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The Dream About the Magic Silver Bullet: the Complexity of Designing for Tablet-Mediated Learning
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science, Interactive Media and Learning (IML).
Dept. of Communication & Psychology, Aalborg University.
Dept. of Communication & Psychology, Aalborg University.
Dept. of Communication & Psychology, Aalborg University.
2014 (English)In: ACM GROUP 2014, conference proceedings, Sanibel Island, Florida, USA, ACM Press, 2014Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In  this  paper, we  report  three  cases  of  the  integration  of technology, such  as web-enabled media  tablets  in Scandinavianschools. Both qualitative and quantitative data have been applied.A  daily  challenge  for  teachers  is  to  coordinate  their  group  of students in  a way  that  enables collaborative  learning. We  report the gaps and interrelations between the dreams and the practice of the  teachers. They dream  about an interconnected  praxis – the magic  silver  bullet  –  and  establish  their  visions  of  interconnectivity because  of  their  breakdown  experiences  of  media tablets aiding complexity instead of reducing it. The teachers must learn how to navigate during the breakdowns before media tablets reduce complexity and reach a state in which the tablets take part in the classroom ecology as functional organs. The teachers have to deal with complex situations during class in situ. In order to be able to continue with the class, the teachers become jongleurs of different design elements including the handling of the didactical designs  and the breakdowns  caused  by  the integration of media tablets; the  teaching  practice in  classrooms moves  away  from  a common routine activity and turns into a design project.

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ACM Press, 2014.
Keyword [en]
Media tablets, Educational technology, Cooperation, Design
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-93459OAI: diva2:749079
GROUP '14, November 09 - 12 2014, Sanibel Island, FL, USA
Available from: 2014-09-23 Created: 2014-09-23 Last updated: 2014-10-06Bibliographically approved

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