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Tutty, Jodi and White, Barbara (2006). Tablet classroom interactions. In: Tolhurst, Denise and Mann, Samuel 8th Australian Computing Education (ACE) Conference, Hobart, Tasmania, 16-19 January 2006.

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Author Tutty, Jodi
White, Barbara
Title Tablet classroom interactions
Conference Name 8th Australian Computing Education (ACE) Conference
Conference Location Hobart, Tasmania
Conference Dates 16-19 January 2006
Conference Publication Title Computing Education 2006: proceedings of the Eighth Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE2006)
Editor Tolhurst, Denise
Mann, Samuel
Place of Publication Sydney, NSW
Publisher Australian Computer Society published in association with the ACM Digital Library
Publication Year 2006
Volume Number 52
ISBN 1920682341   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
ISSN 1445-1336   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 229
End Page 233
Total Pages 5
Field of Research 1399 - Other Education
0899 - Other Information and Computing Sciences
HERDC Category E1 - Conference Publication (DEST)
Abstract At the start of this year, a new learning environment enabled the teaching in the first programming unit to change from a traditional model of separate lectures/practicals/tutorials to integrated workshops using wireless enabled tablet PCs. This restructure facilitated a more student centred and active learning approach. Consistent with other units taught using this approach an improvement in student outcomes, satisfaction and retention rates was observed in the programming unit. In this paper we argue that an important factor in this improvement has been the increased level of interaction both between staff and students and also among students themselves. In both constructivist and community of practice theories social interaction is seen as a critical ingredient in effective learning environments. Using the community of practice framework an analysis is made of the dynamics within the programming unit to examine the impact of these interaction factors on the complex nature of learning so as to better understand why the improvements are occurring.
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