The Developments of M -Learning

Gadgets that access the Internet have become more & more popular as they became more affordable. Several companies released iPhone comparable smart phones (e.g. Samsung Galaxy) & several tablets are on the market as well. Although the first impulse is to consider these gadgets only for entertainment purposes, the idea of mobile-learning (m-learning) is gaining fuel & actually becoming a reality. Actually, it’s the fastest growing area of e-learning, having the enormous advantage of mobility. What we thought mobility meant for e-learning (having the ability to easily collaborate with people from across the globe) is increased by a thousand times in m-learning, where you have the possibility of learning without being bound to a desk, or even a plug.If m-learning hasn’t been taken seriously before, tablets make it seem like the next big thing in education at a distance. Tablets are now being bought by companies for their employees in the Oil & Gas section as well as in Constructions. The numbers also increase for the tablets used in higher education. Apparently, the first million iPads have been sold in the first week from release.

Some of the tablets that are now available have features that make them have an impact on the learning experience of the 21st century. The best example would be the iPad 2, of course, which includes such applications as MathBoard – quizzes for kids from kindergarten to elementary school; Solar System – interactive 3D tour of the galaxy; Intro to Letters by Montessorium – learning sounds & phonograms; Shakespeare in Bits – animated illustrations & modern-language translations of Romeo and Juliet; Virtual History, Roma – 3D reconstructions of ancient Rome etc. The iPhone4 also comes with a range of educational applications, such as National Geographic – exploring any corner of the world; New Oxford American Dictionary – containing more than 250,000 entries; Cliffs Notes – reviews of great literary works; Periodic – the compact periodic table, & so on.Although these applications are educational and beneficial, there are very few Learning Management Systems (LMS) that are supported by mobile devices. Some platforms, such as emTrain, Element K, Sum Total & Blackbord Learn offer applications that are available on iTunes & can be used on hand-held devices.Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6488992

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