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.

 

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