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Integration of tablet technology as teaching methodology and research tool


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A presentation I made at the CTI research and development seminar in July 2013. My inclusion of the tablet as a teaching and research tool within a higher education context are explained, my findings on how it has improved learning in a blended learning setting and my recommendations are included here.

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Integration of tablet technology as teaching methodology and research tool

  1. 1. Campus Seminar: Viva le Tablet Pretoria 12 June 2013 6/11/2013By Henry & Ansu Badenhorst 1
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION Presenter: Henry Badenhorst 6/11/2013By Henry & Ansu Badenhorst 2
  3. 3. “Cant I just email you a link to my blog, miss?” 6/11/2013By Henry & Ansu Badenhorst 3
  4. 4. What do I do @ CTI? • English lecturer for both Business and IT departments – Higher Certificate program. • Semester 1: Academic English. • Approximately 300 students (7 groups). • Group numbers vary between 40 and 50. • 24 Teaching hours per week. • Used Tablet for entire semester 1 module. 6/11/2013By Henry & Ansu Badenhorst 4
  5. 5. Methodology Areas of Tablet utilisation: 1. Pre-loaded subject related digitised content – Study Guide 2. Placement of learning material on student server. 3. Transfer (viaBluetooth/Wi-Fi Direct) of learning materials 4. Free applications – Google Play Store 5. Research 6. EWP 6/11/2013By Henry & Ansu Badenhorst 5
  6. 6. 1. Digitized content • Study Guides in digital format (soft copy) were uploaded onto the Tab. • Students did not receive a hard copy. Part of our “save the trees initiative”(branch-by- branch)??? • E-books and Digital Study Guides helped students to have a centralised point to access all their materials. • My course did not require any E-books. 6/11/2013By Henry & Ansu Badenhorst 6
  7. 7. 2. Student server uploads • All digitized materials students needed, were uploaded onto the student server (LAN). • Students have access to this server and could copy and paste all materials from this server onto the ‘hard drive’ of their tablet. 6/11/2013By Henry & Ansu Badenhorst 7
  8. 8. Student server uploads • Students had administrator rights or access. (Accidental cut & paste) • Had to negate their administrator privileges. • Further uploads had to be sent via e-mail to the IT Department, who alone could upload materials. • This process prevented quick uploads and caused frustration for me. 6/11/2013By Henry & Ansu Badenhorst 8
  9. 9. Solution: Bluetooth Lecturer’s limited access to LAN to upload • What was the alternative to make learning materials available to my students? • Bluetooth or Wi-Fi Direct became an apparent solution 6/11/2013By Henry & Ansu Badenhorst 9
  10. 10. 3. Bluetooth  Alternative utilisation for Bluetooth:  When the following conditions exist: 1. Projector = absent or not working 2. Teacher preferred Methodology = PowerPoint presentations  Solution: Blue-tooth & Wi-Fi Direct becomes alternative tool to distribute PPT presentation and allowing students to follow. 6/11/2013By Henry & Ansu Badenhorst 10
  11. 11. Bluetooth Steps 1. I would transfer the PPT or relevant materials to my Tablet (e-mail/PC to Tablet via USB). 2. 5 minutes before the lecture, I would Blue- tooth it to some students, who would pass it along to the back of the class. Drawback: Time consuming, (large class sizes) BUT a good alternative in the case where projectors are not available. 6/11/2013By Henry & Ansu Badenhorst 11
  12. 12. 4. Google Play store applications • Google play Store can be used to download and install useful applications. • I found an offline English Dictionary and requested students to download and install it. • Even if students don’t have a hard copy with them, they can still easily access the meaning of words and terminology without having to carry…..a dictionary weighing half a ton with them. 6/11/2013By Henry & Ansu Badenhorst 12
  13. 13. Other Applications • Word Processing – King Soft Office (instead of Polaris Office) • Camera: Students can take screenshots of important information on whiteboard or web info. • Socrative: student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via the tablet. (still to implement) 6/11/2013By Henry & Ansu Badenhorst 13
