DepEd Balanga City

PROS AND CONS OF MOBILE LEARNING

By : Arnyl Joy P. Reyes-Administrative Officer IV-SDO City of Balanga

Mobile technologies transform our daily lives through connectivity, communication, and cooperation. Mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, and computers aim to change the way of learning and teaching methods. However, it is said that mobile learning cannot replace formal education but offers an approach to support learning outside the classroom and brings advantages for different interactions.

There are different definitions of mobile learning:

Mobile learning is e-learning that is execute using mobile phones. Mobile learning define as varies over time and is affected by emerging technologies.

Mobile learning is instant and optionally accessible, anywhere, and anytime learning, which helps us create our knowledge, satisfy our curiosity, collaborate with others, and enrich our experiences.

People in virtual environments and those in the real world can connect via mobile learning.

The interaction opportunities of mobile learning provide sustainability of education outside the classroom. In this way, mobile devices affect the socio-cultural and cognitive aspects of learning.

On the other hand, the quick development of mobile technologies also brings some disadvantages to researchers and learners. Learners tend to devote themselves to getting used to the characteristics of the new device. These are just a few setbacks of mobile learning, but then again, the fact that it makes teaching and learning accessible to all and can be utilized anytime and anywhere makes it more powerful when it comes to learning.

 The new normal in education opens more and more possible ways to reach learners in different aspects that can help them gain knowledge and understanding despite the burden of this pandemic.

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