Exploring how mobile technology provides inquiry supports for middle school students in conducting scientific practices in a ubiquitous learning context

Wan Tzu Lo, Alex Kuhn, Chris Quintana, Ibrahim Delen, Steven McGee, Jennifer Duck

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Abstract

In a ubiquitous learning context, students can conduct scientific practices by using mobile and wireless technologies inside and/or outside of school. This particular learning context provides learning opportunities for students to collect and evaluate first-hand data anytime anywhere. However, learning challenges emerge in ubiquitous learning context when students are situated in both non-traditional classroom setting and information-rich out-ofclass setting. To identify and address students' challenges in ubiquitous learning context, this study takes a longitudinal view to examine students' scientific practices throughout a school year. This paper explores how mobile and wireless technology can provide students with inquiry supports in conducting scientific practices, which include collecting qualitative multimedia data, evaluating and using first-hand collected qualitative data to construct scientific explanations in three different ubiquitous learning environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)947-951
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS
Volume2
Issue numberJanuary
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Event11th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Learning and Becoming in Practice, ICLS 2014 - Boulder, United States
Duration: Jun 23 2014Jun 27 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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