ERIC Number: EJ883391
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
Reconsidering Off-Task: A Comparative Study of PDA-Mediated Activities in Four Classrooms
Mifsud, L.; Morch, A. I.
Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, v26 n3 p190-201 Jun 2010
Mobile technology is ubiquitous and diverse and permeates many aspects of daily life at home, during leisure activities, and in public spaces. The study presented here is of two sixth grade classes in Michigan, USA and two seventh grade classes in Norway. The students and the teachers in these four classrooms were equipped with mobile technologies (PDAs). We found that the students' PDA-mediated actions in the classroom were not exclusively used for the tasks and activities set by the teacher, but that the students also used the PDAs on their own initiative--so-called "off-task" activities. We analyze the findings by reconsidering off-task activities from a sociocultural perspective.
Descriptors: Sociocultural Patterns, Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis, Grade 7, Grade 6, Class Activities, Time on Task, Cross Cultural Studies, Comparative Education, Classroom Research, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Educational Technology, Computer Uses in Education, Handheld Devices
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 6; Grade 7
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan; Norway