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Mobile Applications for Education

Asmaa Awad Ebrahim 1 and Ayman E. Tawfik 2
1. College of Arts, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE
2. Electrical Engineering, Ajman University, Ajman, UAE

Abstract—Defined as light portable computers, mobile phones have been generally banned in universities due to the fact that they are undeniably disruptive. Currently, with the considerable increase in the number of mobile phone holders, an ongoing lifting of this prohibition has been considered by both stakeholders and educators. Because of their efficiency, lightness and practicality, these small handy devices provide learners with anywhere learning opportunities. However, many teachers and learners are unaware of the power of the educational applications and resources in their hands and this is the purpose of this paper. This paper’s aim is to provide the university instructors with some applications and resources for carrying out various learning techniques and activities through mobile phones and to help students build their computer skills. Besides, this paper underscores how this technology improves instructors’ teaching without being observed as frighteningly up-to-date or substituting what instructors already know. Safe ways to utilize smartphone applications without affecting the classroom management system shall be also introduced as these applications may cause discipline problems in the classroom if not applied appropriately. The benefits and barriers associated with the integration of smart phones in education shall be also discussed. 
Index Terms—mobile phone, mobile Learning, teaching practice, digital native, technology, classroom management

Cite: Asmaa Awad Ebrahim and Ayman E. Tawfik, "Mobile Applications for Education," International Journal of Learning and Teaching, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp. 251-254, September 2018. doi: 10.18178/ijlt.4.3.251-254