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Education & Tech, was created to build hope that education based on social technologies, can transform the new century, and enable abundance not only spiritually but economically. Milton Ramirez, Ed.D. - @tonnet is the founder & editor. He is a teacher, tech blogger, writes on education, and hails this blog from Union, NJ. For further questions, tips or concerns please e-mail him to:miltonramirez [at] educationandtech [dot] com

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Mobification for HigerEd - Fad or Future?

By Jan Felton*

Do you remember the days when we used to fear and often hate going school? Do you remember those thick fat books that used to leave us in panic, especially during our board exams? Well, those days were nightmarish for some of us and we almost craved for going out on the playgrounds with our friends just to get rid of those monotonous studying sessions.

Now, times have changed, and the reason is crystal clear. Technology has replaced not only papers but also the brick and mortar classrooms where we had spent many years. Yes, we have stepped in the digital era where not only students but academic administrators and even instructors have started believing that the ultimate source from where quality education can be extracted is a web-based learning platform.

However, it seems that it’s not only the computers or laptops that are making all the differences but new and innovative techniques like mobile learning are bringing incredible results towards polishing both teaching and learning practices. Well, mobile learning does not necessarily involve the use of mobile phones but it also takes into consideration the application of tablets, kindles and even smartphones. So, students here get the advantage of studying at one’s own pace while professionals can also continue working and study at the same time with ease.

Recently, I came across some personal views and opinions online in regard to mobile learning. From the words of an instructional designer, I discovered a new perspective towards this new learning trend. What I came to know is that:

    • Mobile learning can be so informative and well-illustrated that it can work wonders for all, whether it’s a beginner or a veteran.
    • M-learning workshops are conducted in a purely amiable manner. New age learners would love exploring these workshops to gain more knowledge and skills.
    • Initiating M-learning tools for teaching students is always a wise investment. Apart from new learning tools, responsive-design concepts can be built for students who can thereafter view them on almost anything connected to the web.
Apart from these, a lot of mobile devices like eBook Readers and kindles have been launched in the market that can educate students with absolute fun and effectiveness. Moreover, I think that mobile learning can also play a key role in bringing positive changes in our society.

Just think of those who consider completing higher studies a dream more than a reality. Enrolling in full-time courses can always be a daunting task for students. Therefore, mobile learning in this respect will stand as a brilliant alternative that will let them get rid of the increasing education costs.

So, what should be done in order to opt for mobile learning?

    • Look for an institution that allows students pursue courses through mobile learning.
    • Once you have found an accredited institution, get a smartphone. No, they are not pricey and you can easily get one within your means.
    • Get the necessary software applications installed in your smartphone that will let you access your course materials from your concerned institution.
Once done, learning will seem fun for you. Even if you decide to continue work, you can carry the smartphone along with you while traveling to office or making business trips. So, what I strongly feel that M-learning is going to be a new trend for new age learners who would surely take it as a future resolution for gaining knowledge and achieving success in life.

(*)Jan Felton is an educationist and a regular blogger on online education. He guides students and working professionals towards a successful career. Through this article, author Jan Felton shows that in this technological era everything including education has witnessed the advancement of technology thereby making mobification(mobile-edification) - a new trend for Higher Education.

Is the Laptop Outdated Since the Advent of the Tablet?

By Olivia Lazenby*

There was a time in the not too distant past when the typewriter was the height of technological advancement. Since then the PC has become a home and office staple for daily life, and more recently lost popularity in favour of the more portable and efficient laptop.

Now there is a new contender on the scene. Since its debut only two years ago, the tablet computer has taken the world by storm. Not quite a laptop, yet more adaptable than a smartphone, the touch screen all singing all dancing younger brother of the laptop is evidently here to stay. As we are still in the early stages of the tablet’s popularity, it is as yet a relatively novel device, a status symbol which is mostly used for leisure activities such as social media, watching films and taking photos. But will it eventually come to eclipse the PC and the Laptop as people’s device of choice for other tasks?

The tablet has various advantages over the laptop already. It can connect to 3G mobile broadband – a skill only reserved for a few very select (and expensive) laptops. It is touch screen. Admittedly a lot of laptops now include this feature – but most do not offer the more sensitive and responsive touch screen that the tablet offers, which can be used for handwriting and drawing. It is smaller, lighter and more portable than the laptop. Tablets often have longer battery life than laptops.

However, the laptop still has some features up its sleeve that the tablet has yet to compete with. Laptops benefit from much larger storage space – meaning that work documents, large amounts of music, films and other documents can be accessed directly from the laptop rather than requiring a hard drive. They also include a keyboard as standard. A keyboard can be purchased as an extra for tablets as the touch screen keyboard option compromises the screen space for documents, emails etc.

Laptop screens are not the same as tablets – the glossy reflective surface of tablets often make it difficult to see the screen in bright light – not an issue for most laptops. Laptops include ports for USBs, CD drives and other important additions that make uploading, downloading and sharing information simpler. The tablet is fairly limited in this respect. Laptops are a more suitable option when the device has numerous users, as tablets often configure information like email accounts and social media profiles. You can easily create numerous accounts with laptops, an added benefit from a security perspective.

Undoubtedly these drawbacks will increasingly be overcome by developments in tablet technology as time goes on, however for now the laptop remains the computer of choice for work tasks and document storage. The tablet is in many ways similar to the smartphone, in that constant updates and new versions are being released. Almost as soon as you purchase one it will be upstaged by something new. The laptop still has a level of longevity.

As technology develops at increasingly rapid pace, the laptop will no doubt become increasingly outdated. For now however, it is still an up to date and valuable piece of technology.

(*) Olivia Lazenby is a technology blogger. She has a tablet and a laptop, and bought her laptop case and bag from http://www.taylorhe.co.uk/.

 
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