Does it matter who is holding the PDA in a mobile learning experience?

Hooper, Greg, Fitzpatrick, Geraldine and Weal, Mark (2008). Does it matter who is holding the PDA in a mobile learning experience?. In: Inmaculada Arnedillo Sánchez and Pedro Isaías, Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference on Mobile Learning. IADIS International Conference Mobile Learning 2008, Algarve, Portugal, (130-134). 11-13 April 2008.

Author Hooper, Greg
Fitzpatrick, Geraldine
Weal, Mark
Title of paper Does it matter who is holding the PDA in a mobile learning experience?
Conference name IADIS International Conference Mobile Learning 2008
Conference location Algarve, Portugal
Conference dates 11-13 April 2008
Proceedings title Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference on Mobile Learning
Publication Year 2008
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9789728924546
Editor Inmaculada Arnedillo Sánchez
Pedro Isaías
Start page 130
End page 134
Total pages 5
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Mobile technologies, such as PDAs, are increasingly being used to create innovative mobile learning experiences for children. Collaboration around use of the PDA has been identified as a key benefit. In this paper we identify the issue of whether it matters who is holding the PDA, and in particular whether there are gender effects at play. We present a preliminary study where we examine the behavior of pairs of children using PDAs in a literacy fieldtrip according to which member the pair held possession of the PDA at any time and whether PDA use influenced who initiated action. Our results indicate that initiating action could be independent of technology 'ownership' for girls, but that for boys initiating action might be more heavily influenced by who was holding the PDA. However, these findings are based on a limited sample and are indicative only. The main contribution of this paper then is to highlight the issue of possible gender effects on how PDAs are used in mobile learning experiences and point to areas for future research to understand how collaborative interactions take place and whether or not it does matter who is holding the PDA.
Keyword Mobile learning
Field trip
Collaboration
PDAs
Gender
Focus
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

 
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