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I am Robert Kalima from Malawi. Is there any document on this topic which I can in preparation for Wednesday’s discussions.
Hi Robert, welcome the documents you refer to can be found at (look on the extreme right-hand side):
Hi Robert and Alice. I am Khanyi Ngodwana from East London, South Africa. @Robert, your interest in reading the documents has got me interested in learning your story. I am sure you have your story to tell, which is what has brought you here. Do you care to share here?
Thanks so much Khanyisile for your reply. I believe that the younger generation have a positive perception towards the use of mobile technology in learning. I am basing this on the appetite for using mobile technology or devices by the youth in Africa. However on the part of teachers especially the older ones like myself looks at use of mobile technology/devices as anti-social and disruptive and would be less willing and ready to use such technology in teaching. There exists that gap in taste for the right media to be used.
This is my partial view on the topic. Hope will learn from friends as you have earlier indicated.
My names are Kolawole Akinjide Aramide, a Research Fellow with the Centre for Educational Media Resource Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. I hope to gain and learn a lot from this seminar.
Hello Khanyi, good to meet you here again after the UCT, Cape Town programme on ICTs in Education. Hope you are doing good?
Welcome to Robert, Khanyisile and Kolawole!
Robert I really like your statement that: ” on the part of teachers especially the older ones like myself looks at use of mobile technology/devices as anti-social and disruptive and would be less willing and ready to use such technology in teaching. There exists that gap in taste for the right media to be used.”
Do you think you and your colleagues are able to change your “taste for the right media to be used“? What will be needed for this to happen?
Welcome Robert. You can download the presentation slides from the landing page. More resources should be available soon. In the meantime, related articles are also been uploaded in the Forum.
I agree with you Robert. That is why we need to discuss the issue on this platform. Will it not be a defeat if we left the tools that our learners are more comfortable with, and forced them to use tools which we used in our days, which, as evidence clearly now shows, are more constraining? John Dewey’s now famous quote comes to mind: “If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.”
Welcome Kola. It will be exciting to hear the stor(ies) from Ibadan. I am aware that Prof. Ayotola Aremu (who presented on this platform earlier in the year) is using technology for teaching, including social media. I know that quite a few other colleagues at that great institution are doing so too. So, I eagerly look forward to interacting with you as we engage this very contentious topic in African education.
Hi Kola, Jerome, Robert and Tony. Kola remember how we started this journey as newbies who just wanted to learn how to integrate technology into our practices? Well, technology seems to have done much more – it’s enabled us to keep and extend our connections. I’m glad to see you here.
Jerome, I am learning a lot from you.
@Robert, it boils really boils down to perceptions and not facts. Allow me to nitpick here. Tow words that struck me are anti-social and disruptive. If these devices really bred youths that are antisocial, why are they so drawn to them. It seems to me there are questions that the older generation is not asking. For example, what are the young people doing with their devices? And since it seems like the youth is not willing to part with their devices, how should the older generation respond? So you have been disrupted, what do you do, how do you respond to the disruptions?
- This reply was modified 7 years, 6 months ago by Khanyisile.
It’s great to follow the conversation here! I am Jakob and I am the Project Manager for e/merge Africa, based at the University of Cape Town. I am looking forward to further during the week
@ Khanyisile. Thought provoking questions really. Is it an issue of old habits refusing to die in adults. Will it be possible for the adults to unlearn these old habits and learn the new known by the younger generation? I believe there is a need for a serious change of mindset among older generation. Let the older generation accept that they do not know and accept to learn from the younger generation.
My name is Amita Krautloher and I lecture at a university in Australia. My interest is to see how we can move away from the traditional modes of learning, especially for theoretical subjects, into more practical learning using various modes such as mobile based learning.
My other question is whether there will be need for any face-to-face teaching in the mobile learning world? What kind of f2f support model, if any, would emerge as a result of this?
Looking forward to hearing everyone’s views on this.
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