Hands on the iPAD, Heads in the Cloud; teaching and learning with iPADs in a Belfast Primary School
Linda Clarke, Lesley Abbott, University of Ulster, United Kingdom
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 paper is a report on the findings of a study of an iPADs project in a school in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Teachers, Classroom Assistants and pupils were surveyed using a mixed methods approach: focus groups (based on “circle-time”, for the youngest pupils, aged 4-5yrs) interviews (for the teachers and classroom assistants) and self-completion questionnaires (for the older pupils, aged 10-11yrs). The study sought staff views on organisational issues as well as pedagogical ones. Pupils described how the technology impacted on their learning – assisting with both literacy and numeracy as well as building IT skills. Recommendations for the project include planning for differentiation and progression, peer tutoring, showcasing best practice and seeking to encourage Apple to make iPads more usable for primary age pupils – the most obvious example is the provision of a lower case keyboard for use with younger pupils.....perhaps it is Apple who have their heads in the cloud!
Clarke, L. & Abbott, L. (2013). Hands on the iPAD, Heads in the Cloud; teaching and learning with iPADs in a Belfast Primary School. In R. McBride & M. Searson (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2013--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3672-3680). New Orleans, Louisiana, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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