Source: Educational Action Research, Volume 16, Issue 4 December 2008 , pages 481 - 493
This article explores the experiences of students who used interactive learning material on handheld computers in a gallery to support their understanding and appreciation of artwork. The article considers the wider implications of using technology to change relationships between teacher, learners and subject matter, and attempts to offer positive and pragmatic recommendations about the implementation of new technology into established educational contexts. Research was undertaken as part of the ICT Test Bed Project, set up by the DfES (UK Department for Education and Science) and funded by Becta (British Education Communications Technology Agency).
Initial findings from this project are likely to be of interest to those exploring how mobile technology can be used to support the Government's wider agenda for educational reform and offer a practitioner's critical perspective on the possibilities and challenges offered by their use.