Mobile phones in the academic realm
Mobile phones have been a part of our live since quite some time now, but ever since smart phones were introduced, they are becoming more and more involved in everything we do. The academic sector has not remained untouched – mobile phones have already entered the realm of education. There is a difference of opinion on whether this is a positive or a negative thing, but everyone agrees that the mobile phones do have a presence in the classroom at the moment.
How are mobile phones a part of the classroom? Most high school and college students are mobile phone users, and they use their phones to take notes, record lectures, communicate with their fellow students, download study material and even use academic applications.
Or school class groups on social media are being used quite effectively by students these days for communication and coordination, and smart phones are an easy way for students to access these groups.
It is indubitable that mobile phones can be – and a lot of the time they are – a major distraction for students from their studies. Not only do students get distracted when they are constantly checking their message inbox or WhatsApp, but their concentration span is affected due to the use of mobile phones just like it is affected by television or social media.
Must We Direct The Use Of Mobile Phones?
Mobile phones are already in the realm of education, so the best thing, probably, is to direct their use in such a way that it allows students to benefit from the use of mobile phones and counters the negative effects.
Using mobile phones for communication running academic applications and downloading study material can be allowed, but it is necessary that there be some sort of regulation in educational institutions that restricts students from using their phones during lectures and while studying.
The Learning Experience:
A technology-oriented learning experience is not a bad thing. It can prove to be quite rewarding. However, there must be limits, because conventional learning techniques are also very effective and must be exercised alongside. Mobile phones are not a replacement. They are an addition. While mobile phones can be an aid in education and help in learning, the adverse effects of the extensive use of mobile phones on the eyesight and the concentration span of students are factors that cannot be ignored.