Cell Phones in the Classroom: Preservice Teacher’s Perceptions
Kevin Thomas, Bellarmine University, United States ; Natalie Bolton, University of Missouri, St. Louis, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-02-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
This study examined 92 preservice teachers’ (graduate and undergraduate) attitudes concerning the classroom integration of cell phones. It also examined their perceptions of the instructional benefits and barriers of cell phones. Findings indicated that although the majority of the teachers were unsure about allowing cell phones into the classroom, they did believe certain cell phone features provided instructional benefits. These included accessing the Internet, calculator and audio player. Participants also identified increased engagement and anywhere instructional opportunities as benefits provide by cell phones. Their biggest concerns about cell phones in the classroom included classroom disruptions and cheating.
Thomas, K. & Bolton, N. (2013). Cell Phones in the Classroom: Preservice Teacher’s Perceptions. In R. McBride & M. Searson (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2013--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2457-2465). New Orleans, Louisiana, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).