  14. 14. 5. Research • The students had to conduct research my academic essay. • The Tablet enabled each and every student to conduct research, provided they had access to Wi-Fi. • The Tablet also enable students to download documents related to their research, and store them in My Files for later use. 6/11/2013By Henry & Ansu Badenhorst 14
  15. 15. 6. EWP • Academic English Assignment 1 = 25 online grammar assessments. • The Tablet enabled students to access their EWP accounts and progress with the online assessments, at their own pace, provided they had access to Wi-Fi. • Students were thus given an additional method of completing their assessments without having to rely solely on the desktop computers in the Resource Centre. 6/11/2013By Henry & Ansu Badenhorst 15
  16. 16. Findings Useful tool for: 1. Viewing and storing Digitised content 2. Transfer of documents (via Bluetooth or Student server)-makes learning material available to students 3. Educational applications available through Google Play Store. 4. Completing EWP assessments anywhere anytime. 5. Research for academic assignments. 6. Word processing 6/11/2013By Henry & Ansu Badenhorst 16
  17. 17. Conclusion • Tablet is a very useful tool • Uses include: Research, E-books, transfer & storage of digitized content and increased communication between student and teacher (internet access) • Risks for abuse do exist (Gaming & Pornography). May in fact divert their attention from study area). • The real Question remains: What do the students actually use the Tablet for? • NOT: What we would like them to use it for? • How can we motivate them to use the Tablet for educational purposes? 6/11/2013By Henry & Ansu Badenhorst 17
  18. 18. Recommendations 1. Connectivity: More & improved Wi-Fi access points (especially in Resource Centre to ensure maximum application). 2. Student awareness training regarding practical advantages and positive uses, as well as the possible dangers and risks (Pornography & Games) 3. Theft of Tablets remains a concern and a risk. Awareness training possible solution. 4. Teacher Training: To improve skills and knowledge how to use the Tablet as an educational tool. 6/11/2013By Henry & Ansu Badenhorst 18
  19. 19. Which Tablet? 6/11/2013By Henry & Ansu Badenhorst 19
  20. 20. Samsung Tab 10.1 • Samsung Tablet shortcomings: • No stylus or keyboard (hardware). • Complicates writing e-mails and word processing. • No SIM card slot. • Limited to Wi-Fi access to internet. • Limited 16 GB storage space 6/11/2013By Henry & Ansu Badenhorst 20
  21. 21. Alternative Asus Transformer Prime • “Best full-featured Android tablet” - C-Net • Hybrid: Prime connects to an optional keyboard/dock transforming it into what is essentially an Android laptop. • Lightweight and thin • Sim card slot for internet access • 32 GB storage space 6/11/2013By Henry & Ansu Badenhorst 21
  22. 22. 4 4 3 4 4 Active Collaborative Constructive Authentic Goal directed Current Level of Technology Integration in your class 6/11/2013By Henry & Ansu Badenhorst 22
  23. 23. Code breaker • Goal directed = 4: I provide my students with opportunities to use technology tools to set goals, plan activities, monitor progress and evaluate results throughout the curriculum. • Authentic = 4: I allow my students to select appropriate technology tools to complete authentic tasks across disciplines. • Constructive = 3: I create opportunities and allow my students to select and modify technology tools to assist them in the construction of understanding. • Collaborative = 4: I create opportunities throughout the day, across subject areas to use technology tools to facilitate collaborative learning • Active = 4: I empower/encourage students to select appropriate technology tools and to actively apply them to tasks. 6/11/2013By Henry & Ansu Badenhorst 23
  24. 24. The future? • Dakar, Senegal • World's first tablet cafe. • Benefit areas where there are frequent power cuts and exorbitant electricity bills. • Most people cannot afford to buy the devices. • Sounds like SA? 6/11/2013By Henry & Ansu Badenhorst 24
  25. 25. The end 6/11/2013By Henry & Ansu Badenhorst 25