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Tablets and Trees: Equipping Forestry Students with Mobile Tools for Learning in and Out of Classroom | Des tablettes et des arbres: quiper les tudiants en foresterie d'outils mobiles pour apprendre en et hors de la salle de classe ARTICLE

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CJLT Volume 44, Number 1, ISSN 1499-6677 e-ISSN 1499-6677 Publisher: Canadian Network for Innovation in Education

Abstract

This paper presents the case of how a department of applied science went about implementing a tablet initiative in a two-year diploma program. Tablets were a required tool for entry into the program with a goal of reducing textbook purchase costs for students, mirroring industry standard practices in mobile device usage, and enabling collaborative and active learning in the classroom. Based on surveys, interviews, and classroom observations we found that the integration of tablets, when explicitly positioned as a teaching and learning tool supported new forms of peer-to-peer collaboration, encouraged the use of open educational resources, and shifted traditional classroom dynamics reformulating the division of labour between faculty and students. Using activity theory as a lens for the analysis, we examine how the introduction of this tool changes the system of activity and impacts the division of labour, community, and rules both within and beyond the classroom.Cet article prsente la faon dont un dpartement de sciences appliques a mis en \u0153uvre un projet d\u2019intgration de tablettes dans un programme de deux ans menant un diplme. Les tablettes taient requises pour entrer dans le programme, et ce, afin de rduire les cots d'achat de manuels scolaires, de reflter les pratiques courantes de l'industrie en ce qui concerne l'utilisation des appareils mobiles, et de faciliter un apprentissage collaboratif et actif en classe. En nous basant sur des sondages, des entrevues et des observations en classe, nous avons constat que l'intgration des tablettes, explicitement positionnes comme outils d'enseignement et d'apprentissage, favorisait de nouvelles formes de collaboration entre pairs, encourageait l'utilisation de ressources ducatives libres et modifiait la dynamique traditionnelle des salles de classe en redfinissant la division du travail entre professeurs et tudiants. En nous appuyant sur la thorie de l\u2019activit, nous examinons comment l'introduction de cet outil modifie le systme

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Paskevicius, M. & Knaack, L. (2018). Tablets and Trees: Equipping Forestry Students with Mobile Tools for Learning in and Out of Classroom | Des tablettes et des arbres: quiper les tudiants en foresterie d'outils mobiles pour apprendre en et hors de la salle de classe. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology / La revue canadienne de l’apprentissage et de la technologie, 44(1),. Canadian Network for Innovation in Education. Retrieved October 20, 2018 from .

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