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Professional Development Situated in a Ubiquitous Computing Classroom

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EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Montreal, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-56-3 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


This paper describes an ongoing situated professional development program in which teachers bring their intact classes for an extended stay in a ubiquitous computing environment equipped with a variety of state-of-the-art computing devices. The experience is unique in that it not only situates teacher learning about technology integration in their regular practice, but also gives them the opportunity to explore the full possibilities afforded by digital technologies and 1:1 computing opportunities. The program provides an important alternative model for professional development that has been highly successful, not only in increasing teachers' knowledge and confidence in technology integration, but in changing the ways in which teachers think about and use a variety of technologies in their classrooms. Findings also suggest that ubiquitous computing environments afford unique teaching and learning opportunities that can be capitalized upon by ordinary classroom teachers.


Swan, K., Mazzer, P., Kratcoski, A., Schenker, J. & Lin, Y.M. (2005). Professional Development Situated in a Ubiquitous Computing Classroom. In P. Kommers & G. Richards (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2005--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 2712-2719). Montreal, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 18, 2021 from .



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