Mobile Technology in Teaching and Learning

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Running head: MOBILE TECHNOLOGY IN TEACHING AND LEARNINGMOBILE TECHNOLOGY IN TEACHING AND LEARNING.FRANCIS PONGOFIELDINGGRADUATE UNIVERSITYSUMMER 2016
MOBILE TECHNOLOGY IN TEACHING AND LEARNING1ContentsIntroduction......................................................................................................................................3Opponents........................................................................................................................................3Benefits............................................................................................................................................4Conclusion.......................................................................................................................................7Reference.........................................................................................................................................9
MOBILE TECHNOLOGY IN TEACHING AND LEARNING2IntroductionMobile technology in teaching and learning has become part of the norm across the globe. FromK12 through the tertiary institutions, we witness some aspect of the use of mobile technology inthe teaching and learning process (Park et al., 2011).Smartphone’s and tablets just like pen and paper have become part of the tools of the classroom.Fromface book, YouTube, Google among other social apps, both students and faculty continueto engage in the teaching and learning process.Unfortunately, the debate on the role and benefits of this system continuesat alllevels, andstakeholders including policy makers, politicians, parents, educators, and students are divided.Opponents stand by the idea that mobile technology has no play in education and hasbecome adistraction and waste. Proponents on the other side swear that mobile technology is the best thingthat has happened to education in a long time. It has granted accessibility to those that were leftin the dark and aided in cost efficiency and time management.OpponentsSome are of the view that mobile technology should not be use until at the tertiary level when thestudents can benefit more due to their maturity. At basic and secondary levels students that havethe sense of maturity or responsibility to focus on utilizing the technology to engage in learning.For example we see on our roads with the majority of teenagers' texting and driving resulting inaccidents. Another fear is that with the rise in sexting and cyberbullying by the same agegroups,allowing them to use mobile technology in the learning environment would be an extension forthem to engage in such vices (Naismith et al., 2004).Lack of training for even in advanced nations such as the States, faculty and students are notgiven the proper training to adequately prepare them to integrate mobile technology into the
MOBILE TECHNOLOGY IN TEACHING AND LEARNING3teaching and to learn the process (Hew et al., 2007). The push to accept change by most of ourfaculty in using technology to teach accounts is spreading widely. The fear of trying new tricksof the trade by our majority baby boomers that are in teaching positions has become the biggestroadblock. The politicians' lack of commitment to providing the proper training for faculty is anadditional challenge.Extra time is needed to develop and manage the integration of mobile technology in education.Teachers have to invest more time in learning the technology and also producing the neededmaterials. In addition, teachers need to train and develop their students' skills. The teachers alsoassume the position of a desk helps IT consultant 24/7. Students will contact them anytime forassistance and require them being available outside of classroomhours (Liu et al., 2014).BenefitsIt helps to increase the instructional time. Learning continues outside the classroom. Theallocated classroom time is inadequate to benefit both faculty and students, and therefore the useof mobile technology is a plus for both groups to engage in learning. Education is an ongoingprocess and must be continued without limitation to time, and distance. Methods such asFlipping the Classroom are known to be a very good method that benefits both students andfaculty (Berrett et al., 2012). This method depends on mobile technology to be effective. Mobiletechnology has nearly infinite possibilities for education, networking and personal productivity(Lunsford et al., 2010). Also, mobile technology gives the students more opportunity to practicehomework than the traditional method (Liuet al., 2014).In the long term, mobile technology in education is cost effective. Aside from the initial cost ofacquiring such devices, the cost and benefits make it relatively cheaper than the traditional
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