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A Seed for Future Adoption: Mobile-Filmmaking in The Secondary Science Classroom

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Mobile learning activities in the classroom offer affordances and strategies to address challenges in science education related to STEM engagement and digital technologies’ pedagogy. In this study, we draw on findings from the Science Video Project – where four middle-years’ classes in New Zealand researched, filmed, and edited short informational science videos on mobile devices. Previous research found this project to be a successful method to enhance students’ science engagement in the classroom and prepare them with future-ready skills. Utilising established mobile-adoption frameworks, we analysed participants’ experiences and how they affected teachers’ likelihood of adopting this mobile learning activity regularly. Findings indicate that students across all cases expressed high levels of digital literacy and low levels of ICT Anxiety about utilising mobile devices for film production. Teachers exhibited mixed initial concerns with the project regarding their own Digital Literacy, ICT Anxiety, and ICT Teaching Self-efficacy, which progressed to positive views by the end of the project. This indicates that teachers are likely to adopt such activities in the future, and suggests that this was in part due to students’ confidence with the task, as well as the ease and usefulness of implementation. We argue science mobile filmmaking utilises students’ existing digital literacy skills, and can act as an easy-to-implement seed project to overcome teachers’ concerns about learning with mobile devices.


Martin, K., Davis, L.S. & Sandretto, S. (2019). A Seed for Future Adoption: Mobile-Filmmaking in The Secondary Science Classroom. In Proceedings of World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning 2019 (pp. 54-61). Retrieved April 5, 2020 from .