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Possibilities and Challenges in Mobile Learning for K-12 Teachers: A Pilot Retrospective Survey Study

By: Fulford, C.P.; Meng-Fen Lin; Ackerman, L.K.; Iyoda, R.; Ho, C.P.;

2012 / IEEE / 978-1-4673-0884-7

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This item was taken from the IEEE Conference ' Possibilities and Challenges in Mobile Learning for K-12 Teachers: A Pilot Retrospective Survey Study ' Many K-12 schools in the United States are now taking advantage of the ubiquitous presence of technology and deploying mobile devices in classrooms. Compounded with the necessity to meet the needs of today's students, who are growing and learning in the 21st century, teachers now face unique challenges and opportunities in adjusting their teaching in such a rapid changing time. Nevertheless, there has been very little research to date investigating the impact of mobile learning on teachers compared to that on students. The primary purpose of this pilot study is to examine changes in teachers' attitude, beliefs, and perceptions on teaching, learning, and mobile technology. Ten teachers completed four research tasks that facilitated them in gaining knowledge about mobile devices and mobile applications. Retrospective data indicated a positive shift in participating teachers' attitudes, beliefs, and perceptions during the research period. The findings of this study shed light on the current state of mobile learning in participating schools and provided insights into recommendations for future implementation. The current status of the second part of our mobile learning research project will also be shared.