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Mainstreaming tablet classrooms: Engaging first year learners

Williams, Greg, White, Barbara and Tutty, Jodi (2006). Mainstreaming tablet classrooms: Engaging first year learners. In: FYHE Conference: Engaging Students, Gold Coast, 12-14 July 2006.

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IRMA ID 73206181xPUB2
Author Williams, Greg
White, Barbara
Tutty, Jodi
Title Mainstreaming tablet classrooms: Engaging first year learners
Conference Name FYHE Conference: Engaging Students
Conference Location Gold Coast
Conference Dates 12-14 July 2006
Conference Publication Title Proceedings of the FYHE Conference 2006
Place of Publication Brisbane,OLD
Publisher Queensland University of Technology
Publication Year 2006
ISBN 0646463136   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Total Pages 10
Field of Research 1399 - Other Education
0899 - Other Information and Computing Sciences
HERDC Category E1 - Conference Publication (DEST)
Abstract Young students entering university in the first decade of the twenty first century bring with them a very different set of expectations, skills and attitudes to new technologies than those of previous generations. Born after the computer became a desktop tool, brought up on TV channel surfing and rapid fire video clips, and using mobile phone technology to connect to all who are important in their lives, these students are used to a wired, connected world. How do universities cater for this new generation of learners, building on the sophisticated technological skills these students have already developed while still teaching some of the more traditional academic skills expected when studying at tertiary level? This paper describes the mainstreaming of an innovation that began as a small project two years ago involving three academics from different discipline areas of the University and which is now being mainstreamed to all first year students. The theoretical underpinnings of the innovation and a description of how the learning environment is being used to engage first year learners will be the focus of the discussion.
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