Mobile Learning in the Classroom
There is a sense of anticipation in higher education technology circles these days, a feeling of prickly excitement that hasn’t been experienced since the heady days of the dot-com boom (Wagner, 2005). Mobile learning concepts have taken over the classrooms. Most teachers are merely trying to keep up with the ever-changing technology in order to stay relevant with what students want and need to learn. Long gone are they days where books and videos are our only source of educational tools. Now we have so many outlets to choose from, it can get a bit over-whelming. Stream-lining a process and choosing mobile technologies that work best for your curriculum is the best way a teacher can be proficient in what they aim to offer their students.
Tablets in the Classroom
The growing use of mobile technology on college campuses suggests the future of the classroom, including learning activities, research, and even student faculty communications, will rely heavily on mobile technology (Rossing, 2012). Tablets are becoming more acceptable in the classroom. Tablet such as the Apple IPad, or the Samsung Galaxy not only give students the ability to stay ahead of the curve of innovating technologies, but it really allows them to learn interactively. IPads have been used for in-class learning activities and assessment, for communication, for research support, and much more (Rossing, 2012). As a future adult educator I plan to incorporate tablets into my classrooms. Learning with mobile technology allows students, to expand discussion and investigation beyond the walls of the classroom; it enables students to collaborate and create knowledge and to interact with a larger range of content (Rossing, 2012).
Podcast can possibly be one of the best mobile learning technologies for students. I believe that in the classroom they will enhance the learning experience because not only can students listen to the podcast for the current class, they are also able to listen anytime they need to. This helps with studying for exams as well. Students have the ability to listen to the podcast on their own time to refresh their selves of material. A great example of a podcast that could help students is, ITunes University, a website with downloadable educational podcasts, can provide students the opportunity to obtain professors’ lectures when students are unable to attend class (McKinney, 2009). As a future adult educator I would like to be able to use podcast for those reasons. Also, using podcast as an online professor will be great as well. I know that sometimes students in online courses can feel disconnected from their professors and classmates. Using podcast will help make learners feel more connected overall.
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