The trend that will changeeducation most radically inthe future is a “move awayfrom desktop machines to integrated mobile units”.
Handheld devices such as a smart phone, iPad, Nook, and manyothers are becoming more affordable and more convenient to use. The majority of students have some kind of hand held device and often more than one. Most students now would be considered “digital natives” or children who have been brought up with technology.
According to Anya Kamenetz of Fast Company magazine: “The new connectedness isn’t just for the rich. Mobile adoption is happening faster worldwide than that of color TV a half-century ago. Mobile-phone subscribers hit approximately 5 billion during 2010;more than 2 billion of those live in developing countries, with the fastest growth in Africa.
THE CELL PHONE:Educational Tool or Distraction?
The smart phone is the tool that will become important to education first. “One-third of cell owners (33%) say that their phone is a smartph “When asked what device they normally use to access the internet, 25% of smartphone owners say that they mostly go online using their phone, rather than with a computer.”
In a survey by NPD Group, people were asked: Which of the following activities do you perform on your smartphone? This chart illustrates the results:
“Even young children are joining the wirelessrevolution; over 20% of 6-9 year olds and 60% of 10-14 year olds own a cell phone according to C&R Research.”
“About 65 percent of the U.S. population, or over 200 million people, will have a smartphone and/or tablet in 2015, according to the research firm In-Stat.”
Advantages to Using Handheld Devices in the Classroom
1. Most students already have one.2. It is easy to access a wealth of information very quickly.3. There are many different features to accommodate learning.4. Students already know how to use them, so teachers do not have to spend a lot of time teaching them.5. They are multi-sensory and accommodate different learning styles.6. They are fun to use.
How to Use a Handheld Device in the Classroom: 1. Calendar and Agenda – Record Homework 2. Listen to Music 3. Internet 4. Word Processing 5. Read Books 6. Play Games 7. Take Pictures 8. Communicate on Social Networking Sites 9. Texting information 10. Calculator 11. Email 12. Communication
Problems With Handheld Devices in the Classroom:1. Cheating2. Distraction from lesson3. Children become used to being entertained4. Using the device for something other than the teacher’s intended purpose5. Smaller screens could make tasks more challenging6. Potential to be noisy and disruptive7. Theft