Author(s): R. Wood
The advent of third generation phones and the prospect of increased speed in
data transfer have developed further opportunities for both learners and teachers
to meet together, access and exchange information in virtual spaces whilst on the
As part of a small pilot study, the potential for third generation smart phones
to enhance teaching and learning processes is currently being analysed and
Five lecturers within the School of Education are each documenting
their use and experience of such devices with particular focus upon the role of
the teacher in designing, managing and evaluating potential learning
Prior to purchasing mobile phones, the lecturers engaged in
discussion surrounding the range of features and their potential to support
teaching and learning activities.
Furthermore, during the initiation of this project,
discussions surrounding the use of mobile phone technology within initial
teacher education prompted further questions surrounding the professionality of
teachers and the nature of professional development.
This paper will therefore reflect upon a developing understanding of
professional practice in light of mobile learning opportunities and consider the
theoretical perspectives and rationale surrounding the decisions to pilot such a
mobile phones, pedagogy, networks, communities of practice,
multimedia, education professional.
The School of Education at Kingston University offers one year full-time
postgraduate and three year full-time undergraduate programmes which aim to
prepare students to teach in either the secondary or the primary school context.
During the course of their studies students enrolled on the postgraduate
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Paper DOI: 10.2495/IS060061
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This paper can be found in the following bookThe Internet Society II: Advances in Education, Commerce & Governance Buy