Dr. P. SRINIVASAN Dr. ALAVANDAR
Asst. Professor, Sr. Lecturer
Dept. of Education DIET
Tamil University, 613 010 Vadalar, Cuddalore Dt.
Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu Tamil Nadu
Mobile phones (M-phone) have become one of the organs of human beings. There may be one situation where the world becomes stand still without M-phone. It occupies less space than many electronic gadgets; hence it is easy to carry if from one place to another. The cost of communication is cheap when compared to any other mode.
The facilities in M-phone are SMS, MMS, Recording of Audio, Audio and Video Capture, Storage Facility, Gaming, Audio Conference, Video Conference, FM, Internet, GPS, and M-print. All these facilities form the basis for Education through M-Phone.
Using M-phone wide variety of learning techniques can be adopted. They are Learning through Text Messages, Learning through Animated Messages, Learning by Listening, Learning by Discovery / Play way method, Learning by Discussion, Learning through Contrived Experience, Learning of Maps, Learning of Health, Learning through Hard Copy, Learning by Self and Evaluation etc.
Central Institute of Educational Technology (CIET) of National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and IGNOU has proposed to use mobile mode learning in a bigger way. The authors of this paper have personal experience in using Education through M-Phone and this has been described in this paper.
There are 2.2 billion M-phones in the developing world, but only there are 305 million computers. Considering this fact, far more people have mobile phones when compare to any other communicate devices, hence Education through M-Phone will reach to more number of peoples. Education through M-Phone takes place through Non-formal setting, hence learner can learn at their convenient time.
Education through M-Phone is an ideal, versatile and cost effective tool for mass education. Hence AICTE, UGC, IGNOU, universities, government and private organizations can use Education through M-Phone to reach to their members / public easily, cheaply and conveniently.