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Collaborative Writing through iPad Sharing

, , , Oslo and Akerhus University College, Norway

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada ISBN 978-1-939797-31-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA


In this paper we present findings from a the collaborative use of tablets (iPads) in a third grade primary classroom in Norway where pupils worked on creating fairy tales Pupils had been using iPads since their first grade The pupils worked in groups of five, sharing an iPad We observed and recorded the whole trajectory of the story development, which lasted a week, using video as well as field notes In this paper we raise the issue of what role the tablet has in collaborative writing activities We analyse our data from a Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) perspective Our findings indicate that the iPad was used as a relay baton in writing activities, and the mobility of the device contributed to the development of the story However, it is the designing of the classroom activity by the teacher that is key to the role that the iPad plays in collaborative writing activities


Engen, B.K., Giæver, T.H. & Mifsud, L. (2017). Collaborative Writing through iPad Sharing. In J. Dron & S. Mishra (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 1691-1705). Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved February 15, 2019 from .

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