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Kontkanen, Sini; Dillon, Patrick; Valtonen, Teemu; Eronen, Lasse; Koskela, Hannu; Väisänen, Pertti – Education and Information Technologies, 2017
This research focuses on Finnish students' (n = 84) experiences of using personal iPads in their studies through 3 years of upper secondary schooling. It is based on results from one of the first schools in Finland where all the new students were provided with iPads at the start of their studies. Data consists of: (i) 127 short stories written by…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Student Experience, Handheld Devices
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Pöntinen, Susanna; Dillon, Patrick; Väisänen, Pertti – Education and Information Technologies, 2017
This research is a contribution to issues of digital technology use at the interface of formal and informal learning contexts. The research was conducted in the discourse tradition and investigates Finnish teacher training students' 'manners of speaking' as resources for, and obstacles to, making pedagogical changes in response to the potential of…
Descriptors: Student Teachers, Student Teacher Attitudes, Discourse Analysis, Informal Education
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Kukkonen, Jari; Dillon, Patrick; Kärkkäinen, Sirpa; Hartikainen-Ahia, Anu; Keinonen, Tuula – Education and Information Technologies, 2016
Scaffolding helps the novice to accomplish a task goal or solve a problem that otherwise would be beyond unassisted efforts. Scaffolding firstly aims to support the learner in accomplishing the task and secondly in learning from the task and improving future performance. This study has examined pre-service teachers' experiences of…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Teaching Methods, Technology Uses in Education, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique)
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Kontkanen, Sini; Dillon, Patrick; Valtonen, Teemu; Renkola, Sami; Vesisenaho, Mikko; Väisänen, Pertti – Education and Information Technologies, 2016
Many pre-service teachers are members of the net generation and are expected to be familiar with different ICTs, yet several studies have indicated that they are not necessarily able to use them for teaching and learning. The notion of teachers' technological pedagogical knowledge (TPK) is central to this concern. In this study we use the…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Information Technology, Technological Literacy, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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Valtonen, Teemu; Kontkanen, Sini; Dillon, Patrick; Kukkonen, Jari; Väisänen, Pertti – Education and Information Technologies, 2014
This study focuses on upper secondary and vocational level teachers as users of social software i.e. what software they use during their leisure and work and for what purposes they use software in teaching. The study is theorised within a technological pedagogical content knowledge framework, the emphasis is especially on technological knowledge…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Vocational Schools, Computer Software, Mass Media Use