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Preparing Teacher Education Students to Integrate Mobile Learning into Elementary Education

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The wide adoption of mobile technology has greatly influenced K-12 education. In teacher education programs, it is necessary for educators to train teacher education students to use mobile technology for educational purpose. This paper reports an exploratory effort in preparing elementary education students for mobile learning. The participants’ perceptions of mobile learning and intended use of mobile technology were examined through the analyses of their online discussion posts, responses to survey items and their projects. Their perceived benefits of mobile learning, limitations of mobile technology, their intended implementation of mobile learning and the challenges they anticipated were reported. Implications and recommendations were discussed regarding the knowledge of mobile apps, pedagogical practices and some non-instructional issues.

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Bai, H. Preparing Teacher Education Students to Integrate Mobile Learning into Elementary Education. TechTrends 63, 723–733 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11528-019-00424-z

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