Latest Developments in the Technology Industry

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Latest developments in the technology industry have included an increase in education software and support. Since smart phones are here to stay, and they’re priced competitively enough to make them accessible to students, schools are starting to embrace them as learning devices.

Turning a Common Problem into a Solution

Until recently, the cell phone was considered a school discipline problem. Campuses could ban them in the classroom, but kids would still figure out how to use them. Today, wise school districts are seeing the potential of the mobile devices as a positive technology trend in learning. With options like the Cricket blackberry, schools can actually give phones to those kids who can’t afford one. On a pay as you go basis, the school would only be obligated while the phone was in use.

Apps Become Easy Fixes for Bored Students

There’s always a kid or two who just can’t get into school. That same kid is as hungry as the next to embrace technology. As learning software companies begin to introduce learning apps into the education industry, teachers will be able to engage kids more effectively by requiring that quizzes or exercises be done on their smart phones. Short attention span is one of today’s common problems, so mobile learning is a welcomed technological trend.

For educators who worry that the smart phones will be disruptive, a few tips and tricks would be:

  • Take the phones up during lecture time
  • Block unwanted websites
  • Make sure students know it’s a privilege to be on the cutting-edge of technology in the classroom

Most kids will gladly follow the rules if it means learning in a new and exciting way.

How Important are Mobile Devices?

How did the world ever get by before we had all of these beautiful technological thingamajigs? That is the kind of question that people would ask, if they were introspective enough and attentive enough to history to remember that at one point, high technology was the ability to use a calculator. If you are old enough to remember when calculators were big and somewhat expensive, then you remember when there was no Internet to tell us anything we could ever possibly want to know about any topic known to human kind. There was actually a point, not so long ago, when one might have to go to a library to learn something that was not common knowledge.

But the situation has only coddled us more in recent years. At one point (which does not even seem like all that long ago), one had to actually find a computer that had the Internet (which many did not, back in those days), and endure a bizarre symphony of phone related noises in order to find information. Nowadays, smart phones, Kindles and iPads have pretty much taken away the need to go anywhere to find information. Nowadays, information will happily come right to your fingertips. But how important is it really to have all of this information be so easily available?

If you consider that some of the greatest achievements that humanity has ever made were done without computers (or with computers which are the size of small houses), it becomes fairly obvious that we really do not need to have mobile devices in order to get a lot of things done. We act as though our cell phones are essential to our survival, but many of us did not carry them when we were kids (and were most likely to be absconded with). We seemed to muddle through a life, somehow. We need to escape from the belief that mobile devices are so critical. They are not.