Assessing the Use of Smartphone in the University General Physics Laboratory
Wei-Zhao Shi 1  
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Jiajun Sun 1
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ChongXu Huan 1
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University of Science and Technology Liaoning, CHINA
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Wei-Zhao Shi   

School of Science, University of Science and Technology Liaoning, 185 qianshan road, vcshih@aliyun.com Anshan Liaoning, China
Publish date: 2016-07-01
 
EURASIA J. Math., Sci Tech. Ed 2016;12(1):125–132
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Background:
Smartphone in Education and Technology Enhanced Learning has become popular in recent years. Smartphone put powerful, user-owned computing devices into the pockets of students and academic staff. It incorporate computing power and memory capable of running complex software and storing huge amounts of data. whilst ways of making use of smartphones in higher education have been explored since they first became available, building upon interest and innovation in the use of mobile technologies for learning.

Materials and methods:
The researcher surveyed students’ view on the effect of using smartphone to enhance learning in the general physics laboratory. The use of smartphone was evaluated by having 120 students who enrolled general physics laboratory fill out subjective opinion survey forms.

Results:
This study showed that the use of smartphone to assist learning in the general physics laboratory was viable. Smartphone was a very useful tool to provide background on the lab safety information, administrative requirements, general knowledge of physics lab equipment and background on the basic concepts; however it was not a better tool to show how to write a lab report.

Conclusions:
The research shows that smartphone assisted, student centered learning can supplement the traditional methods such as lectures or class presentations.

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