Mobile technologies supporting professional learning communities within pre-service teacher STEM education

Duncan Symons, Christine Redman, Jo Blannin

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Over a three-year period, academics from the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne, have partnered with a range of academics to facilitate an elective subject for pre-service teachers (PSTs). These academics include staff from the Faculty of Science (The University of Melbourne), the Victorian Space Science Education Centre (VSSEC) and the Gene Technology Access Centre (GTAC) Together we have sought to develop and strengthen their teaching in the area of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education. Students in this subject were supported to develop 21st century skills that enabled them to work effectively in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). Pre-service teachers observed and responded to each other’s teaching providing real time feedback using ‘Padlet’ (a readily available web based application). Following each lesson students used the resultant ‘Padlet’ data as a prompt to promote reflective discussion. We analyse excerpts of Pre-service teacher responses to an online survey as a means to gain some understanding of their perception of working in this way. Additionally, Padlet feedback was thematically analysed in an effort to understand how teacher candidates focussed their feedback and limitations of this approach to facilitating professional development. Through adoption of this tool, critical collaborative reflection was fostered.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTomorrow’s Learning: Involving Everyone: Learning with and about Technologies and Computing
Subtitle of host publication11th IFIP TC 3 World Conference on Computers in Education, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsArthur Tatnall, Mary Webb
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783319743103
ISBN (Print)9783319743097
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventIFIP World Conference on Computers in Education (WCCE) 2017 - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 3 Jul 20176 Jul 2017
Conference number: 11th (Proceedings)

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
ISSN (Print)1868-4238


ConferenceIFIP World Conference on Computers in Education (WCCE) 2017
Abbreviated titleWCCE 2017
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  • CSCL
  • Pre-service teachers
  • Professional learning communities
  • STEM education

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