“Tablets in Schools – Which School Practices are emerging?”
Associate Professor Dr. Tessy Cerratto Pargman
Stockholm Universty, Sweden
Abstract. Tablets are here to stay. Since their introduction into Swedish schools in 2012, tablets can be seen as an example of the few ICT tools that have really been embraced by school teachers in their everyday practice. In the ongoing research project “Purposeful learning activities across contexts” (PLACES) funded by the Swedish Research Council, we have delved into questions pertaining to the introduction of the tablets into the ecology of the elementary school classrooms. In particular, we have focused on teachers’ teaching practice. We have analyzed its organization vis-à-vis their syllabus objectives, pedagogic tasks, classrooms’ tools, space, time, learners’ tools, outcomes and resources. From an interest in knowing how tablets are participating and contributing to school practices, we have found the use of tablets reflects a multifariousness in teachers’ practices that is far from images painting tablets as all-powerful or/and self-determining tools (as it is often the case in the media or politicians’ discourse). In our studies grounded in 10 classroom observations, 20 interviews and 3 workshops with 10 teachers, we found the use of tablets in schools introduces changes that have brought teachers to : i-reinventing their teaching practices from performative understandings of learning and knowing but also changes II- strengthening learners’ discipline, training skills along with teacher’s control, power and authority. In my talk, I will exemplify these multifarious changes that call for a deeper understanding of i- multiple transformations that the use of tablets brings to teachers’ practices and ii- schools’ information infrastructure.
Tessy Cerratto Pargman is an associate professor (docent) of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) at Stockholm University (SU) in Sweden. My research belongs to the research field of human-computer interaction (HCI) and more in particular to the field of Education and Technology. I am interested in the relationship between writing, meaning and technology from socio-cultural and critical perspectives of literacy and tool use. I work with a particular focus on design, adoption and use of technologies for participatory and collaborative purposes. Since January of this year I am responsible for the research area “Designs for Learning” and I lead the research group technocultural practices at DSV, Stockholm university