For mobile learning, the future is now. The capacity of mobile devices has unleashed the creativity of educators and untethered learning from the traditional use of lecture theatres and classrooms. Many teachers are excited about the idea of mobile learning, but do not know what it means, or what teachers and students do when they are engaged in mobile learning. This article paints true-life pictures of mobile learning as a muse to further inspiration and aspiration.
It is a beautiful, sunny day at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre and the Australian National Synchronised Swimming Team are training hard for the upcoming London Olympics. One of the swimmers does not know that her wind-down does not match the others’ and another athlete does not realise that she has not reached the height of the other swimmers. The coach picks up her 2012-release iPad and films the team. She calls them to the side of the pool and shows the video. Through immediate and specific, visual feedback, the athletes see their errors and comment on their corrections. The coach points out other features of the recorded performance and then sends them back into the pool to do it again. This time, they get it right. The swimmers have just engaged in mobile learning. The recording and instant playback affords them learning opportunities that were not previously possible.