Learning with Mobile Devices Perceptions of Students and Teachers at Lower Secondary Schools in Austria
Thursday, June 26 1:30 PM-2:00 PM Location: B3118
Presider: Andrew Shewbart, Saybot Information Technology, Co., China
Abstract: This publication aims to report on the findings of a study of readiness for integrating mobile phones in secondary schools (grade 5 – 8) in Austria. Surveys are used to examine the ownership and usage of mobile phones of kids of the age from 10 to 14 years, teachers and additionally teacher candidates. Findings indicate that gathered data show the reality outside school and the lack of readiness of teachers and teacher candidates. Educators and school authority need to take a serious approach to accepting 21st century technology. It can be summarized that the educational system has to be adapted to today’s and tomorrow’s technologies. Issues based on the research and compared with data from the recent JIM Study are discussed: Youth and mobile technologies, school - demands and challenges-, teacher education and Bring Your Own Device (BOYD).