16 Aug 2018

HOW MOBILE TECHNOLOGY CAN BENEFIT LEARNING

The new generation of mobile educational technology devices can afford creative use and instant access to a wealth of resources and holds a great potential for transforming learning. New technological tools, more specifically smartphones and tablets devices, magic devices, wireless, mobile personal computers which have finger-driven touch screens are backed-up by diverse applications in a well-provisioned manner which embraces educational learning.

Mobile technologies emerge as an innovative tool associated with different methods and strategies, it is used on daily basis for educational activities and contributes to a teaching, learning which could be motivating and personalized to students leading to greater participation and faster acquisition of concepts/ skills.

The 21st century is ever-present with computer and technology which have gained grounds in the lives of the young, becoming a part of education at schools and impacting the lives of students educationally. Technology when used effectively in the classroom enables students to be innovative while developing new skills and provides students with futuristic information. In recent time, the increase in the use of technology is shifting from traditional teaching methods in the classroom to facilitating learning in new ways.

Mobile learning can deliver the kind of content students can engage with wherever and whenever in a way that suits them either using portable smart devices in the classroom or at home. They are interactive and contents can be developed in stimulating formats; utilizing navigation and techniques from digital platforms. Social media and mobile apps help students keep track of their studies by checking on assignments as it progresses through automated updates.

Students read their course materials on their smartphones even while in bed, rather than have to go to the computer labs in school before having access to a materials and technology provides  an avenue to conduct research for students and a quick/easy access/feedback from supervisors, a faster communication with lecturers and colleagues also.

Meanwhile, mobile learning is a need but not a want and it is believed that allowing students to use mobile devices in the classroom gives motivation to learn because digital technology has a positive impact on reading and writing, as well as the development of numeracy skills and iPads in the classroom enhance communication skills and increase a high level of discussion. It also helps parents connect with teachers and stay up to date with their child’s progress at school and ensures they are aware of topics being discussed in the classroom, giving them the opportunity to bring the conversation home.

In today’s hyper-connected world mobile technology influence will continue to grow occupying an ever more significant role in the society and creating a learning experience to supports new and exciting ways of delivering engaging content and build the digital skills young people need beyond education. Students tends to spend more time and effort in learning tasks that are of interest to them and creates increased interest, creativity, enthusiasm, engagement, motivation, independence and self‐regulation, and improved productivity because they find learning more fun as compared to a typical lecture-based classroom.

 

 

Article by Blessing Bassey

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