Mobile learning is a new way of learning that generally appeals to the younger generations of our society. It is a quick easy and practical way of getting things done whilst you are on the go. With this in mind mobile learning also has some down faults these include, costs and access. Purchasing these mobile technologies is not something that everyone is capable of doing, not only are they expensive to buy they are also generally expensive to run.
But are mobile learning technologies really beneficial for our younger generations to enhance learning? According to the time magazine (2012) they revealed a study that showed students that used mobile technology in the classroom scored better in literacy tests than those that did not. Though is this a real test of how effective mobile technology really is. If we look at john Hattie’s research he found that the importance of the teacher and the effectiveness of their pedagogy does not change based on the mobile learning devises. This further emphasises the point that the no learning device should ever become more important than the teacher themselves, because if we didn’t have a teacher that knew the appropriate way of integrating these technologies into the classroom environment than those tools would not be as effective.
The article by Graham Attwell was an effective resource in describing the way in which education is transforming in modern day society. the article uses a reference to the motor car and how it developed from what it used to be called “the horse-less carriage” to what it is today. education has developed in the same way. for some people this reference would instill instant understanding though for others it would be quite confusing. this resource although overall i do believe it is effective, when pulling it apart i fell as though it is not a resource that all people could relate to or draw an understanding from.
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* Attwell, Graham (2007). The Personal Learning Environments- the future of eLearning. eLearning Papers, vol. 2 no. 1. ISSN 1887-1542. Retrieved March 20, 2013 from: http://www.elearningeuropa.info/files/media/media11561.pdf
* The eLearning Revolution. (2012). Youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlJshzOv2cw. Accessed on the 21st of March, 2013
* UNITAR. (2013). http://www.unitar.org/ksi/e-learning-course-social-media-tools-0. Accessed on the 21st of March, 2013
* Isard. J. (2012). Why mobile technology makes sense in the 21st century classroom. The Professional Educator, 2012