Handheld Wireless Technologies in School: Advantageous or Disadvantageous?

According to ICT facts & Figures, there are 6.8 billion cellular subscriptions to date, almost 40% of the world’s population are online,  41% households globally are connected to the internet and mobile-broadband subscriptions have climbed from 268 million in 2007 to 2.1 billion in 2013.  Meaning? Cellular devises, the net, computing devises and so on are very much part of our lives. Our mobile phones are like best friends. We wake up with it (alarm… who’s using clocks and watches?), plan with it, work with it, communicate with it, spend coffee breaks with it, play with it, sleep with it and a lot more. So, why not study with it?


Aside from the fact that it’s a green technology, these devices are handy and motivational. It is a very good tool and resource that can come in handy to facilitate learning. It does have disadvantages like making human interaction lesser, it has a lot of bad stuff that our children might get exposed to and it can cause distractions.

I must say that a good system in schools which will be supported at home in terms of using these mobile devises will help curb the potential of the many disadvantages. Handheld devices are very useful. All we need is a good system that will dictate proper use and behaviour in using these technologies.


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