Future of M-Learning in Greece
by Evangelidou Foteini
Mobile learning! A totally new field to me, which I had the chance to meet and learn about through my master’s course MDDE623 Introduction to Mobile Learning and my instructor, Agnieszka Palalas.
Mobile learning evolves rapidly, as mobile devices become very famous and are easily acquired by most of the people. More and more learners use their mobile devices to access to resources, search for information, communicate with their classmates and instructors, and use mobile applications for several educational reasons.
What I would like to focus and reflect on is the future of mobile learning and my personal ideas and predictions about it. I would like to locate my views on Greek future situations related to mobile learning and whether this new learning method would be adapted to Greek educational system. I divide my reflections into two categories: 1. What do I want for the future of m-learning in Greece? , and 2. What do I predict about the adoption of m-learning by the formal Greek educational system in the future?
My m-learning WISH in Greece conditions:
· The Greek Ministry of Education would allow the integration of mobile devices in Greek schools.
· The Greek curriculum would be enriched with m-learning activities.
· Greek teachers would get informed about the affordances of m-learning and how they can implement it in their teaching processes.
· Greek students would understand the power of mobile devices as educational tools and stop facing them only as entertaining tools.
· Greek education would “open the gates” for blended learning, leveraging the mobile devices.
· More educational mobile applications in Greek language would be developed.
· Greek teachers would develop a positive attitude towards the integration of mobile devices in learning.
My m-learning predictions based on current Greek conditions:
· Financial problems would delay the restructuring of educational system, but, as other technologies have already been adopted in Greek education, m-learning would finally rise in Greek schools.
· Greek teachers would be initially tentative or even unwilling, because the majority of teachers in Greece prefer more traditional methods, especially in primary education. However, as computers have introduced to them and persuade them, mobile devices would finally prove their affordances and be faced in a more positive way.
· Many conferences and seminars, related to m-learning, would inform education stakeholders about the perspectives and educational practices of m-learning.
· Universities would introduce the field of m-learning in new teachers.
· Distraction and safety issues would hamper the integration of m-learning, but finally solutions regarding to these perceptions would lay the ground for the adoption of m-learning.
· Greek students would be excited with using their mobile devices for their learning.
· Mobile learning would finally gain ground and hold its position in Greek education!
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