The use of mobile technology in learning is a fast-growing market in Asia, thanks to the high smartphone penetration rates in the region. With high technology-literacy demand in the workplace, schools have incorporated mobile learning to complement the more traditional classroom lessons. In doing so, these schools are encouraging students to consider learning, leisure, and lifestyle as inter-related activities.
Schools are tapping into devices familiar to students and channelling their use to educational activities which students will find interesting and enjoyable. By engaging students through the use of smartphones and tablets, teachers help them explore lessons in a completely different way.
Take geography lessons, for instance. Instead of reading and looking at a one-dimensional map of a country’s outline on a page, a student learns about its location, landscape, coastlines, mountains, and valleys by taking a three-dimensional journey through the country. Videos provide an aerial view of the country’s geographical contours and the architectural changes which have taken place in its villages, towns, and cities, on the ground. The nation’s people add colour and voice through interactive models explaining their culture and activities.