Insights into students' thinking with handheld computers

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Mobile Technologies and Handheld Devices for Ubiquitous Learning: Research and Pedagogy, 2010, pp. 79 - 98
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The handheld computer as a pedagogical tool has the capacity to enable students to demonstrate understanding through different modes of representations, for example, verbal, text, tables and graph, drawings, writing or written formulas, concept mapping and animations through Flash or Pocket Slides PowerPoint. Its impact as a motivational learning tool has been described in numerous articles. The purpose of this chapter is to describe its use as a research tool for capturing students' thinking processes as they construct representations in science and mathematics, or solve problems in these learning areas on the handheld. By using an avi-screen capture software operating in the background to do this, the research is a non-intrusive method of capturing the verbal and screen-based (visual) elements of students' thinking as they use the handhelds to complete individual or collaborative tasks. © 2011, IGI Global.
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