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ERIC Number: EJ829739
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0746-3537
Scaffolding Equals Success in Teaching Tablet PCs
Dickerson, Jeremy; Williams, Scott; Browning, J. B.
Technology Teacher, v68 n5 p16-20 Feb 2009
After many years of using the mouse and keyboard as the primary means of computer input, people are seeing a strong surge into a new generation of input technologies such as tablet PCs. As more professionals adopt tablet PCs for use in the workplace, there is a subsequent increased demand for tablet PC instruction in the classroom. Examples of curriculum integration efforts are wide in scope. Tablet PCs and other pen-based technologies are showing a rapid increase in campus use, especially in engineering, technology, and computer science courses. Not only are tablet PCs being integrated and studied in many technology, computer science, and engineering programs, their use can be aligned with several of the Grade 9-12 benchmarks of "Standards for Technological Literacy: Content for the Study of Technology" (STL) (ITEA, 2000/2002/2007). Although today's students are often considered to be savvy, advanced technology users, tablet PCs are new concepts to many of them because of their lack of ownership and prior experiences. Attempting to add relevancy, modernize, and invigorate an introductory technology course, tablet PCs were integrated into the curriculum. This article discusses how to effectively integrate tablet PCs into the curriculum by using an instructional theory known as "scaffolding". Scaffolding is the process through which learning efforts are supported while students are engaged in a learning environment. This article lists and describes six steps used in teaching tablet PCs to beginning users. These include (1) discussion; (2) demonstration; (3) directed engagement; (4) duplication of known tasks; (5) discovery of new tasks; and (6) debriefing.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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