A Case Study of Mobile Learning Pilot Project in K-12 Schools


Teacher Education

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student learning, iPad integration, apps, pilot project, innovative approaches


This case study reports findings from a four-month pilot project of one-to-one learning with iPads in four 9th grade Geography classrooms in a large K-12 school district in the United States. The findings of the study revealed many promising opportunities and technical challenges for both teachers and students. The positive impact of iPad integration on student learning includes active engagement, increased time for projects, improved digital literacy, and digital citizenship. The challenge for student learning is mainly distraction by the multitude of irrelevant apps and Websites. With regard to instructional activities, the positive impact includes the implementation of student-centered activities and enhanced teaching practices with updated information. The challenges include a lack of teacher-selected apps and the need for more time to prep and conduct training. Faculty professional development has also played an important role on teaching practices. This study recommends continuous faculty development and student learning support through innovative approaches to transform one-to-one learning with iPads in the classroom.

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Journal of Educational Technology Development and Exchange

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Chou, C.C., Block, L., & Jesness, R. (2012). A case study of mobile learning pilot project in K-12 schools, Journal of Educational Technology Development and Exchange, 5(2), 11-26. https://doi.org/10.18785/jetde.0502.02