Learning environments and rapidly evolving handheld technologies

  • J. Evans Ochola University of Iowa
  • James R. Stachowiak Iowa Center for Assistive technology Education and Research (ICATER)
  • John G. Achrazoglou University of Iowa
  • David B. Bills University of Iowa
Keywords: Handheld technologies, Mobile device, Personal digital assistant, Students with disabilities

Abstract

More and more K–12 school teachers are using handheld devices in classrooms. The mobile nature of handheld technologies is often seen as an integral characteristic facilitating collaborative learning and flexible learning arrangements. Since both portable devices and ideas about the learning environment are rapidly evolving, teachers need to be aware of technologies and classroom arrangements that can help improve student performance and classroom experiences.

Author Biographies

J. Evans Ochola, University of Iowa
J. Evans Ochola is Educational Technology Specialist at the University of Iowa. He teaches Technology in the Classroom. His chief areas of research interest are social informatics, mobility rates among faculty members and high school students' aspirations.
James R. Stachowiak, Iowa Center for Assistive technology Education and Research (ICATER)
James R. Stachowiak, MSE, ATP is the Associate Director of the Iowa Center for Assistive technology Education and Research (ICATER) in the College of Education at the University of Iowa. With ICATER, Stachowiak works to educate pre-service education students on the use of assistive technology for students with disabilities in the classroom.
John G. Achrazoglou, University of Iowa
John Achrazoglou is Adjunct Associate Professor Director of Technology Center and co-chair of the Charter Committee on Diversity at the University of Iowa. His research interests are Electronic portfolios for professional assessment and development, Assistive technologies for learners with disabilities and Distance education.
David B. Bills, University of Iowa

David B. Bills is Professor of Sociology of Education in the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies at the University of Iowa. His research interests are in social stratification, educational inequality, and the sociology of technological change. He has recently published The Sociology of Education and Work (Malden, Mass.: Blackwell, 2004).

Published
2013-03-26
How to Cite
Ochola, J. E., Stachowiak, J. R., Achrazoglou, J. G., & Bills, D. B. (2013). Learning environments and rapidly evolving handheld technologies. First Monday, 18(4). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v18i4.3932