Title: Towards a deeper understanding of cell phones in schools: aligning school policy

Authors: Kay Fielden, Pam Malcolm

Addresses: School of Computing and Information Technology, Unitec New Zealand, Carrington Rd., Mt Albert, Auckland, New Zealand. ' North Shore Campus, 132 Hurstmere Rd., Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand

Abstract: In this qualitative research study conducted in 12 New Zealand secondary schools data was gathered on policy formation on a range of issues including: cell phone usage at school; mobile technology incorporated into learning; staff development; curriculum development; assessment, school and class management; and registration and enrolment. Participants included school principals, deans, heads of department, guidance officers, teachers and prior students. There appears to be limited use of cell phones for school-related learning, training and management activities.

Keywords: mobile technology; school policies; mobile learning; m-learning; cell phones; mobile phones; New Zealand; secondary education; e-learning; staff development; curriculum development; school management; class management; registration; enrolment.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMLO.2008.020316

International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation, 2008 Vol.2 No.3, pp.216 - 236

Published online: 15 Sep 2008 *

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