I’m back to the blogging ways after a long hiatus. This post is a result of a stimulating #edchat this Tuesday on m-learning. We shared a lot of ideas on what teachers should learn and unlearn to promote m-learning. I had a discussion with Chris Franzen (@franze98) in this convo and got to know that not all kids belong to the realm of “digital natives”. Although I’ve never come across such a situation, I feel that this is something serious and requires our attention.
Anyway, the focus of this post is on a tweet directed to me by Chris Franzen which I quote here.
which is more important learning to read & do math or to use a mobile device? chicken & egg right? #edchat
In my view, teaching kids to use a mobile phone is as important as teaching them math. With the world heading toward collaborative learning, I feel that teaching technology is essential for the students to keep in pace with the ways of the world.
Kids learn to text, play games and connect with people by observing others. The same strategy can be used to teach them to use mobile devices as a tool for education. Gone are the days when smart phones were exclusively used by businessmen. With the prices of mobile phones and data charges coming down by the day, it is only a matter of time when everyone has a smart phone.
In my opinion, mobile learning has the following advantages
- Connecting to students is instant and easy
- Students love new technology and can get addicted to education
- Use of multimedia for effective instruction
- Miss the concept of missing tests
- Encouraging the students to collaborate with their peers at a global level.
Got more points to add to this list? Got anything against this post? Do share your views and ideas with me.