Mobile education devices for preservice teachers

Document Type

Conference Proceeding


Australian Teacher Education Association


Faculty of Education and Arts


School of Education




This article was originally published as: Newhouse, C. P. (2006). Mobile education devices for preservice teachers. Proceedings of Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA) Conference. (pp. 246-252). Fremantle WA. Australian Teacher Education Association. Original article available here


Over the past three years students in the School of Education at Edith Cowan University have been involved in a number of exploratory projects involving the use of notebook style computers. This paper reports on the results of these projects. While generally the outcomes have been positive it is not clear that this is the preferred solution compared with the range of digital device options available. At this time it appears that either the comprehensive use of laptop computers or the use of PDAs in conjunction with desktop computers provides the best solution for teacher education programmes but at issue will be the .extent to which students are required to carry the costs. The experience in these exploratory projects has been that when the laptops were virtually free of cost to the students they were very positive but when required to bear the costs themselves they were far more critical of the potential benefits to themselves