Blog week 3- Why mobile technology makes sense in the 21st century classroom

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‘Teaching and learning is an interesting space right now’. The first statement of this article pretty much sums up my reaction to the paper. Reading this article has leaded me to deeply analyse the advantages and disadvantages of using mobile technology in schools. Honestly I would say prior to reading it I was quite anti technology, but after reading the article it has persuaded me to think otherwise. Here is how my train of thought appeared:

Disadvantages of using smart phones in schools-

  • The BYOT (bring your own technology) method could be a problem for those who financially cannot afford the technological device required. This could lead to things such as low self esteem.
  • When technology is used in the classroom it is often left up to the student to drive their own learning. Are students mature enough to be left to their own devices like this? Will work still be completed?
  • It’s about pedagogy first, technology second. Some teachers may not know how to effectively use the smart phones in a classroom and their use may just be a waste of time.
  • When students have their own device to access social networking sites, cyber bullying can be a big issue for children.

Advantages of using smart phones in schools-

  • Because of the lifestyle children are brought up in, the use of mobile devices like iPads taps into students preferred styles of learning and suits their interests. This will make students more likely to engage in the topic being studied, therefore in taking information.
  • Smart phones and tablets are flexible. For example students can investigate topics further and revisit learning if needed. This is very beneficial for study techniques before tests and exams.
  • Mobile technology is more convenient to use than laptops and PC’s because they are smaller, and more convenient to carry around.  For example most people would take majority of their photos on their smart phone because it is always easy to carry with them.
  • Using smart phones in schools allows us to teach children to have digital literacy skills, and be safe and responsible online. Quote from the article; ‘It is like expecting our young people to be safe and competent drivers on the road, but not allowing them to drive a car’.

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I agree with the statement in the article; ‘Dealing with some of the negative uses far outweighs the disadvantages’. There are so many positive ways smart phones can be utilised in classrooms. Time Magazine (2012) revealed a study that showed students that used mobile technology (iPads) in the classroom scored better in literacy tests than those that did not. Saying all this technology will be necessary for most job situations in their future lives. It is necessary they learn the skills to correctly use them early in their life rather than later.

Isard, J. (2012) Why mobile technology makes sense in the 21st Century classroom. The Professional Educator

http://techbeat.com/2012/10/using-tablets-atschool/

http://blog.compete.com/2011/09/13/backpacks-get-lighter-while-ebook-retailer-wallets-get-heavier/

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One thought on “Blog week 3- Why mobile technology makes sense in the 21st century classroom

  1. Ellen, I am a big believer that technology should be used more in schools for learning, however I do agree with the disadvantages you have listed. I also agree with your advantages. I think students need to be taught these technological skills throughout school, by their teachers as it is a great motivator and something different, rather than reading books or listening to someone talk for hours and hours. Good reflection, I’m glad it has persuaded you a bit more to be a believer in the use of technology in schools!
    Jenelle

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