Why do we use smartphones for everything except learning?

15 years ago Steve Jobs presented the first iPhone. This was the start of the triumphant advance of smartphones. Various statistics say that currently around 83% of the world's population uses a smartphone. Some estimates are even higher.
The image shows a smartphone with Get More Brain on its display. A perfect tool for mobile learning
Roman Schurter
Roman Schurter
+20 years educational content creation, Community Manager and Learning Designer at Get More Brain.

Smartphones are everywhere

The smart­phone has become preva­lent in all areas of our dai­ly lives: com­mu­ni­ca­tion, enter­tain­ment, nav­i­ga­tion, fit­ness, shop­ping, bank­ing.…

Why not for learn­ing, too?

The image shows a smartphone with Get More Brain on its display. A perfect tool for mobile learning
Mobile learn­ing with Get More Brain

With so many apps and tools at our dis­pos­al, the smart­phone should be used for learn­ing in some form. Whether it’s for tak­ing notes in class, doing home­work, or even just study­ing for an exam, the smart­phone has the poten­tial to be a pow­er­ful tool for learn­ing.

A smartphone is perfect for learning

There are a few rea­sons why this isn’t the case.

  1. First, we already have a lot to do when it comes to learn­ing. Mul­ti­task­ing is dif­fi­cult as it is, adding anoth­er app or tool to the mix could be just the dis­trac­tion that real­ly throws off your learn­ing. Espe­cial­ly if you’re at a col­lege or uni­ver­si­ty
  2. Sec­ond, a lot of con­tent isn’t made for the smart­phone. Lay­out and nav­i­ga­tion are book-ori­ent­ed and don’t lend them­selves to small screens.
  3. Third, the major­i­ty of schools and orga­ni­za­tions are not yet famil­iar with the poten­tial of apps and tools. Most have prob­a­bly bare­ly begun to explore their options when it comes to teach­ing online cours­es or MOOCs. Many don’t even know that tools like Get More Brain exist. And most don’t even know how to use social media for edu­ca­tion­al pur­pos­es.

We want to change that: Get More Brain and Bit­mark are made for learn­ing on your smart­phone.

💡 With Get More Brain, inno­v­a­tive learn­ing set­tings can be designed that are pri­mar­i­ly based on com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

💡 With Bit­mark, con­tent of any kind can be struc­tured and opti­mized for the smart­phone.

While both tech­nolo­gies can be used indi­vid­u­al­ly, they real­ly stand out in com­bi­na­tion. Then they unfold their full poten­tial and enable inter­ac­tive and mul­ti­me­dia learn­ing, inde­pen­dent of time and place — thanks to the smart­phone!

This sto­ry was first pub­lished on LinkedIn (Feb­ru­ary 9, 2022)