Mobile learning is an exciting concept across many industries, however for future generations it will be the expectation. In fact, the young people of today have never known a world without internet, laptops, iPads and the like.
The term, “Digital Natives” has been coined for these individuals. According to Wikipedia, a Digital Native is defined as:
A young person who was born during or after the general introduction of digital technology, and through interacting with digital technology from an early age, has a greater understanding of its concepts.
I witnessed this first hand when I saw my two-year old nephew navigate an iPhone like it was second nature. I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 myself, and quickly realized that this child has more iPhone skills than I do (pretty humbling actually).
Which begs the question: is mobile learning now in our DNA?
Some studies, as outlined in the infographic below by Voxy, would suggest this to be true. In the United States alone, 93% of people between the ages 12 and 29 are online – which so happens to include the university and young professional demographic.
I suspect that this range will extend in both directions as time goes on. We are already seeing mobile learning used in grade school. Fast forward 20 years from now and one can only image what mobile technology and learning will enable us to do – especially once those who have been using it their entire lives invent their own versions.
While there is still a large population who are part of the “digital divide” (i.e. people that can remember life before internet and digital technologies), the up-and-coming generation appears to have mobile learning as very much part of their psyche.
For more interesting facts related to mobile learning, take a look at the infographic below.