10 Sep 2019

THE USE OF MOBILE TECHNOLOGY IN CHILDREN’S LEARNING

Mobile technologies are connecting with nearly all aspects of our lives including different tools,  devices, applications, virtual environments and online environments for educational opportunities, providing 24/7 learning at the learner’s preference. Mobile devices are supporting educators to develop a new community of learning for and by the students of today making use of,  tablets,  iPads,  smartphones, iPod and other mobile devices to stay connected. Mobile learning is described as the ability to provide or obtain the educational content on mobile devices such as smartphones, PDAs, tablets and mobile phones.

 The educational content is the digital learning assets that include any form of media or content that is made available on a mobile device.    Mobile learning using handheld devices is in its early stages in terms of both pedagogies and technologies. Consequently, still, there is some dispute amongst researchers regarding the way mobile learning should be defined:  in terms of technology and devices; mobility of learners and learning, the experience of the learner while learning with mobile devices and also the advantages and disadvantages of learning. The new generation of these mobile technologies is changing the ways of children learning.

As children are always excited to use mobile devices, therefore mobile learning is very engaging and it provides children with new ways of relating their experiences with abstract knowledge.  This development in educational technology has presented an important shift in the way new technology can be used to stretch the minds of young children. However, on the other hand, it is also observed that when children are given a mobile device to be used, in support of some other activity they usually get distracted and concentrates only on the device. This can isolate children from others around them, reading and listening to what is on the mobile device only.

Teachers and parents have lots of concerns regarding the use of computers and mobile technology by young children. Some think that technology is valuable for the future lives of children whereas others are of the thought that children should be playing outside or reading a book rather than using technology Teachers and parents have lots of concerns regarding the  use of computers and mobile technology by young children. Some think that technology is valuable for the future lives of children whereas others are of the thought that children should be playing outside or reading a book rather than using technology.

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