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ERIC Number: EJ1140346
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0973-2217
The Challenges of Integrating Mobile Technology in the Classroom Examining an iPad Professional Development Project
Barbour, Michael K.; Grzebyk, Tamme Quinn; Grant, Michael M.; Siko, Jason
Journal on School Educational Technology, v12 n3 p22-33 Dec 2016-Feb 2017
The iPad is a tool that could change the way in which teachers prepare and deliver instruction in the K-12 environment. But, while proponents tout its capabilities, school administrators run the risk of purchasing yet another tool without understanding its potential impacts on the teacher, students, and classroom environment. This study used iPads to implement a four-month professional development program aimed at helping teachers integrate technology into their classrooms. The iPads were deployed to classroom teachers in the science department at a suburban high school. Professional development was tailored to the teachers' interests, and was followed by individual interviews by the project leader. Results of the study showed that while teachers are open to new technologies, their focus is more on teaching considerations than on professional development. The study also indicated that teachers have difficulty considering incorporating a single device into a classroom of multiple students. It is recommended that this study be replicated, without the technical problems, on a larger scale and in subject areas beyond the sciences.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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