iPad usage in classrooms. Guest lecture by Isa Jahnke
The research group CHANGE invites to an open guest lecture with Isa Jahnke.
Jahnke is Professor in ICT, media and learning at the Department of Applied Educational Sciences, group Interactive Media and Learning (IML) at Umeå University in Sweden.
The iPad device is a really new technology but schools in Denmark and Sweden already use these devices. This research explores the teaching practices in iPad-classrooms.
How do teachers in schools use iPads in their classrooms; for what purposes? For example, is the iPad only a textbook substitute or do the teachers create new didactical approaches, if so, which ones?
Classroom observations and qualitative data were collected in a Danish community where 200 teachers and 2,000 students aged 6-16 use iPads in classrooms. In addition, there is a project at Umeå University in Sweden, where 49 students in preschool teacher education got iPads in summer 2012 and the next 90 students get iPads in 2013.
Based on the theoretical framework of iPad-Didactics, we have indicators that under the right conditions the iPad use can significantly enhance collaborative learning. Even under non-optimal conditions when the didactical approaches by the teachers were not well defined towards the teaching aims, the use of iPads can still have a benefit to enrich learning. But there is also empirical evidence that the iPad use can reduce the quality of the didactical designs and limiting instead of enhancing learning experiences.