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Smartphones for smart learning in TIVET abstract

Smart phones for smart learning in TVET

A case of Nkabune technical Training Institute

Nahashon Kiarie, Nkabune Technical Training Institute, Dept of ICT, Meru. Kenya

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In today’s world, people are on the move and are demanding access to learning materials and information anytime and anywhere. Today’s learners want to have the opportunity to review course materials or correspond with instructors or colleagues while sitting in a restaurant or waiting for a bus; they are not made immobile by the restrictions of desktop computer technology. Due to their affordability and flexibility smart phones are touching peoples’ lives in many ways: communication, entertainment, socializing, health, etc. But education is struggling to make sense of this change. The objective of this paper is to obtain a deeper insight in the nature of student’s use of smart phones, to examine the potential applications of smart phones for teaching and learning. Finally it discusses the prospects and challenges in the adoption of this innovation in Kenya technical vocational education and training. A descriptive research was done. Questionnaires and interviews were administered to students and lecturers in Nkabune Technical Training Institute in Meru, Kenya. The result showed that most students (69%) own smart phones and they use smart phones mainly for social media and communication. It was found that smart phones contain very powerful educational applications that if used well can improve education. This presents an opportunity for educators to design educational methods, activities and materials that are suitable for Smartphone’s and allow students to use this technology thereby accommodating student’s current diverse needs.

Keywords: TVET, Smart Phones, M-learning, smart learning,


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