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Today, living at the era of technological evolution, it is high time to think over the significance of using technology in our classroom. Without doubt, all of us has used some technological devices while teaching, however few teachers do use techology effectively. Unfortunately, some teachers tend to think that technology is rather distructive and can be used only as entertainment while warming up students.Since I work at NIS, our school provides teachers with various devices which are to be implemented in the classroom; every room is equiped with an active board, laptops and tablets. However, elder generation of teachers do not welcome usage of technology in the classroom, and keep on teaching in a traditional way, whereas my younger colleagues are eager to bring technology into the classroom and manage doing it effectively.
Mobile phones are becoming very popular in today’s life since almost everyone can afford it, and during the last decade the role of mobile phones has changed; they are no longer considered as a tool for communication only, now they are used in teaching and learning. Mobile learning supports learning process through mobile devices such as tablets, MP3 players, cell phones and smartphones. The main idea of M-learning is that a learner can learn anywhere and at any time. Mobile devices make it possible for students to gather, access and process inforrmation outside the classroom. Mobile learning is accessible for all learners because of low cost and mobile devices are the most spread ones in the world.
Needless to say, mobile learning is valuable and beneficial both for educators and learners. M-learning is worth taking into the classroom due to several reasons. Firstly, according to Savill-Smith et al (2006), mobile learning supports the learning process rather than being integral to it. Secondly, mobile learning can be useful for students with special needs despite SMS and MMS. Thirdly, mobile devices are more convenient in usage comparing with computers.
As for the effectiveness of M-learning, this youtube video called “Mobile learning in the classroom” describes how mobile phone can be used in educational purposes. Moreover, reflecting on my teaching experinec, I can say that 5 years ago I cpnsidered mobile learning as needless and distructive, however, now I welcome using smartphones on my lessons. As seen in the video, students can easily get any necessary nformation themselves without asking a teacher, they can google anything using their browsers, they can use wikipedia, online dictionaries and so on. Being an EFL teacher. I assure that M-learning is worth taking into classroom. Unfortunately, this year mobile phones are not allowed in my school, so it takes much more time for students to find unknown words or other information.
To conclude, I believe M-learning is an effective tool for the 21st century education since it supports learning anywhere and anytime. The only thing which worries me, is teachers’ attitude towards mobile learrning since in Kazakhstan, teachers consider any sort of technology in the classroom as something additional, but not an essential part of teaching and learning process.
Abilene Christian University (2010, May, 12). Mobile learning in the classroom . Retrieved October 10, 2015 from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCQsnt3rDvk
Savill-Smith, C., Attewell, J., & Stead, G. (2006). Mobile Learning in Practice: Piloting a Mobile Learning Teacher’s Toolkit in Further Education Colleges. Learning and Skills Network.