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Connected Learning

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Connected Learning

How Mobile Technology Can Improve Education

Brookings Institution,

5 min read
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Mobile technologies make students – and nations – more engaged, empowered and competitive.

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In this succinct article, Darrell M. West of the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings persuasively articulates the many ways that mobile technology has transformed and will continue to transform education – making it more effective, innovative and personal. In conjunction with his analysis, West offers examples of how technology improves the lives of the disadvantaged and why national investments in mobile technology correlate with economic growth and competitiveness. getAbstract recommends West’s perspective to educators and anyone interested in the innovative possibilities of mobile technologies.


In today’s technology-driven world, “mLearning” – mobile learning – is changing and improving the ways students can gain access to, share and assimilate information. Mobile technology in the classroom personalizes education. Teachers can tailor it to each student’s learning style, skills and interests, and it is available on demand. It allows educators to track how well and how quickly students learn. This information helps teachers recognize when students need extra help, or, alternately, greater challenges. It takes over such basic tasks as checking and grading...

About the Author

Darrell M. West is the vice president and director of governance studies and the founding director of the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings.

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