Catching the mobile technology wave: Can the iPad enhance learning and teaching in chemistry?

Fester, Victor (2012) Catching the mobile technology wave: Can the iPad enhance learning and teaching in chemistry? In: EDULEARN12: 4th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies: Conference Proceedings. International Association of Technology, Education and Development (IATED), Barcelona, Spain, pp. 5712-5721. ISBN 9788469534915

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Since the end of the last millennium there have been tremendous advances in information and communication technologies (ICTs), together with increasing applications in education. Most higher education institutions in the developed world use a learning management system (LMS) as a learning and teaching platform, of which Moodle and Blackboard are well-known examples. In addition to learning how to use an LMS to facilitate learning and teaching, teachers in higher education are also increasingly embracing social media and mobile technologies in an effort to enhance both their teaching and their students’ learning. Teachers are, naturally, faced with a variety of choices and issues when it comes to deciding which technologies and mobile devices to adopt. This paper will firstly introduce the Horizon Report: 2012 Higher Education Edition and a regional analysis for the New Zealand tertiary education sector. These two reports describe emerging technologies that are most likely to have the biggest impact on society over the next five years and include, inter alia, an overview of the use of mobile apps and tablet computing and their relevance for learning and teaching. Next, a survey of the literature describing the use of the Apple iPad mobile device in learning and teaching will be described. Although the iPad is a relatively new mobile device, the literature shows overwhelming evidence of initial success in learning and teaching. This paper will also include recommendations, based on the successes and challenges reported in the literature, for those teachers who might still be debating whether or not to use the iPad for learning and teaching. Finally, the use of mobile technologies to enhance chemistry teaching and learning, in particular, will be discussed with reference to the use of the iPad2.

Item Type:Book Section
Additional Information:Conference held 2-4 July, 2012, in Barcelona, Spain
Keywords that describe the item:mobile learning, m-learning, mobile technologies, iPad, wireless mobile devices, e-learning
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions:Corporate > Assett Centre
ID Code:2064
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Deposited On:23 Jul 2012 06:14
Last Modified:31 Aug 2012 02:36

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