Why Electronic Library!

The development  in technology has made students to lack interest in reading books in libraries. It is very important for educators to device ways that are in line with present day development in technology. What I am contemplating is how we can make school electronic libraries in school. This is will particularly good for students and teachers as well.

Moreover, learning in general will become faster and easier thus saving time that will be used for completing the syllabus and revision.

I have discussed with many teachers who have mentioned that their students are mostly interested in reading illustrated books with attractive diagrams and photos. As a result of students’ interest in pictures and illustrations a great improvement can be achieved if these types of books are selected and placed in school libraries.  Emerging from the point of view that learners vary in their learning perspectives so pictures and diagrams will be more effective in delivering information to students who can absorb in audio-visual at the same time.

In this regard, if schools should include an electronic library in their websites that can be accessed by students using their specific username and password education would have been made available without the restriction of place and time. In order to make this electronic library beneficial for both students and teachers the service must be diversified. For instance, sections in it should be reserved for teachers only and other sections reserved for students based on their academic needs.

For the purpose of encouragement and motivation, students can accumulate points and credits in relation to their positive usage of the library in visiting and reading. At the end of a specific period students with the most accumulated points will be honored with gifts and prizes. In this there might be competition and more interest on the part of the students to utilize this service for their own academic advancement.

In addition, for private schools who wish to attract more customers to their schools, a service like this will be an added boost for them, as parents would to send their kids to schools with more facilities.

In conclusion, it is known that that traditional method of reading in libraries is by using hard copies of books but reflecting on the interest that this present day generation has for anything digital, I am wondering if whether future generation will ever handle physical books; What do you think about it ?

Will smartphones make students smarter?

The technological advance that we are witnessing in the world today makes one wonders to what extent we can use this for the benefit of progress in the education field. This is because nowadays students use mobile phones mostly for fun and entertainment. This attachment to technology has become part of their lives in much so that it is almost unthinkable for them to live without these devices. It is in this regard that the author Carly Shuler, a researcher in the children’s media and toy industry and a fellow at the center says: “While these devices are undoubtedly a source of fun and entertainment, proponents of mobile learning believe they have significant potential to be a key ally in supporting learning experiences,” It should be the responsibility of teachers to find ways to utilize these devices for the improvement in students’ learning.

Furthermore, most Students are now using smartphones which are well equipped with diverse facilities. These can even access internet. Shawn Gross, the executive director of the project, said it is proving that smartphones, which in some communities; students already own them or have access to, can provide “many services that can be used as an educational appliance rather than as a distraction.”

Students almost take smartphones with them everywhere.” In our district, especially at high school, students have a cellphones with them at all times, just like a pencil—it’s an underused tool,” said Rosemary Miller, the technology-integration specialist for secondary schools in the Buhler, Kan., public schools. “We don’t have a computer for every kid, as some school districts do.”

“Smartphones don’t make students smarter, and they don’t make studying any more fun. What this research indicates, though, is that smartphones make studying more convenient and enable students to study any time and anywhere, making it significantly more likely that the studying will get done” .said Tony Bradley.