Why isn’t Mobile Technology Revolutionizing Education?

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By Jacob Maslow

girl studying on ipad in universityIn dollar terms, education is a huge industry. In fact, education is often viewed as a necessity by most Americans. If you want to move ahead in life, education should be part of your plans. It doesn’t have to be a formal education. Your training can take the form of some sort of a certificate-based training. Regardless, education is part of the process.

Considering how big the education industry is in the United States, it’s quite a bit of surprise that there appears to be a limited number of mobile apps focused on this space. This is really too bad. There are a lot of fundamental problems that need to be solved in the education space.

For example, if somebody is in a college lecture, it would be nice to have a mobile phone open recording key parts of the lecture and then cross-referencing that information into usable notes. It would also be nice if that person who took those notes can then dictate commentaries on those notes or even dictate observations regarding reading materials and further research related to course materials. The most exciting part of all of this is interlinking all these different pools of personal collected data into a large pool of shared data by many different students. This is where big data technology can kick in mixed with cloud computing and mobile app technology.

All sorts of possibilities come to mind. You can come up with group learning or group analysis. Whenever there is a potential for a one-to-many or many-to-one type of data distribution model, all sorts of revenue opportunities come to mind. At the very least, images of textbook ads, whether new or used, as well as roommate matchmaking ads come to mind. This is just scratching the surface. The possibilities are endless, and I am stumped as to why there aren’t enough education-related apps out there. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of nice apps in the market but surely, given the huge demand and opportunity, why aren’t there more?

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