Making Cellphones Educational Tools
Cellphone use has hit an explosion where almost everyone owns a cellphone inclusive of school-going children. Cellphone technology needs to be used appropriately so that it can accrue positive benefits to society especially to individuals who are still pursuing their education. Cellphones have been used by the business world positively such as through advertising, and this has been a benefit to the business. Despite the advantages of cellphones in the world, many people view cellphones as a disadvantage to students and that cellphones should be kept away from students as they act as distractors when studying. However, this can be changed, and cellphones can be used as educational tools, and this will help in making education simpler and also will be a step towards integrating technology in the education system.
Research is a crucial part of every student’s education. Students need to learn more about the topics taught in class, and also they need to research as they carry out assignments given by their tutors. There are two types of research which are primary and secondary research and students mostly carry out secondary research. Secondary research entails reading the works of other people, and these works are found on the internet (Kothari, 6). Using a cellphone, students can access these works from the internet and conduct their research using the device. Computers can be used in place of cellphones when accessing the internet. However, computers are expensive compared to cellphones, and this makes them easily accessible to many students even those that come from low-income households.
It is important that students learn on the current situation in the world. In today’s world, organizations are utilizing cellphones for various purposes. With the installation of some application such as emails, companies are using cellphones for official communications. Also, companies are advertising through social media and these applications such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook can all be accessed using cellphones. Therefore it is important that cellphones be used as education tools where students will be taught how these devices are used in the world in a positive way and how the student will also use them when they will be done with their education and will be working in different companies and organizations.
Cellphones are used as educational tools through the installation of learning applications in the devices. For example, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary App can be installed in a cellphone in which students can use this application in checking the spelling and meaning of various English words. This application also gives the synonyms of words, and therefore students can use it when writing paragraphs to avoid repetition and make their writing more enticing to read (Cui and Shuyan, 72). The applications are user-friendly hence students can use these applications easily. Other applications that can be installed in mobile phones include word translators. These are applications that translate words from one language to the other, and this will be helpful to students that are learning a foreign language.
The education system today is more involving where students are expected to critically evaluate a topic and not just read about a topic and have it in their minds as they have read. In critical evaluations, visual representations are of much importance (Eileen, Jones, and Waycott). Visual representations of topics learned in class can be found on the internet, and this can be accessed using the cellphone. For example, when students in the lower grades are learning about the parts of a plant, they need to see and differentiate these parts. This way they will understand better the explanation that is given by their teacher.
Textbooks are an important resource in the education system. The availability of textbooks varies where in some regions textbooks have to be shared by students since they are not enough for each student. In such cases, electronic books can be used in place of the textbooks. Electronic books can be accessed using the cellphones, and in such instances, cellphones are converted to be educational tools (Cui and Shuyan, 75). Also, some textbooks are heavy, and it becomes cumbersome for students to carry them around. Therefore having electronic books reduces this burden and allows students to access the books from any place that they wish to do their reading.
Students have different abilities where some can write very fast while some write slowly. Those that write slowly are often left behind when dictation of notes is happening in the classroom. Students with this issue can use their cellphone in recording the dictation which they will use to update their notes on sections that they did not fill during class. This way, students can benefit from having mobile phones.
Cellphones can be utilized as education tools by acting as time managers and creating schedules. Students need to manage their time so that they can allocate enough time for the chores that they have (Eileen, Jones, and Waycott). For example, in the morning they can use their cellphones to determine the speed they need to use to get to school on time. Also, during the day, students are given various assignments that they need to complete before the next day. Using their phones, students can indicate all the assignments given which will act as a to-do-list when they get at home in the evening. This will help in ensuring that they have tackled all the assignments given during the day.
These points explained above act as proof that cellphones have many advantages and that they can be utilized as educational tools. The students need to be guided so that they can derive the benefits of having phones when learning. Rules and regulations should be set to guide students’ use of mobile phones so that students can derive the advantages of having cellphones and reduce the distraction caused by these devices.
Cui, Guoqiang, and Shuyan Wang. “Adopting cell phones in EFL teaching and learning.” Journal of Educational Technology Development and Exchange (JETDE) 1.1 (2008): 6. pg.69-78
Kothari, Chakravanti Rajagopalachari. Research methodology: Methods and techniques. New Age International, 2004. pg. 2-6
Scanlon, Eileen, Ann Jones, and Jenny Waycott. “Mobile technologies: prospects for their use in learning in informal science settings.” Journal of Interactive Media in Education 2005.2 (2005).