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The Use of Tablets in Secondary Schools and Its Relationship with Computer Literacy

Abstract : The use of new technologies has become increasingly important in the light of the rapid technological progress made in what is commonly referred to as the digital age. Schools are now facing the challenge of imparting digital competencies to their students in order to ensure their participation in the society. In this context, mobile technologies do not seem to be used on a regular basis in schools. The present paper aims to identify the relationship between the frequency of tablet computer use and students’ computer and information literacy (CIL), which currently constitutes a research gap. The data is gathered in a quasi-experimental design from an individual school in Germany. Drawing on data from tablet classes and control groups taught without tablet computers, the frequency of use and the students’ level of CIL are examined. While results suggest that (1) students in tablet classes use tablets significantly more often, (2) the control group’s level of CIL is higher than that of tablet class students, and (3) the theoretically established correlation between the use of tablet computers and CIL cannot be maintained, teachers indicate in interviews that there are indeed positive effects that go along with the use of tablet computers (4).
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Kerstin Drossel, Birgit Eickelmann. The Use of Tablets in Secondary Schools and Its Relationship with Computer Literacy. 11th IFIP World Conference on Computers in Education (WCCE), Jul 2017, Dublin, Ireland. pp.114-124, ⟨10.1007/978-3-319-74310-3_14⟩. ⟨hal-01762865⟩

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