Mobile phones can help students stay on track with their homework and class projects while also communicating with classmates and teachers.
Students often utilize their mobile phones as studying tools, taking photos of diagrams, recording live lectures and sharing notes amongst classmates. These tools can prove very helpful when taking tests.
It is a source of entertainment
Students now have access to an abundance of information through smartphones. Students can record class lectures, photograph instructor notes and collaborate through cloud-based apps on them. Apps also help them study for tests and assignments quickly compared with using desktop computers at libraries.
Students often enjoy using their mobile phones to access entertainment features like games and cartoons to take a break from studying and stay in contact with friends. Furthermore, these phones can motivate students to do better at school.
At the qualitative phase of this research, participants were selected based on their affirmative responses to questions regarding their lived experiences of using mobile phones in education. Researchers then combined and summarized their findings; 17 main themes emerged. This research provides a new way of considering smartphones in educational environments.
It is a source of information
Modern mobile phones have evolved beyond simple communication tools into powerful learning aids for students. Students use them for taking notes, recording lectures and studying new topics. Furthermore, mobile phones provide students with collaboration opportunities among themselves as well as sharing content – some even come equipped with educational apps designed specifically to aid with studies.
However, many teachers believe that smartphones can be disruptive in the classroom and encourage student misbehavior. Furthermore, smartphones may also serve as an avenue for communicating with family members; some students don’t have access to computers at home so mobile phones provide another means of staying in contact.
Mobile phones are an invaluable source of information, serving as storage for important documents and notes as well as research new topics or learning languages. Some instructors even allow their students to use their phones during lectures for clarifications or questions they might have about the lecture material.
It is a source of communication
Students using mobile phones can quickly contact their parents or elders during an emergency through a cell phone, as well as emergency services if needed. Students also use these phones to easily access information related to homework and class projects as well as communicating with friends and teachers.
Smartphones give students the freedom to explore their interests. Students can download different applications that help develop skills and enhance academic performance – ultimately improving life and increasing chances of finding employment in the future.
Students can record and photograph instructor notes, collaborate via cloud-based applications, and research items of interest during lectures for further assistance. Many teachers now allow this method as it creates a backchannel of discussion that promotes student participation and engagement.
It is a source of motivation
Smartphones are useful tools for students because they provide entertainment and keep them connected with parents, while helping monitor where they are at all times. Furthermore, students can use smartphones to watch online lectures from schools or coaching classes that can save them both time and money by watching the lectures from home on mobile devices.
Smartphones also make it easier for students to gain access to and learn from the world’s largest library – the internet. Students can check information while on-the-go without waiting for classes or visiting libraries.
Students should keep in mind that smartphones may also serve as a source of distractions; resisting music videos, movies and social media apps may lead to decreased concentration and focus, negatively affecting learning. With patience and persistence however, smartphones can become powerful educational tools.