The articledemonstrate how students and educators can both benefit from
using hand held devices in today's various learning environments.Use of handheld devices for teaching students from kindergarten
to universities is gaining popularity worldwide especially because students
learn faster this way as compared to the traditional methods.
learning takes away the walls of the classroom."
Students can gain the traditional
knowledge of the world around them through an engaging process, rather than by
simply listening to a teacher.
does learning need to take place within the confines of the four walls of a
classroom, or even between the hours of 9am and 3pm, students can learn at any
time, and in any situation, and mobile learning is a key way of unlocking this
potential. the iPad and iPod allow not
only allow students to take learning with them, but it also allows students to
take control of their own learning, and gain and develop key employability
skills vital the future development of each student.For example, a simple
project using wi-fi connected iPods could be to use the Google Mobile
application, that allows for traditional Google searches to be made from
photographs.So small groups of children, aged between 7 and 9, could be asked
to investigate the world around them. Each group of three or four learners
would be assigned an area, such as insects, wild flowers or trees, and would be
asked to investigate their area in groups and report back to the full cohort of
students at the end of the session, "So one group, perhaps
investigating insects, would have to work out and decide amongst themselves
various key things, such as what they are looking for, where to find it, how
best to work as a team and who does what, and how long they have to do this.
They then have to take an image of one of the insects that they have found
using the iPod and the Google Mobile application, and understand and interpret
the information, before reforming the information and presenting back to their
3.'Whole reference library in your hand'
devices are like carrying a whole reference library in your hand.From creating podcasts to using a variety of applications for
learning languages, improving mathematics skills or publishing online, handheld
learning gives the opportunity for students to personalise learning.