Tips to Simplify Education and Life with Mobile Tech

This post is written in partnership with U.S. Cellular.  All opinions are my own.

Now that we are all firmly back to school, thinking about ways to use technology to simplify is on my mind.  This year we have two kids who are at two different levels, as well as a very active almost 3 year old.  Technology is definitely coming into play during our schooling.  And honestly, it is taking part in schooling from pre-school all the way to college.

Tips to Simplify Education and Life with Mobile Tech

One of the big changes that we have had this year is to listen to a lot more audio books.  Since we spend a lot of our time reading together as part of the kids’ education, I realized that me spending all of that time reading is not always possible.  Letting the kids have an audiobook to listen to while they work on chores or art, or even while having their rest time, it helps.  Having the audiobooks is also a plus when we are out and about trying to get to different lessons, or when we are patiently waiting for Emma to finish her saxophone lesson sitting in the car.  U.S. Cellular has great coverage that allows me to download new books or listen to music whenever we are out and about – which seems to be often.

Emma and Jack are also downloading a lot more e-books for their free reading this year.  Having the options available at our fingertips is wonderful.  It is also a great option for college students.  They are able to download everything from textbooks to their favorite novels.  Reading on my iPhone is something I do myself every single day.  I always have a book at my fingertips, and I prefer that to getting lost in the world of social media.

Tips to Simplify Education and Life with Mobile Tech

Another area that technology has come a long way is with the ability to listen to music anywhere.  Having Spotify and Apple Music let us listen to music whenever we want – plus, have you seen some of the amazing lists on Spotify?!  Also perfect for the student who loves to listen to music while studying, or when you need that down time.

The change in the realm of entertainment – TV and movies – is huge when it comes to technology.  I remember several years ago, before I had my first iPhone (a 3GS) that I couldn’t imagine watching a show on a screen so small.  That was also the year that my 1 year old decided she no longer wanted to sleep, and I got sucked into binge watching The Vampire Diaries on Netflix...on my iPhone…so TV on my phone has been a constant since then.

It is also a way for my kids to have some down time in the afternoon, either by watching an educational show, or sitting down to watch a documentary, there are so many options available.  I remember being so excited to have a TV in my college dorm room, but they aren’t really necessary now because kids tend to use their iPhones and iPads to watch anything they could want to.

According to recent U.S. Cellular survey, 59 percent of smartphone users watch video using their devices; up from 48 percent just three years ago.1

Everyday tasks are easy to manage as well.  Using the notes app on my iPhone 7, I constantly make lists throughout the day.  Lists of things I need at the store, things I need to work on with my kids, even as an alarm in the morning.

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Students are able to use their mobile device to replace so many items, it definitely lightens the load.  Everything from alarm clocks, to books, to large music collections, can now be stored right on their device, cutting down on clutter and having everything they need at the touch of the screen.

What apps do you use to simplify and manage your everyday?

¹ Between Nov. 10-17, 2016, a total of 701 online interviews were conducted among a nationally representative sample by Consumer Insights, in partnership with Maritz CX.

17 comments:

  1. As a mom of 4 kids in all different school levels ranging from college down to preschool I love learning about way to make life a bit easier so thanks so much for sharing this.

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  2. Technology really has changed the way kids are raised today, it amazes me how easy they are able to navigate these devices at such a young age. I'm from a generation that was brought up without them and I still read real books but enjoy watching my kids and grand kids learn from them. Times have defiantly changed.

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  3. High technology may have negative effects to students, but we should admit that there are way lot more of its advantages. And you had just listed them.

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  4. I am not as tech savvy as my kids who are always finding inventive ways to use their phones. I know by the time my daughter goes to college everything will be via email and on line.

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  5. Kids have it so much easier today than I did. When I was in school we had to actually go to the library and use an Encyclopedia. I could never go back and I'm so glad my kid doesn't have to either.

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  6. I completely agree with your point! I would like to suggestion a helpful app to organize your study calendar. It's called My Study Life. It's a life saver for any busy student. We just posted a review of it on our blog. You are welcome to hop on and read it.

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  7. There's no doubt that technology has made things easier. And I appreciate that there are so many apps that the kids can use to learn these days! It also helps them get organized which my eldest loves.

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  8. Great post! I use a ton of apps to simplify my day too! I love using the Reminders app for things I need to get done, but the app I use most is probably my Calendar app! I put everything in there and check it all the time so I don't miss out on anything!

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  9. Technology has change lot of people but has many advantages for students!! What an informative post!!

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  10. Technology has always been apart of my life, as well as my kids. I think its great for them to learn and at this point most of them know more than me! This is great! - Jeanine

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  11. All so true -- technology was barely around when I was in school and now its part of everything!

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  12. I think technology is great, but there is definitely a few things that I like to keep old school. When it comes to being a student, I think that writing notes by hand, etc. are the way to go! But consolidating in other ways like you say is a great idea!

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  13. Great post - very informative - I am in the IT industry and it resonated with me.

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  14. My sister is currently in grade school, and also Mom believes in old school type of studying, she is open to let my little sister use her iPad for additional research. She's top in the class!

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  15. As a mom and full-time grad student, I agree with this post more than ever! There are times when I am busy and I have to use my phone to do school work because it is more accessible.

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  16. It’s crazy how helpful a phone can be for education!!! I’m definitely jealous that smart phones weren’t around when I was in school!!!!

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  17. This is such an informative and detailed post. It's true that technology has changed a lot of people in new generation.

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