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Mobile Phones: Underutilized Pedagogical Devices - Mr. Pir Suhail Ahmed #OZeLIVE
King Abdul Aziz University
The potential of digital mobile devices such as Personal Digital Assistants and mobile phones to achieve a large scale impact on learning has been well documented by a number of researchers. Recent investigations on mobile devices have increasingly focused on the importance of documenting the relationship between pedagogy and technology.
As an English teacher, I see many educators heaping malediction upon the prevalent use of mobile devices and kvetch that our learners have become addicted to their mobile phones and they should not be allowed to use these devices in our classes. Using a mobile phone is not appreciated in our classroom culture. Unfortunately, we have paid no attention to the fact that a lot of learning has been done on mobile phones and they can be used as valuable teaching tools.
This session provides an introduction to mobile learning and explores its role in a classroom setting. It will exemplify using mobile phones as a learning tool and its relationship with the postmodern pedagogies of socially constructed learning. It will also provide guidance for language educators who want to adopt a more productive teaching and learning process in their classes by implementing M-learning.
The session will help us understand the impact of these under-utilized devices on teaching and learning.
Pir Suhail Sarhandi has earned an MA in English Literature and another MA in Applied Linguistics from Pakistan. He has trained teachers and taught ESL/EFL for the last seven years in the Middle East. Currently he is working for English Language Institute, King Abdul Aziz University, Saudi Arabia.
His research interests include (but not limited to) teaching methods and techniques, native/non-native dichotomy, professional development and mLearning.