazing zombie-killing skills but helps them learn something that would actually help in real life!

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To Wrap It Up

With mobile gaining significance in the education distribution method, there will obviously be a tug-of-war between the traditional and the non-traditional methods of education. But the move towards digitalization of education has already commenced, and the coming years will see a concretization in the field of personalized, mobile education.

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7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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