Cellphones In Education

901 Words4 Pages
Nowadays we found ourselves surrounded by technology, technology that has progressively found its way into the educational system. Yet, there are plenty of educators that are reluctant of the new technologies or simply oppose to make use of digital devices, establishing zero tolerance policies regarding using cell phones during their lessons, banning them permanently from their classes. Over the past few years there have been different investigations concerning whether the new technologies, especially mobile phones, are simply classroom distracters or can actually be used as powerful tools to aid the learning process. Recent researches have exposed that mobile phones inside the classrooms can help during the learning process but at the same…show more content…
It refers to the use of portable technological devices which can be used in order to aid during the learning process. UNESCO defines mobile learning as “the use of mobile technology, either alone or in combination with other information and communication technology (ICT), to enable learning”. Nowadays, the educational system finds itself surrounded by M-learning, where most of the students own at least one mobile technological device with reliable and constant connection to internet, having immediate access to unlimited and valuable information at their fingertips. According to O’Malley et al. (2003) mobile learning is: “Any sort of learning that happens when the learner is not at a fixed, predetermined location, or learning that happens when the learner takes advantage of learning opportunities offered by mobile technologies.” (O’Malley et al,…show more content…
Learning a foreign language is a process that requires acquiring and internalizing new words in order to communicate in the target language, hence allowing the use of mobile phones inside the EFL classroom offers students the opportunity to use their devices to strengthen and broaden their English vocabulary. By learning new vocabulary students would be able to comprehend what they hear, what they read, they would also be able to understand what other people say and more importantly, students would be able to communicate and express their ideas better when trying to interact with others. Nowadays, there are an ever growing number of inexpensive and also free mobile applications, compatible with different mobile operating systems, available aimed towards helping students learn new vocabulary in a highly efficient manner. Furthermore, applications on SMS can be develop in order to teach students new words. The advantage of developing SMS applications with educational purposes is that all mobile phones are SMS enabled. For instance, Lu (2008) carried out a study which consisted on learning English vocabulary though two different methods, one was learning new vocabulary via mobile phones (SMS) and the other one was by paper-based format. The results revealed that the students who learned via SMS retained and learned more words than the students learning vocabulary trough a handsheet. For such
Open Document