The potential of hand held computer technology to serve the needs of teacher education in African rural settings.
The study of teachers' use of hand held computers reported in this paper is part of DEEP's wider investigation of the impact of new technologies on teachers' practices. This evaluation aims to assess the possibilities and constraints afforded by the hand held computers, as well as to examine how use of this new tool impacts upon teachers' professional practice. This aspect of the broader study focusses on the following questions:
A) What are the benefits of using the hand held computer in a professional development context?
B) What are the limitations?
C) Does the use of the hand held computer change teachers' professional practices? Work in Egypt and South Africa is reported.
European Conference of Teacher Education, Crete, September 2004, 19 pp.