Facilitator, Functionary, Friend or Foe? Studying the Role of IPads within Learning Activities Across a School Year

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

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Abstract / Description of output

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 teaching 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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
PublisherACM Association for Computing Machinery
Pages1833–1845
ISBN (Electronic)9781450333627
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2016
Event34th CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - San Jose, United States
Duration: 7 May 201612 May 2016
Conference number: 34
https://chi2016.acm.org/wp/

Conference

Conference34th CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Abbreviated titleCHI'16
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose
Period7/05/1612/05/16
Internet address

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • education
  • classrooms
  • young children
  • evaluation
  • tablets

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