A final note

Years ago one could never imagine that active learning could take place straight from your home desk.  IT in education has, and still is rapidly developing and expanding, revealing itself through new learning programs, apps, YouTube, user interfaces and smartphones.

The importance of information systems is undoubtedly noticeable and has contributed so much to individuals, businesses and societies. Thus the awareness of information systems is vital.

With the availability of so many platforms there should be no excuse as to why lecturers, students, teachers and institutions themselves should be not using these advances in technology to their advantage. The reasons as to why everyone should be aware or have some knowledge about information systems are staring us all in the face every single day. We just have to take a very good look around.

Author – Nyles Jacobs

Smartphones, the future of education?

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Smartphones have become an integral part of our daily lives.  We use them for everything, from phone calls, to surfing the internet, to taking photos. With their compactness and impressive processing power it’s no wonder they can aid in education.

Many schools are starting to integrate smartphones into classroom activities; some even have a “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) policy. Smartphones in classrooms can help students either with or without disabilities, with so many educational apps such as: voice dictation, flash cards, study schedulers; all of which can help increase productivity.

Smartphones can improve the classroom experience by making it more interactive, by enabling students to turn their smartphones into “clickers”, so as to participate in activities such as: class polling, quizzes, and backchanneling.

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The smartphones being so portable and integral to modern everyday life are invaluable as they allow students to research at the swipe of a finger and allow for learning outside of the four walls of the classroom.

Smartphones can be beneficial in the classroom for many reasons: instant internet access for research, taking a picture of the day’s work for reference later, taking short videos or voice recordings during lectures, keeping track of schedules, access to email, etc.  However, smartphones can be a negative, as they are potentially distracting, can be used in cheating, and students without access to smartphones could be left out of important classroom interactions, they may also be difficult to integrate into traditional education. Teachers can use smartphones for file sharing, uploading class notes, and even taking attendance.

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Even though it seems like the best and most obvious step forward, the question still has to be asked and answered. Will smartphones be a hindrance or a help in the long run?

Below are videos about technology in education:

Author – Natasha Ravera

 

Links:

(http://www.core.co.za/ipad-education/)

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-HIWzuDM7w)

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2Ly1FOHIa4)

 

 

References:

1.Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Mobile Phones in Classrooms. (2012). http://www.smartschools.ph/tools/teacherresources/12-03-05/Advantages_and_Disadvantages_of_Using_Mobile_Phones_in_Classrooms.aspx

2.Carey, J. (2012). Teaching with Smartphones. The How of 21st Century Teaching, Voices, Web Tools That Deepen Learning. Retrieved April 20, 2016, from http://plpnetwork.com/2012/11/21/teaching-smartphones/

3.Casey-Rowe, D. (2013). Smartphones In The Classroom: Working Smarter, Not Harder.  Retrieved April 21, 2016, from http://www.teachthought.com/the-future-of-learning/technology/smartphones-in-the-classroom-working-smarter-not-harder/

4.Hennessy, M.A. (n.d.). Using Smartphones (and other PDAs) in Class: These Days, it’s Cool! Retrieved April 20, 2016, from http://lessonplanspage.com/using-smartphones-and-other-pdas-in-class-these-days-its-cool/

5.Smartphones as Tools for Education: Getting Smart With Smartphones. (n.d.). Retrieved April 21, 2016, from https://www.ecyclebest.com/resources/smartphones-as-tools-for-education

 

Images:

(http://suefrantz.com/2011/07/10/socrative-turn-student-smartphones-into-clickers/)

(http://btclounge.blogspot.co.za/2013/06/smartphones-in-classroom.html)

Best Apps – Gojimo and Khan

Apps have taken center stage in the world by assisting us with our education in this fast growing technological world. Apps such as Gojimo and Khan Academy are very different but both serve the same purpose.

“Everyone deserves a free, world-class education” – words said by the Salman ‘Sal’ Khan, creator and founder of the Khan Academy. An App like Khan Academy has been help to of assistance to students who cannot attend lectures because of unforeseen events. This organisation was created with the aim to provide free and world-class education for everyone. The resources are free and available to everyone around the world with short lectures are provided on YouTube. However, Khan Academy has its own negative, as not everyone can find it easy to access the lectures on YouTube owing to terrible internet connections, thus at a disadvantage.

With Khan Academy as a global app that assists everyone across the globe, there is a free App for South African matriculants – (Gojimo) that has been launched to help matrics get through their most important year of their schooling career. It offers free content specifically written for SA matrics with different subjects offered to choose from. The App offers random quizzes, give access to old questions and answers to give a better understanding of the material learnt in class. One of the biggest advantage the App poses is that once the App and the subject content has been downloaded to your device, you don’t need a connection to work through it considering that students do not have an internet connection everywhere.

With technology integrated in education, education will be much easily accessible and fun if the technology implemented is efficient and available to all.

Author – Chantelle Seabi

References:

1.Wright. S, April 2 2015, 2014 Techgirl

2.Khan Academy, November 15 2014, 2016 Khan Academy