Internet and technology today has reached the farthest corner of the world. Even kids and teenagers are having their own tech devices in the form of mobile phones or cell phones which is known today as the smartphone. In fact, they are grabbing multiple uses and applications of such gadgets much faster than the elder people.
On the contrary, it is quite common to find schools and educational institutions all over the world banning the use of cell phones and even in some cases bringing any digital gadget to school premises. Managing Committees, Governing Bodies, and authorities are seen enacting rules restricting the arrival of such devices with students in schools. Today cell phones are prohibited in classrooms and violation of such restrictions risk confiscation of such devices.
Do the two factors above match with each other?
Don’t you think that the environment students are growing up in needs to be considered? Technology has penetrated almost all the fields of works in recent decades. In such a situation it would do nothing more than choking the advancement of the education system if such ban continues. With the advancement of civilization the education system needs to be upgraded and with a simple step like allowing smartphones which nowadays are no less powerful than a computer in the teaching-learning process, the system may witness a significant advancement.
But cell phones do also play a significant role in distracting our little ones and it takes a lot to figure out its benefits towards the advancement of the education system. However, that’s a small part of the entire case but not that little to be ignored.
The role of teachers, instructors, counselors, and educators is vital in this regard. Their role is to highlight how to bring these smart gadgets and their multiple applications into the use of the education system for good and integrate them with each other. The approach would definitely have a direct impact on their interaction with students. More precisely, classroom interaction between teachers and their students would require to have a personalized touch.
The remarkable part of the fact is that large sums of money are being spent just to bring technology within the reach of our children whereas the tremendous possibilities and computing capabilities of these smart devices that can revolutionize the entire system of the teaching-learning process are being overlooked at the same time. Isn’t that great?
So, What are the Possibilities That Smartphones Have to Offer for Our Education System?
Although in today’s world there are many who have already realized the power and possibilities of mobile phones as a good tool for the betterment of the education system there still remains a long way to go. Educators nowadays have started to integrate cellphones with their classroom environment.
Suffice it to say that the devices students bring with them actually are capable of making them reach their learning goals with more ease. Below are some of the possible uses and applications that in a primary level of learning process mobile phones namely smartphones have to offer.
Education Websites and Blogs on Different Subjects:
The world of information today is within the reach of each and every student bearing a “smartphone”. Teachers and educators can directly refer to the websites or link to the sources of information or articles of their interests available online. Such activities would enrich the learning environment as well as broaden the thinking abilities of the students. Students, in turn, would be trained to look for necessary information on a particular topic allowing the system to move further. Links to useful websites can be shared among students in respect of project works, assignments and many more.
Apps for Translating Languages:
Students can have a better experience with “Google Translate” while translating a language into another. The mobile application uses the smartphone’s camera to take pictures of a text in any language to translate it into another. Additionally, it can translate handwritten texts too. The app is so user-friendly that it can help learning English students in translating any language into English making the learning process easier and handy. They can share this information with their peers in their classes, dictate them to their partners to write down or simply print it out for future references.
Social Media Sharing:
Social media platforms are very popular nowadays. Different social media news feeds today have tremendous possibilities in flourishing the communication process among teachers and students in a new way. Assignments, current affairs of social; political and economic values, class projects on different topics can be posted on Facebook and Twitter feeds for better discussion among teachers and students which in turn would definitely provide both of them with opportunities to place their own views independently. Such an approach might increase student involvement in the learning process rapidly by getting right into their personal devices (mobile phones).
Today’s smartphones are smart enough to plan and execute future schedules. Calendar apps in mobile phones can help students manage their time well. Such cell phone apps can be applied in setting up times for their class schedules, assignments or preparation for examinations. This would increase their productivity in a long run.
Cell phones today have made teens crazy for taking pictures, selfies and sharing them with their peers. Their fondness for such activities can easily be integrated with their academic activities. Relating subject matters with relevant photos in their mobile phones can be a good way to make them feel interested in the topic at hand. This will make them communicate with ease and practice the skills necessary for their studies at the same time.
A few creative approaches like telling them to take snaps of objects or signboards they come across daily or for a day with their mobile phones and sharing them with their classes to have a better discussion on the things in those photos in order to improve their skills like communication, spelling, when and where those photos were taken, synonyms and antonyms etc. can be a good option. Photos of relevant topics may be added to their works like assignments, projects to make those contents interesting.
Online forums are available for managing online classes and discussions. Participation in such platforms may prove beneficial to both teachers and students in expressing their own viewpoints on topics of their interests. This is a great way to attract introvert students to participate in discussions while improving their writing skills.
Mobile phone apps are available today to make the system easier for learners. Important discussions, lectures in classes can be recorded in these mobile apps to listen to them in leisure or whenever needed. Audio links to important or relevant contents can be added to oral assignments to enrich them.
Those were a few applications of mobile phones in the classroom to push the education system a step further. Many of us are already using them in more creative ways just to make the process easier than it was before. Using smartphones would definitely make us more productive using less time. This would enable us to invest our free time developing our kills.
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