Are we wired for mobile learning?

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Believe it or not, Twitter may be an effective tool for comprehending a language. More than 90 percent of Italian students became more confident in writing Italian after tweeting with other native Italian speakers, according to a study performed by researchers at Montclair State University (76-77).

Voxy released an infographic with this tidbit and more earlier this year, but we feel that, after hearing speakers at multiple conferences over the past two months, this information is still valid for those interested in mobile learning. Our first-ever Float Symposium hosted more than 100 people, the second annual mLearnCon welcomed more than 600 people to San Jose, Calif., and D2WC included a mobile track in its second year.

Primarily teaching English as a Second Language (ESL), Voxy focuses on delivering language lessons of all sorts to your computer, inbox, smartphone or SMS. Students, Voxy says, don’t learn the same way today as they have in the past. The infographic suggests that our current educational system is archaic because today’s students are digital natives who have grown up with the Internet and online technologies.

Some stats Voxy points out:

  • 1 in 4 adults use mobile apps.
  • 75 percent of teens 12-18 and 93 percent of adults 18-29 use a cell phone.
  • 79 percent of Italian students in the aforementioned study agreed Twitter made the course more interesting.

Voxy even highlights some good mobile learning apps, including Evernote, Miss Spell’s Class and Math Drills Lite. Finally, Voxy’s blog post also includes potential lesson plans to engage your students in a discussion about mobile learning.

So take a look and then tell us: Do you think we’re wired for mobile learning? As an educator, how are you involving mobile learning in the classroom? As a developer, are you noticing more of a demand for mobile learning in the classroom setting? Have any business strategists implemented mobile learning in your organization since this chart hit the ‘net, adapting some of the classroom lessons for your workplace environment?

Via: Voxy Blog, as heard through Interactyx.

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Adam Bockler is the communications manager for Float, responsible for all of Float's marketing initiatives. In addition, Adam is a certified DDP Yoga Level 1 instructor, a certified personal trainer, a martial arts instructor, and a graduate of the Black and Brave Wrestling Academy.

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