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MACUL 2012 - Professional Development for Mobile Technology Integration


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Barbour, M. K., & Siko, J. P. (2012, March). Professional development for mobile technology integration. A presentation at the annual meeting of the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning, Grand Rapids, MI.

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MACUL 2012 - Professional Development for Mobile Technology Integration

  1. 1. Professional Development forMobile Technology Integration Michael K. Barbour Jason P. Siko Wayne State University
  2. 2. AbstractThis MACUL grant is focused on aprofessional development project designedto support teachers using iPads in theclassroom. The PD was teacher-centric andon-going, and emphasized specific appsteachers recommended. This presentationwill explore that PD model and howteachers used their iPads as a personal andclassroom tool.
  3. 3. Project• Five science teachers provided with iPads• Monthly professional development sessions – topics decided on by the teachers themselves – focused on pedagogical issues and app show & tell• Occurred December 2010 to March 2011
  4. 4. Professional Development• Examined ways in which teachers could use a single iPad in the classroom• Focused solely on free apps• Balanced between apps that could be used with students and apps for teacher personal & professional development
  5. 5. Research• Interviews with each of the teachers• Observation of single iPad integration with one teacher
  6. 6. Findings• All felt iPad could have powerful uses in the classroom, but all felt extremely limited by the fact that they only had one iPad per teacher (as opposed to one device per student)• Teachers used the device more as a personal and professional development tool, than as a resource during their teaching that they could use with their students• Saw iPad as a luxury school simply couldn’t afford (can purchase two netbooks for the cost of one iPad)
  7. 7. Observation• Teacher collected devices from a number of his colleagues & encouraged the students to bring along their own devices – Gave them a list of free apps to download beforehand• Began by having students complete a pre-test using the multiple- choice question function in Mobl21 (a mobile learning management system)• Provided some direct instruction by displaying a 99¢ app on the iPad using the classroom document camera• Followed by the students exploring the topic using two different apps on their own devices• Finished the class by having the students complete the same multiple-choice quiz as a post-test
  8. 8. Michael K. Jason P. Siko sikojp@gmail.comWayne State University