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)