Session Type

Presentation

Room

P&A Rm 106

Start Date

8-7-2015 12:00 AM

Keywords

laptops, smartphones, distraction, note-taking, BYOD

Primary Threads

Teaching and Learning Science

Abstract

The presence and use of digital devices in our classrooms prompts polarizing discussions and debates among educators. The vast majority of our students carry at least one web-enabled device, providing endless options for distraction of themselves and others. At the same time, applications for this technology also provide the means to support practises known to help learning, such as increasing engagement, providing opportunities for frequent formative/low-stakes feedback, and collaborative/peer learning.

Feelings are strong about both the pros and cons of technology in the classroom. Some educators have opted for differing approaches to this issue: some banning laptops, tablets and cell phones in the classroom while others deliberately engage such devices in classroom activities. We will explore the recent literature/evidence relating to the impact of student device use in the classroom, concerns regarding note-taking, and benefits of "bring your own device" (BYOD) educational technology. Participant discussion will explore approaches that could be used in our own classes, keeping in mind major research findings.

Elements of Engagement

The session will primarily be centred on a facilitated discussion/debate among participants regarding their own concerns, experiences, and ideas about use and impact of digital devices in the classroom, and is intended to be immersive and interactive for participants.


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Jul 8th, 12:00 AM

Does the digital need to divide us?

P&A Rm 106

The presence and use of digital devices in our classrooms prompts polarizing discussions and debates among educators. The vast majority of our students carry at least one web-enabled device, providing endless options for distraction of themselves and others. At the same time, applications for this technology also provide the means to support practises known to help learning, such as increasing engagement, providing opportunities for frequent formative/low-stakes feedback, and collaborative/peer learning.

Feelings are strong about both the pros and cons of technology in the classroom. Some educators have opted for differing approaches to this issue: some banning laptops, tablets and cell phones in the classroom while others deliberately engage such devices in classroom activities. We will explore the recent literature/evidence relating to the impact of student device use in the classroom, concerns regarding note-taking, and benefits of "bring your own device" (BYOD) educational technology. Participant discussion will explore approaches that could be used in our own classes, keeping in mind major research findings.