Teachers Advocating mLearning

By Shane Weir.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Mobile Learning (mLearning) makes reality of anywhere and anytime learning, and this now challenges the way educators teach in today’s learning environment. MLearners engage in instant, just-in-time learning who demand multi-way communication within ‘real world’ contexts (Billings, 2005). The purpose of this paper is to provide a theoretical discussion of the process of change for teachers when new technological mediums (in this case – mobile devices) are introduced into the learning environment. It will explore the possibility for teachers to consider adopting Business Management practices of Change Management Theory to holistically aid teachers in the process of technological change in secondary schools. As a result, teachers need to reflect on their current pedagogy and employ a situated cognitive approach (Vygotsky, 1978) whereby, the teacher becomes an ‘expert’ learner with the mobile technological devices so as to contextualise the learning environment for the students as ‘novice’ learners; thus being advocates of mLearning (Lave & Wegner, 1991).

Keywords: Mobile Learning, mLearning, Wireless Technology, Innovative Pedagogical Practice, Teachers as Advocates

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 4, Issue 5, pp.9-16. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 575.283KB).

Shane Weir

Doctoral Student, Doctor of Education (EdD), Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Shane Weir is currently a candidate of the Doctor of Education (EdD) at the Queensland University of Technology (Australia). He has a Bachelor of Education (First Class Honours) in Secondary Education. Mr. Weir is currently a Business and Technology teacher at All Hallows’ School (Brisbane - Australia) and is an Executive Member of the Business Educators’ Association of Queensland. His recent professional activities includes co-presenting ‘Pocket PCs in Business Education’ at the Business Educators’ Association Australasian Conference in October 2006.

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