Growing Mobile Workforce

mobile workforce

It is estimated that 75% of the workforce in the US is already mobile and  that by 2015 the mobile workfoce, worldwide, will reach 1.3 billion or a staggering 37.2% of the global mobile workforce.

Are YOU part of the mobile workforce? Are you using mobile devices for your work? IF not, why not? Would the use of a mobile device in your field be a boon or a bust?

(Source: IDC predicts)

educational thought leadersThank you to eSparkLearning.com for including me in their recent blog post (August 5, 2013) titled 5 Questions for 5 EdTech Thought Leaders

The article contains answers from four other educational thought leaders:

Following are the questions that were posed to us and my answers:

In your opinion, what’s the most exciting thing happening right now in digital learning?

Individualized and personalized learning that is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week from mobile devices.

Technology versus textbooks: will there ever be a winner?

I don’t believe published paper text books to be a sound investment when there are dynamic and interactive digital options that can always be easily updated. While I may personally prefer the freely-available openness of the Internet and its vast array of resources, I understand the need for grade-level appropriate, self-contained, subject-specific digital texts. That said, I worry about student families and institutions being beholden to expensive publisher costs for eTexts.

What’s going to be the next big thing in educational technology?

Gamification.

If you could give one piece of advice to teachers about to integrate technology in their classroom this fall, what would it be?

Don’t hesitate because you think you have to be the controlling expert. Start small and learn alongside your class. Most importantly: Have fun!

What’s your best kept EdTech secret?

If there is an “EdTech secret”, it’s that people are the most significant ‘technology’ and that learning occurs best when powerful connections are made. Technology is simply a tool to help teachers extend their reach and for students to access content, investigate, share, and produce demonstrations of their understandings.

I encourage you to read the original article for all of the insights from the above noted educational thought leaders. Follow them on Twitter and visit their web sites for outstanding information on educational technology and learning in the digital age!

Original eSparkLearning article: Educational Thought Leaders

About eSparkLearning — Their mission is to transform learning so it’s personalized, best of breed, engaging, and mobile; enabling students to succeed in school and in life.

The increase in the use of mobile devices to access the Internet makes it possible for a new mobile workforce who is connected to their office or staff via the internet-connected device!

Are you more or less productive by a drive through rush hour to work? Could you save time and money AND be more productive if you didn’t have to be in a specific location at a certain time?

Mobile Workforce says “No to the Office”

Is the 9-to-5 commute over? Until maybe only recently, you were expected to drive to work, clock-in, put in your hours and fight your way back home in rush hour. Once you left work, you were done until you came back into work the next way.

Mobile workers are those who work at least 10 hours per week away from home and from their main place of work, e.g. on business trips, in the field, travelling or on customers’ premises, and use online computer connections when doing so. (Source: Cisco: Understanding and Managing the Mobile Workforce/ Electronic Commerce and Telework Trends, 2000.ii)

A growing number of workers using mobile devices are doing things differently. Whether it’s smartphones, tablets, or laptops, the need to report to a building, an office and a workstation is rapidly changing with the increase in a mobile workforce because you can communicate, produce and work remotely.

Find below an infographic with some interesting stats regarding the changes for a mobile workforce. (click for larger image)

mobile workforce

 

Source: Technology In Business

Smartphone is the ultimate favorite of Mobile Workers.

mobile workersIf mobile workers were to choose only one device, 46 % of those surveyed would select a smartphone over an ipad, tablet or a laptop, as their preferred mobile device.

Mobile consumers surveyed by GfK ranked smartphones first in 11 of 15 common mobile device uses, including searching the Internet, listening to music and filming video. They preferred tablets for game playing, watching TV programs and reading books or magazines.

“The amount of time that people spend using smartphones is creating a sense of comfort that seems to trump concerns about screen size,” commented GfK Media SVP David Tice. “As smartphones become larger and more viewing oriented, they may erode the tablet’s advantages for even long viewing sessions. The fact that Generations X and Y have an almost native ease with smartphones will only accentuate this trend.”

The iPhone still trumps other mobile devices, with 30% of mobile workers selecting it if they had only one choice, followed by an iPad (22%) and a laptop (21%).

(Source: The iPass Global Mobile Workforce Report March, 2012)

More on mLearning from Kevin Corbett: Mobile Learning

mobile learning market

Mobile Learning Market Continues To Grow

The Mobile Learning Market is expected to reach $9.1 billion by 2015.

The worldwide market for products and services reached $3.2 Billion in 2010.

There are two sections in this report: a demand-side analysis and a supply-side analysis. Additionally, there is an index of suppliers competing in the region.

The demand-side section includes five-year forecasts for the following twenty countries: Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia,China (including Hong Kong and Macao), India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan,the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

“By 2017, ten countries in Asia will be spending more on Mobile Learning than on eLearning,” comments CEO Tyson Greer.

“We call this the leapfrog effect. Buyers in Asia are not substituting Mobile Learning for eLearning, they are leapfrogging eLearning altogether. We see this happening in Africa as well.”

The five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) is 22.7% and revenues will reach $9.1 billion by 2015.

(Source: Ambient Insight Mobile Learning Market Forecast 2009-2014)

More on mLearning from Kevin Corbett: Mobile Learning

Mobile Learning Surges Globally

Mobile Learning and the World Market

mobile learningAmbient Insight reports a surging global mobile learning market. 

The countries with the highest growth rates (all over 60%) are China, India, and Indonesia.

The countries with the lowest growth rates (all under 5%) are Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, the three most mature Mobile Learning markets on the planet.

More on mLearning from Kevin Corbett: Mobile Learning