Learners and mobile devices

A two year national project funded by Ako Aotearoa in partnership with six New Zealand tertiary institutions, led by the Auckland University of Technology (AUT).The project investigated ways in which teachers could use mobile devices for the benefit of learners. It was based on a communities of practice model where teachers were equipped with mobile devices and then supported to learn about the affordances of the devices for making changes to practice and enhancing student learning.

Differences in digital access exist among young people from different socio-economic backgrounds including the number of digital devices in the home, the types of devices available, and whether the device(s) are shared or individually owned. These findings are particularly important in light of the finding that young people perceived that digital access and use at school is inadequate and lagging behind everyday use.