TRANSDISCIPLINARY MEASUREMENT & EVALUATION RESEARCH GROUP
(TMERG) SEMINAR 1, 2017
Date: Thursday 30 March 2017
Time: 11:10am – 12:30pm
Where: School of Education, SMaRTe Room, Level 8, Nexus Building, 10 Pulteney Street.
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The Transdisciplinary Measurement and Evaluation Research Group (TMERG) has its origins in the School of Education, and provides an avenue for discussion and research collaboration in the field of measurement and evaluation across a number of Schools and Disciplines. Colleagues and postgraduate students (doctoral and master’s) in your School/Research Centres are invited to a seminar titled:
CONCEPTS OF TABLET USE IN AN INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY-RICH CLASSROOM IN GERMANY. COLLECTING AND ANALYSING VIDEO DATA TO GET INSIGHT IN THE BLACK BOX OF DIGITAL LEARNING AND TEACHING.
SPEAKER: PROF. DR. THOMAS IRION
University of Education SchwaebischGmeuend, Germany, Head of Institute of Educational Research,
Head of Department of Primary Education, Head of the Research Centre for Media Education.
Tablet use is very popular in primary and secondary classes. More and more teachers integrate tablets (esp. iPads) in school because of their potentials for student engagement and enrichment of learning. Mobile devices can enhance learning by new ways of contingent mobile learning and teaching, situated learning, authentic learning, context aware learning and personalized learning (Traxler/Wisheart 2011). Based on a critical literature review using systematically selected research findings Major et al. summarize significant potentials for enhancing learning especially if affordances of tablets (usability, features, availability and portability) and issues of infrastructure, technology management and professional development, pedagogy and instructional design are considered. In particular, they emphasise the importance of teacher development (Major/Haßler/Hennessy 2017).
Germany has started a big nationwide research project to foster ICT integration in primary classrooms with a strong focus on teacher education. 6 selected universities analyse in separate projects the use of ICT (esp. Tablets) in primary classrooms.
In this presentation, the project manager of one of these projects, Prof. Dr. Thomas Irion, will present the research focus and methods of the project ProMedia Primar 3P of the University of Education Schwaebisch Gmuend located in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. The project ProMedia Primar 3P is subdivided into eight sub-projects with fourteen researchers from different departments (e.g. language, sciene, educational science, arts, media education, primary education) which develop didactic concepts of tablet use based on the TPACK-Model (Koehler/Mishra 2009). TPACK emphasises the relevance of the combination of technological, pedagogical and content knowledge for teachers to use ICT in classrooms effectively. The components of TPACK are in ProMedia Primar 3P connected with primary school education requirements to develop new concepts for primary school learning (Irion 2016). The concepts are realized by teacher students in an especially equipped classroom at a primary school. In this classroom innovative video technologies are used for observation of the classroom activities to analyze teaching and learning practices. The teacher students use the videos to analyse classroom activities to reflect and improve their own teaching. The research team uses the video data to analyse affordances for effective tablet use in classrooms.
The seminar presents the research project and the innovative classroom. The equipment of the classroom and the video analysis studio which is placed aside the classroom will be shown. Furthermore the fundamental concept and the current status of the project will be presented.