Should Teachers Hold an Open Attitude to Students Using Digital Devices in the Classroom: A Pilot Study
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AbstractFollowed by an increasing number of notebook initiatives with full access to wi-fi among universities around the world, computers, especially the portable ones such as light-weight notebooks and tablet computers, have become almost standard equipment in tertiary education (Weaver and N ilson, 2005). More and more teachers are facing the decision whether they should allow students the use of technology in the classroom. The decision is difficult as there are apparently both advantages and disadvantages in doing either way. In terms of positive impacts, research revealed that the use of notebooks in a ubiquitous computing environment was capable of facilitating faculty-student interactions and in-class participation, which in turn enhanced engagement and active learning (Fitch, 2004; Partee, 1996; Stephens, 2005). In spite of these benefits, evidence was also identified to show a relationship between notebook use and distraction in class. The pilot study was to investigate the desirability of allowing notebook computers in class in our local context, and to explore the factors that influence the success of the practice. The study was conducted in a postgraduate course at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Students were allowed to use computers in the lessons (free use) while at some of the time the teacher also held computer-related learning activities with the class together (guided use). Results in general supported the use of digital devices in class: it impacts positively on learning although participants also acknowledged the disadvantage of the temptation to use the computers for irrelevant purposes in class. Participants were also very conservative about channeling the use of computers in classroom to other academic contexts. The answer to the question whether computers be allowed in class thus is not a simple yes or no but is a series of suggestions concerning when and how.
All Author(s) ListLam P, Tong AD
Name of Conference7th International Conference on eLearning
Start Date of Conference21/06/2012
End Date of Conference22/06/2012
Place of ConferenceHong Kong
Country/Region of ConferenceChina
Year2012
Month1
Day1
PublisherACAD CONFERENCES LTD
Pages220 - 227
eISBN978-1-908272-44-7
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Keywordscomputers in classroom; distraction
Web of Science Subject CategoriesEducation & Educational Research

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