New research has found that many educators feel out of their depth when adopting new technology for use in the classroom.
Kathryn Mac Callum, an EIT Computing lecturer, will receive her doctorate at a Massey graduation this week. She investigated the use of mobile technology in the tertiary education sector.
She found some clear differences between the attitudes of teachers and students.
Students are really demanding mobile learning – they’re very comfortable using smartphones and tablets and find the flexibility and the ability to share resources and collaborate on projects really engaging.
There is a clear generational shift with some teachers not comfortable using mobile technology, while many others are comfortable using it in their personal lives but not as a teaching tool.
Kathryn is undertaking further research – and it seems that primary schools are leading the way.