Trying to implement technology in the education system is a challenge for teachers and students. However, we, as future educators, have to aware that technology is everywhere at anytime. For this reason I would have to come up with a new reflection about the use of mobile devices in the classroom. In the article, “Mobile Devices in the Classroom: Phones, netbooks and iPods are finding a place in the curriculum and expanding student access to technology” by Ron Schachter, he makes really good points about what would be the effect of usign mobile devices and how we should try to handle the use of them in the classroom. Even though, some schools have been trying to implement mobiles in the classroom, they still have some cons and pros.
In the schools that mobile devices have been tried, they said that mobile devices can be used for any subject but especially to those ones that require visual and touch experience. In the article, the authors mentions that “Last April, Verizon donated 30 Samsung smartphones with which students could type papers in Microsoft Word, use Excel spreadsheets for math problems, and use GoKnow software for animation. One student, for example, created a mini-movie using slides to show a math problem and included the steps in solving the problem.” Mobile devices captures something really important in education which is attention. As it is common, technology develops curiosity on students but even more children feel engaged in the activities that they have to do using technological devices. Therefore, they tried to succeed while they are entertaining themselves but at the same time they are learning. Moreover, mobiles devices have a good characteristic which is they are portatil and easy to handle. In the article, the author mentions that a mobile device is cheaper than a laptop. In consequence if the mobile device is equipped correctly, it could substitute the use of laptops in the classroom.
It is algo important to point out that in order to use mobile devices, their features should be carefully analyzed because it would not be helpful if they have access to useless features on the phone or in the internet. For example, in the article they mention the concern about eliminating the capacity of sending messages or calling because these features disturb the children rather than helping them in the process of learning.
In conclusion, I think that mobile devices could be a tool for education but first it should be analyzed step by step before putting it in the classroom. And it is important to make the point that mobile devices can be a complementary tool. I mean they cannot substitute completely certain traditional activities but they can help to improve others.