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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 17, No. 3 (2021) open journal systems 

The role of teachers’ attitude towards the use of the tablet in the first-grade elementary classroom

Fabio Dovigo, Aarhus University

Schools have been increasingly paying attention to the rapid diffusion of new technologies as a means to improve the pupils’ learning experience. Research suggests that use of tablets in school are a particularly versatile technology, since they allow students to learn to manage the amount of information that they face nowadays. The iPad is one of the most used tablets in schools, which accounted for more than 75% of the global education market from around 2010. Nevertheless, the surveys aimed at confirming the actual benefits of the employment of this kind of tool, particularly in the first year of elementary school, are still limited. An aspect that needs to be analysed is the role that the teachers’ attitude plays, whether they are actually moving towards complementing their daily didactic practices with this tool, and the reasons why they decide, or not, to do so. Our study has therefore been aimed at analysing the school teachers’ attitude towards the introduction of the iPad in their teaching practice in the first-grade of elementary school system, and the positive and negative aspects found by them during their didactic experience with the tablet.

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International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology. ISSN: 1814-0556