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Mobile Learning: A Handbook for Developers, Educators, and Learners

Book Description

Explore the game-changing technology that allows mobile learning to effectively reach K-12 students

Mobile Learning: A Handbook for Developers, Educators and Learners provides research-based foundations for developing, evaluating, and integrating effective mobile learning pedagogy. Twenty-first century students require twenty-first century technology, and mobile devices provide new and effective ways to educate children.

But with new technologies come new challenges—therefore, this handbook presents a comprehensive look at mobile learning by synthesizing relevant theories and drawing practical conclusions for developers, educators, and students.

Mobile devices—in ways that the laptop, the personal computer, and netbook computers have not—present the opportunity to make learning more engaging, interactive, and available in both traditional classroom settings and informal learning environments. From theory to practice, Mobile Learning explores how mobile devices are different than their technological predecessors, makes the case for developers, teachers, and parents to invest in the technology, and illustrates the many ways in which it is innovative, exciting, and effective in educating K-12 students.

  • Explores how mobile devices can support the needs of students

  • Provides examples, screenshots, graphics, and visualizations to enhance the material presented in the book

  • Provides developers with the background necessary to create the apps their audience requires

  • Presents the case for mobile learning in and out of classrooms as early as preschool

  • Discusses how mobile learning enables better educational opportunities for the visually impaired, students with Autism, and adult learners.

  • If you're a school administrator, teacher, app developer, or parent, this topical book provides a theoretical, well-researched discussion of the pedagogical theory and mobile learning, as well as practical advice in setting up a mobile learning strategy.

    Table of Contents

    1. Cover Page
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright
    4. Contents
    5. Preface
    6. Acknowledgments
    7. CHAPTER 1: Changing Education with Mobile Learning
      1. A BRIEF HISTORY OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY: WHAT WILL REVOLUTIONIZE THE SYSTEM?
      2. MOBILE LEARNING: REACHING KIDS TODAY
      3. WHAT IS MOBILE LEARNING?
      4. BENEFITS AND CHALLENGES OF MOBILE LEARNING
      5. HOW TO MAKE MOBILE LEARNING WORK
      6. CONCLUSION
      7. NOTES
    8. SECTION 1: The Mobile Classroom
      1. CHAPTER 2: The Science of Learning
        1. INTRODUCTION
        2. INFORMATION PROCESSING AND LEARNING
        3. OTHER CRITICAL FACETS OF LEARNING
        4. IMPLICATIONS FOR MOBILE LEARNING
        5. CONCLUSION
        6. NOTES
      2. CHAPTER 3: What Is It about These Devices?
        1. CONNECTED
        2. AWARE
        3. MULTIMODAL
        4. FAMILIAR
        5. PERSONAL
        6. COMPREHENSIVE
        7. CONSOLIDATED
        8. PORTABLE
        9. RELEVANT
        10. SECURE
        11. CONCLUSION
        12. NOTES
      3. CHAPTER 4: Creating the Mobile Classroom
        1. THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS
        2. INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS
        3. PROBLEM-BASED, INQUIRY-BASED, AND EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
        4. ALTERNATIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS
        5. CONCLUSION
        6. NOTES
      4. CHAPTER 5: Higher-Order Thinking Skills and Digital Fluency
        1. HIGHER-ORDER THINKING SKILLS
        2. LEVERAGING MOBILE LEARNING
        3. CRITICAL THINKING
        4. CLASSROOMS FOR HIGHER-ORDER THINKING
        5. CONCLUSION
        6. NOTES
      5. CHAPTER 6: Instructional Management and Levels of Technology Access
        1. MOBILE LEARNING PROGRAMS
        2. LEVELS OF ACCESS IN THE MOBILE CLASSROOM
        3. 1:TEACHER
        4. 1:MANY
        5. 1:1
        6. Implementation Strategies
        7. BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE (BYOD)
        8. CONCLUSION
        9. NOTES
    9. SECTION 2: Creating the Mobile Learning Experience
      1. CHAPTER 7: Mobile Technology's Defining Features
        1. HARDWARE
        2. SOFTWARE
        3. ACCESSORIES
        4. CONCLUSION
        5. NOTES
      2. CHAPTER 8: The Educational App Development Process
        1. RESEARCH STAGE: IS IT A GOOD IDEA?
        2. BUILDING THE RIGHT TEAM: CAPTURING A VARIETY OF EXPERTISE
        3. BUILDING THE APP
        4. CASE STUDY: APP DEVELOPMENT AT SAS CURRICULUM PATHWAYS
        5. CONCLUSION
        6. NOTES
      3. CHAPTER 9: Design and User Experience
        1. DESIGNING A GREAT APP: MAKE IT EASY
        2. PUTTING GREAT DESIGN TO WORK
        3. CONCLUSION
        4. NOTES
      4. CHAPTER 10: Data, Evaluation, and Learning Analytics
        1. ASKING THE QUESTIONS
        2. GATHERING DATA
        3. SAMPLE DATA COLLECTION
        4. MOBILE DATA ANALYTICS: TURNING DATA INTO INFORMATION
        5. CONCLUSION
        6. NOTES
      5. CHAPTER 11: The Business of Educational Apps
        1. THE EDUCATIONAL APP MARKET IS …
        2. HOW TO SELL YOUR APP: PRICING MODELS
        3. HOW USERS BUY YOUR APP
        4. MARKETING
        5. CONCLUSION
        6. NOTES
    10. SECTION 3: Mobile Learning for Everyone
      1. CHAPTER 12: Informal Learning
        1. DEVELOPING LIFELONG LEARNERS
        2. BRIDGING FORMAL AND INFORMAL LEARNING
        3. CONCLUSION
        4. NOTES
      2. CHAPTER 13: Engaging Young Users: Apps for Preschoolers
        1. KEY SKILLS FOR PRESCHOOL APPS
        2. WHAT MAKES AN ENGAGING PRESCHOOL APP?
        3. CHALLENGES
        4. CONCLUSION
        5. NOTES
      3. CHAPTER 14: Making Accessible Apps: Autism and Visual Impairment
        1. INTRODUCTION
        2. ADVANTAGES OF THE IPAD FOR SPECIAL POPULATIONS
        3. AUTISM AND AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS (ASD)
        4. VISUAL IMPAIRMENT
        5. DEVELOPING ACCESSIBLE APPS
        6. CONCLUSION
        7. NOTES
      4. CHAPTER 15: Balancing Power: Data Use, Privacy, and Digital Citizenship
        1. PRIVACY
        2. Privacy Concerns
        3. PRIVACY LEGISLATION
        4. OPEN ISSUES
        5. What You Can Do
        6. DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP: TEACHING RESPONSIBLE USE
        7. Privacy for the App Developer
        8. CONCLUSION
        9. NOTES
      5. CHAPTER 16: Mobile Learning Today and Tomorrow
        1. INTRODUCTION
        2. MAKING MOBILE LEARNING WORK
        3. THE FUTURE
        4. CONCLUSION
        5. NOTES
      6. APPENDIX A: List of Apps by Chapter
      7. APPENDIX B: The Great App Checklist
        1. HOW TO USE THIS CHECKLIST
        2. THE GREAT APP CHECKLIST
        3. NOTES
    11. About the Authors