Towards Motivating the Effective classroom usage of Smart phones at both Qassim and Baha Universities, KSA (Published)
This study attempts to motivate academics and students at both Qassim and Baha universities towards the effective usage of smart phones while classes. In today’s digital world, using smart phones is common and fundamental phenomenon, predominantly among the teen agers and youths as well. Tertiary level students are no exception in this regard. They regularly use their smartphones while classes, and it is common to see students touching the smart screens every single minute. This situation is headache and challenging to some professors mainly when it comes to classroom management. However, implementing a positive and controlled usage of such devices is also possible. For instance, students can be encouraged to learn how to use them as dictionaries or thesauruses to look up words, phrases and some specific nouns. Smart phones usage while classes might be effective in modeling pronunciation of words with silent letters and irregular phonemes or syllables. Their usage might be applicable in some translation and computer science courses as well. Additionally, task completion particularly a written task and texting can take place while classes through the application of the smart phones before conducting a pair or even a group checking. Both qualitative and quantitative research methodology is adapted through which the researchers observe some classes at the two mentioned – universities. Furthermore, they conducted and distributed a questionnaire of (15) items to a representative sample of students randomly selected from the two universities. The researchers finally display the study results as well as the findings and the necessary recommendations to reach the following consequences:
- Effective smart phone usage enhances and facilitates students’ language learning and possibly improves their awareness of the four language skills.
- It motives students towards active learning regardless their majors.
- These devices can also assist professors to follow up attendance and absences of the students as well as enabling them to conduct virtual classes.
Most teachers and professors are fed up disallowing the use of smart phones in the English language classroom. Therefore, serious efforts should be made to disengage from this useless battle by engaging students in classroom tasks that integrate these powerful tools for a better digitalization of class content and an optimization of learning outcomes. Observed patterns of participant students’ answers and investigation of different classroom practices show that a big majority of students reportedly believe that the use of smart phones broadens learning opportunities, and allows learners to benefit more in the classroom when smart phones’ use is monitored to meet class content and objectives. The Chi-square test outcomes show that there are no factors that determine smart phone good learning practices. A well-trained teacher (with or without mobile technology) can always make a difference in the language classroom.
The aim of this study was to conduct an assessment of the knowledge of mobile digital devices in the learning of Chemistry in Nigeria tertiary institutions. To achieve this purpose, three research questions were generated, these are: what is the percentage of Chemistry students who have access to mobile digital devices in Nigeria tertiary institutions?; to what extent have mobile digital devices improve the teaching and learning of Chemistry in Nigeria tertiary institutions?; does the use of mobile digital devices motivate students to learn Chemistry in Nigeria tertiary institutions?. This study adopted descriptive survey design. Stratified random sampling method was used to select 300 students from Osun state tertiary institutions, data was collected using checklists. Data generated were analyzed using frequency counts, simple percentages and relative importance index. The findings of this study revealed that minority of students have access to the following digital mobile devices; smart phones, notebooks, internet, while majority of students don’t have access to the following digital devices: desktop computer, laptops, touch screen tablets, I pad, cameras, recorders and android devices. Based on the findings of this study, recommendations were made.