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Paper Details: Perceptions Of Students And Teachers On The Mobile Phone Usage In The Classroom

Volume 3 - Issue 11, November 2019 Edition
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Author(s)
Severa B. Pagcaliwagan, Randy M. Baja
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Abstract
At present time, mobile phone is widely used as medium of communication. People around the globe from all walks of life started using mobile not just for calling but more importantly for texting, getting information, using as thesaurus dictionary, conducting business, among others. For students, it is mostly being used to look for the correct spelling, pronunciation, grammar, among others. Many people possess more than one mobile phone for business purposes or personal purpose. Mobile phones can be useful in the educational process. Sometimes students look for some information from the internet, or harness it for an instant information. It is like a part of our life. Today, the impact of mobile phones on the lives of students and teachers could not be ignored. Though it is useful in many ways, it has also harmful effects as well. Teachers and students use mobile phones on their daily activities, likewise in the classroom. Most often than not, they use it as a form of instructional material in teaching and learning process. Both derive advantages and disadvantages benefits from it. No one cannot live without it because it is anybody’s contact, navigator, time teller, entertainment, and life itself. There are two sides of the coin: constructive and destructive. For constructive, mobile phones consume most of our time, whether in calling, texting, studying, playing games or social networking. Some of the results improve the performance of students in the classroom.Another advantage of mobile phones is that it has made internet more accessible and affordable than ever before, thus, giving people a voice on the internet. Mobile phones easily promote collaborative and different types of learning through their wireless connection to the internet. On the destructive side, mobile phones when used by students in the classroom can create noise, distract other students’ listening powers to the lecture. Modesty aside, these can make students cheat, weaken the students’ mental capabilities, and increase the students’ dependence on them. However, they perceive something in common and differ in some concerns in using mobile in classroom. It uses the mean, weighted mean, to compute the average of the responses on the perceptions of teachers and students. While Independent T-Test is used to determine the results or the average of all indicators or items of the teachers and students. The perception of students and teachers towards mobile usage in the classroom showed that both mean scores fall in the category of Agree. That is, they are totally amenable on the items given.However, the perception of teachers towards mobile phone usage in the classroom showed that both have Uncertain verbal interpretation. Comparing the mean scores between the two universities, it revealed that there is no significant difference between the two groups. Although, the result revealed a failure mark, there were items which both groups accepted and agreed.
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