The new school year comes as usual with old doubts about how to integrate the use of mobile technology in everyday’s kids routine. Those questions related to access limitation, or how to define the máximum time available per day or the most convenient contents for kids are common in parents concerned to the fact that mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) may become great allies in their kids education. But they feel, by the other hand, that these newcomers should not invade leisure times with family, in the playground or substitute tradicional reading media.
Mobile learning, which is the learning base on mobile devices, is considered done of the emerging technologies that will impact education in the following years, as The Horizon ib 2012 states.
One of the advantages that Mobile learning has is that it makes possible outdoor learning, anywhere, anytime. The student becomes proactive as he or she may create, publish and share their own knowledge as he or she takes benefit form the knowledge generate by others, as a contribution to a ciclic process that enriches enormously the experience in learning.
The apps developed for museums, libraries and cultural organizations to suplement the educational base program are in this sense, eficient tools to be taken into account. The experience children have when discovering masterpieces in the museum galleries may be deployed in a play-oriented and simuoltaneously pedagogic way, by using the app to deepen and reinforce the non-formal learning as children natural curiosity for the new is rewarded toguether with the exploration of new contents and the adquisition of pedagogical skills. That’s why the apps that enables users to create, share and edit are extremely useful.
There are specialized websites and blogs to guide those parents who, concerned by the need to choose quality within the increasing supply, are looking for some orientation. In any case, as usual, common sense and the knowledge of your kid educational requirements are the best guidance.