Educational technologies are essential in improving adult learner’s understanding in their learning environment. The electronic gadgets have enabled the revolution of the educational systems throughout the world. Mobile phones, and laptop computers are the recent important technologies that have been incorporate in the learning environment. Since their integration into the education systems; adult learners have enjoyed the benefits of portability, ease of use, and fast and efficient research among many advantages offered by these technologies.
This blog details how mobile phones, and the laptop technologies can be incorporated into the adult learning environment, and how these technologies can boost the adult learners’ education. The growth in the use of mobile phones worldwide has fostered learning using mobile phones. Mobile phone technology enables the learners, and consumers to gain valuable knowledge. Technologies are used as a tool to support instructional learning activities, diversify the learning locations, and lighten the learner’s role in classroom. Although computers, interactive whiteboards, and devices for projection have shown to be of great benefit in the instruction education tasks; their mobility, cost and usability are problematic. Mobile phones possess the qualities of small size, portability prevalence, ease of use and advanced features such as internet access, voice, display, and interactivity.
These qualities have enabled a sparked of interest in the integration of these technologies into the instructional education environment (Balasubramanianet al, 2010). The use of mobile technologies in the instructional education has two advantages; the technologies effectively bring the community instructional activities, and resources from outside into the classroom. Because of their portability, and connectivity nature, they provide the learners with the resources, and the new types of the instructional education activities out of classroom (Smith, 2011).
The mobile phones can be incorporated into the learning environment by the teachers. For instance, in the chemistry classes at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory of San Francisco, once the students step in class, their teacher sends out a text blast about what they ought to do in the lesson. The students can hear their teacher on their smart phones. The teacher can also record his or her voice, and post it on the class website where the students can download, and be guided through the lesson. (Balasubramanianet al, 2010). Because of the mobile phones many features, is why I choose it.
Laptop computers are similarly becoming prevalent in higher education. They too provide several significant benefits in their utilization. They enable the learners to acquire computer skills which are becoming necessary in education (Bonk, 2009). The laptops, provide a quick research about their subjects of study, which is why I chose laptops. Laptops can also help the students to organize their school work, and remember it easily. (Koszalka&Ntloedibe, 2010). The e-learning technology has been enhanced by laptops; the technology has enabled distant learning among learners who are either too busy to attend the classes. or too far from the schools they learn from (Smith, 2011).
In conclusion, I would incorporate laptops into my future adult education learning course, by using the e-learning technology. I would use my laptop for videoing certain class assignments, and video conferencing where necessary (Bonk, 2009). Educational technologies to adult learners because they provide the learners with relevant advantages of enjoying the learning process, oppose to the old way of learning, before technologies existed. The mobile technologies and laptop computers can enhance teacher, and students understanding of the concepts under study easier than expected.
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