Electronic Proceedings of the Twenty-sixth Annual International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics

San Antonio, Texas, March 20-23, 2014

Paper S001

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Assessing the Efficacy of Mobile Computing Platforms in Mathematics Education Via a Mobile Learning Usability Scale

John Ehrke



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ABSTRACT

Over the next decade, it is anticipated that mobile learning technologies will significantly impact the future of the graphing calculator platform. The impact of integrated devices (devices which blend productivity, social media, and computing) on educational design in mathematics remains largely unexplored. In this study, we analyze the results of a fall 2010 focused comparison of two sections of a first-year, general education mathematics course. Student performance data and student perceptions of usability are compared across two platforms: the MathStudio mobile computing app and the Texas Instruments TI-84 series of graphing calculators. Pedagogical implications of the case study results are assessed and discussed within the mathematics TPACK (technology pedagogy and content knowledge) framework.

Keyword(s): mobile platforms, pedagogy, graphing calculators