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Sinéad Ní Ghuidhir
MiTE 2015
Mobile Technology in Initial Teacher Education
International Refereed Conference
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Abstract   The 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. This 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.
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