Embedded use of iPads to enhance student engagement and retention in technical education

Alison Halstead

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    Abstract

    This paper focusses on attracting and retaining young people into technical disciplines. It introduces a new model of technical education from age 14 that the UK Government initiated in 2008. A concept of University led Technical Colleges (UTCs) for 14-19 year olds. These state supported schools, sponsored by a University, have technical curricula, technologically enabled learning environments and strong engagement with employers. As new schools they have been able to recruit outstanding staff that are conversant with the use of technology to enhance learning and all students have their own iPads. The Aston University Engineering Academy opened in September 2012 and a recent survey of staff, students and parents has provided both qualitative and quantitative data on the benefits to motivation and learning of these embedded iPads. The devices have also had advantages for the management of data on student achievement from a leadership, teaching staff and parental view point.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationRhetoric and reality
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings - ASCILITE 2014
    Pages529-533
    Number of pages5
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    Event31st annual conference of the Australian Society for Computers in Tertiary Education - Dunedin, New Zealand
    Duration: 23 Nov 201426 Nov 2014

    Conference

    Conference31st annual conference of the Australian Society for Computers in Tertiary Education
    Abbreviated titleASCILITE 2014
    CountryNew Zealand
    CityDunedin
    Period23/11/1426/11/14

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    Keywords

    • data management
    • iPads
    • student engagement
    • technical education

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    Halstead, A. (2014). Embedded use of iPads to enhance student engagement and retention in technical education. In Rhetoric and reality : Proceedings - ASCILITE 2014 (pp. 529-533)