Perceived benefits of eduPAD in enhancing learning

Year: 2001

Author: Lourdusamy, Atputhasamy, Hu, Chun, Wong, Philip

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

The paper presents the findings on an evaluation of a proto-type hand-held electronic device that allows learners to access the Internet, communicate with each other and read textbooks stored on storage cards. The pilot project was carried out in a secondary school in Singapore. At the end of the trial period through survey and focus group interviews the benefits of this innovative device as perceived by the teachers and students were determined. Both the teachers and students expressed a positive attitude towards the use of an electronic device to enhance teaching and learning. However, they also pointed out that the barrier to the use of eduPAD device in the classrooms resulted mainly from technical problems, such as slow speed of loading and accessing time to the Internet. The students also said that the instructional approaches used in eduPAD classrooms were largely the same as those found in traditional classroom. The findings suggest that introduction of electronic devices per se into the classroom would not bring improvement in teaching and learning automatically. Teachers and students need to modify their teaching/learning strategies and make full use of the opportunities provided by such a device to do things otherwise not possible.