Mobilising Collaborative Teacher Professional Learning

Publisher:
IADIS: International Association for Development of the Information Society
Publication Type:
Conference Proceeding
Citation:
Mobile Learning 2009 Proceedings: IADIS International Conference, 2009, pp. 351 - 354
Issue Date:
2009-01
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This paper reflects on the role of m-learning in teachers' professional learning. It argues that effective professional learning requires reflection and collaboration; and that m-learning is ideally suited to allow reflection-in-action and to capture the spontaneity of learning moments. The paper also argues for the value of collaborations between teachers and students in professional learning. It suggests that authentic artefacts and anecdotes, captured through mobile technologies, can enable the sharing, analysis and synthesis to improve classroom learning environments. Opportunities fro usercreated content are discussed as well as ethical issues that might arise through using mobile technologies in this way. Practical, school systemic, attitudinal and ethical factors may inhibit m-technology adoption; these factors need to be researched and addressed to realize the potential of teacher mobile professional learning.
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