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Facilitator, functionary, friend or foe? Studying the role of iPads within learning activities across a school year

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Anne-Marie Mann, Uta Hinrichs, Janet C. Read, Aaron John Quigley

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Abstract

We present the findings from a longitudinal study of iPad use in a Primary school classroom. While tablet devices have found their way into classroom environments, we still lack in-depth and long-term studies of how they integrate into everyday classroom activities. Our findings illustrate in-classroom tablet use and the broad range of learning activities in subjects such as maths, languages, social sciences, and even physical education. Our observations expand current models on teach- ing and learning supported by tablet technology. Our findings are child-centred, focusing on three different roles that tablets can play as part of learning activities: Friend, Functionary, and Facilitator. This new perspective on in-classroom tablet use can facilitate critical discussions around the integration and impact of these devices in the educational context, from a design and educational point of view.
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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherACM
Pages1833-1845
ISBN (Print)9781450333627
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2016
Event2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'16) - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: 7 May 201612 May 2016
http://chi2016.acm.org/wp/

Conference

Conference2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'16)
Abbreviated titleCHI'16
CountryUnited States
CitySan Jose, CA
Period7/05/1612/05/16
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    Research areas

  • Young children, Tablets, Classrooms, Evaluation, Education

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