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New Ways to Teach and Learn in China and Finland

Crossing Boundaries with Technology

Edited By Hannele Niemi and Jiyou Jia

This publication will introduce how two different countries promote high quality learning with technology in very different educational systems. The book opens inspiring scenarios how new technological tools and services can be used for promoting students’ learning in schools and higher education, enhancing collaboration in educational communities and supporting teachers’ professional development. The publication focuses on three major themes: Students as knowledge and art creators in playful learning systems, personalized learning supported by mobiles and intelligent tutoring systems with games and new web-based tools identifying learning difficulties, and technology in digitalized learning environments. The book is based on systematic research work in universities.

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Using Smart Phones to improve the Classroom Instruction of University Students (Jiyou Jia)


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Jiyou Jia

Peking University

Using Smart Phones to Improve the Classroom Instruction of University Students

Abstract We designed a personalized and web-based vocabulary drill system targeted at the required new words and phrases from the university student’s English textbook. We asked students to volunteer in the drill programs using their own smartphones via wireless network in the classroom for 10 to 20 minutes in their English class each week. In one semester, the quasi-experiment resulted in a significant improvement of the treatment class in vocabulary tests and also in a decrease from a statistically significant level to a not significant level of performance distances between the treatment class and the control class in the regular exams. The present research demonstrates that the students’ smartphones can be easily used in the university classroom to effectively facilitate teaching and learning in university classes. According to the learning theory of behaviourism, the instant feedback feature of smartphones motivates the students to participate in learning activities and contributes to performance improvement.

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