role of digital technology in teaching, learning and assessment is emphasised
in all recent national policy on education and now moves centre stage with the anticipated
National Digital Strategy for Schools. Mobile technology, in particular, has
the potential to significantly change practice in classrooms and schools and Apple's
iPad has emerged as a field leader among mobile tablets.
Initial teacher education can play a significant role in the integration of technology within teaching and learning in the classroom. Little
research, however, has been conducted on the use of iPads in this context.
paper outlines a study on the impact the deployment of iPads 1:1 has had on the
professional learning, teaching and practice of student teachers, lecturers and
tutors on a second level Initial Teacher Education programme in Ireland. Using the
TPACK model (Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge) as
a theoretical framework (Koehler & Mishra, 2009), a qualitative approach is
being used to gather data through questionnaires, focus groups, interviews and
multi-media recordings. Preliminary findings suggest that iPads can play a
significant role in developing the professional knowledge and teaching of
student teachers and can enhance the practice
of those involved in initial teacher education. Limitations regarding the use
of iPads are also outlined.