University of Bahrain
College of Information Technology
ENGL 219 – Technical Report Writing
The impact of using applications and electronic devices on student learning.
Name: MuntahaAlkhalidy– Aisha Mohammed Alyassi
ID: 20151657– 20156616
Submitted on: 10th May , 2018
Submitted to: Dr.Yulia Vorobeva.
Headings Page number
Introduction .………………………………………………… 3
1. Use electronic devices to learn. .………………………..4
1.2. Definition of electronic devices……………………….4
1.3. Positive effects of electronic devices. ..………….…… 4,5
1.4. Negative effect of electronic devices….……………
2. Use applications to learn…………….………………………. 7
2.1. Types of applications for students…………………..7,8,9
2.2. Positive effects of applications in learning…………
2.3. Negative effects of applications in learning…..…….
3. Reason Today’s Students needing Technology in the Classroom.
Conclusion ……………………………………………………… References ……………………………………….……….….….
Technology is such a big part of the world as we know it today, and the tools used these days to develop our way of living have become an integral part of our everyday lives. Electronics are used to improve the ability of a person in completing a task and can be used in many fields, such as the educational sector. The purpose of this report is to define the impact of using Electronic devices and applications on student learning , and the objectives of this report is to define the definition of using electronic devices and applications on education and why students need technology especially in the classroom . The structure of the report is as follows. The first section is defines the definition of using electronic devices on learning , positive and negative impact of Electronic devices, the second part focus on the definition of using Applications, positive and negative impact of Applications on student learning either in classroom or outdoor learning .The last section presents the reasons that students need technology in the classroom. Everything in life has both positive and negative sides, therefore it is impossible to cancel the whole thing just because of its negative side.
1. Use electronic devices to learn.
1.2. Definition of electronic devices.
Using electronic devices in education has become relevant, Laptops and mobile phones is an example of electronic devices that are used as a learning tool for students either in a classroom or externally when typing notes and helping students to learn easily and faster, that will increase their level of creativity. Both teachers and students use devices to complete their specific work. For teachers, to create graphics illustrations which help students to learn faster , yet students is to typing their notes and reading about the topic that explained in the classroom ,but it could have either a positive effect on their learning or negative effect if it not used for learning purposes .
1.3. Positive effects of electronic devices
1.3.1. Academic improvements
Despite the effects that technology has on academic achievements being under debate, some writers agrees that technology can help improve anything from reading and comprehension skills to content-area learning.
With technology being integrated, all materials can now be accessed anywhere at any time. This provides users with online storage that can be accessed easily. One of the tools resulting from the integration of technology mentioned by Kurzweil Blog Team 1 is being able to access books and articles via tablets, e-readers and other portable devices.
Technology allows learning students, throughout their educational life, to prepare for the future, and for this reason, it is important to incorporate technology in the classroom. Given technology is rapidly evolving, any changes should parallel with teachers’ lesson plans and learning techniques. “By learning to use technology in the classroom at a young age, children are developing the skills and knowledge that is essential in today’s world,” Kurzweil Blog Team 1:1.
1.3.4. Skills and technicality
The use of electronics in class on a regular basis helps the student gain technical skills and confidence around computers which can be used in their daily lives as noted by the writer Carrie Perles , that students with skilled, technical know-how can go on to use this knowledge outside of class as well.
1.3.5. Role of the lecturer
In a technology based classroom, a teacher will be able to play the role of facilitator rather than dispense information, which gives them the opportunity to engage the students to learn actively.
1.3.6. Additional resources
According to Kurzweil Blog Team 1, integrating technology gives the students additional resources such as educational applications, videos and a nearly endless supply of information which promotes 24/7 learning.
1.4 . Negative effect of electronic devices
1.4.1. Student distraction
Technology offers students immediate access to information easily, but it also offers a distraction for students. B. Fisher shows that 75% of the students spent their time on activities that is out of lecture, such as text messaging, social networking and games on devices.
1.4.2. Limited learning
Technology offers various applications that students can use to improve their work however, as T. Smithee mentions “they might spend more time and effort on the presentation than researching the subject, and complete the project knowing very little about the subject”.
According to T. Smithee 2, providing laptops for all students is a significant cost for any school, also there are other costs such as maintaining networks, the computers and continuously upgrading the hardware and software.
2. Use applications to learn.
2.1. Types of applications for students.
L.Tucker2 considered that there are many types of applications (apps) which are useful in the classroom environment and these can make a student’s life much easier. For example, applications for translating, recording, videos and pictures, as well as applications for planning and scheduling and many more.
2.1.1. Lecture Capturing Applications
Lecture capture apps are one of most helpful applications available in today’s university environment. They let a student to record and then play back lectures at a later time, thus allowing the student to spend more time listening while in the lecture hall rather than writing copious pages of notes. In addition, the development of new multifaceted technologies continues to make learning easier as the student can record on a single device therefore eliminating the need to spend extra money on expensive ‘recording only’ gadgets.
One of these applications is Sound Note. It is a notepad and audio recorder in one which means it permits a student to record in a visible and audio form. The other application is called Office Lena. This application is vitally important for a student these days as it allows a student to take a picture of information on a whiteboard and then converts it to a PDF file or a Microsoft office program. Also this data can be saved and shared on One Drive. In addition, there are many different programs with same function like Lecture Capture, Notes Plus and The Voice Recorder.
2.1.2. Revision Applications
The revision application is an important application for student. The student can create a selection of card sets for revision or they can use it to test themselves using Study Blue. But, if you want to connect and interact with friends or other students then you can use GoConqr. This application also creates notes, exams and revision plans or intellect plans.
2.1.3. Exam Preparation Applications
Nowadays a lot of examinations are conducted directly online. Because of this, there are many applications which allow a student to prepare for an exam. Students can find and share examples of old tests, quizzes and questions with each other globally. One of these applications is called BenchPrep.
2.1.4. Planner Applications
Timetable, My Class Schedule or Class Timetable are examples of a planning applications. Students can now organize time to study using a scheduled format. These applications help students to organize their timetable and make a plan to allocate sufficient exam preparation time. It can also act as a reminder of the exam timetable.
2.1.5. Translator Applications
One of the most important issues for a student is to understand every word when they study. A translating application is extremely helpful ensuring a word or sentence is understood, no matter what language is used. The most recognised application used nowadays for translating is ‘Google Translate’. There are many translation books available such as the Oxford English Dictionary. These days due to the development of technology, publishers such as Oxford University Press also provide an online version of a hard copy book using a translation application.
2.1.6. Wake-up Applications
It may be worthy of note to consider the use of ‘Wake Up’ applications for students. Sleeping time can be a problem for students when they have to study for end of term exams or complete an assignment on time. Students mostly wakeup early in order to arrive on time to class. The use of ‘Wake Up’ applications helps to keep a student organized, on time and committed to their specific study plan. A clock or alarm is an example of a ‘Wake Up’ application.
2.2. Positive effects of applications in learning.
2.3. Negative effects of applications in learning.
3. Reasons Today’s Students needing Technology in the Classroom.
3.1. Preparing for the future
By using technological tools such as an electronic whiteboard and web pages, and also utilizing the skill that’s learnt in class, will prepare the student for working and facing the world5.
3.2. Accessing information more easily
Students can find information very quickly and easily by using devices and also by watching educational videos; the students can get immediate help anytime and anywhere without needing the teachers .
3.3. Improves communication between teachers and students
Technology now provides instant communication between teachers and students even out of lecture, and also with classmates for sharing notes, or all important points that taken in the lecture5.
Technology helps students to be responsible through searching about what they need or what the teachers need, and that will help the students to improve their skills.