Mobile Makes Learning Free

Building Conceptual, Professional and School Capacity

Boris Handal, The University of Notre Dame, Australia

A volume in the series: Current Perspectives on Applied Information Technologies. Editor(s): Gene V Glass, Arizona State University. Charalambos Vrasidas, Centre for the Advancement of Research & Development in Educational Technology.

Published 2015

The book provides new conceptual frameworks to understand good practice in the field of mobile learning. The book fills a gap in the current literature by drawing on examples of best practice from leading schools in the United States, Canada and Australia.

The author visited thirty educational sites and interviewed over 100 eminent teachers, principals, district superintendents and academics in the three aforementioned countries to study the implementation of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets in teaching and learning.

During that period evidence and exemplars on issues that currently challenge educators worldwide such as modern pedagogies, digital citizenship, institutional change, equity and professional development were collected. The book presents a large number of case studies illustrating an effective integration of mobile learning and other technologies into the curriculum.

The contents include topics that are at the core of current attempts by educators to meet the demands of 21st century learning.

The book
- Addresses issues related to the delivery of mobile learning (e.g., smartphones, tablets)

- Presents real life scenarios from leading practitioners in the United States, Canada and Australia

- Introduces a four‐conversion model for whole‐school school transformation

- Provides principals with practical strategies to create effective communities of practice

- Provides teachers with best practice examples and recommendations for using mobile devices in teaching and learning

- Suggests practical activities and insights as to how to implement digital citizenship in schools

The Long Road to Mobile Learning. The Grasshopping Mind. The Ecology of Mobile Learning: What Are the Competing Agendas?. The BYOD Game: How Much Freedom Should Students Have?. Mobile Learning Strategies. Mobile Learning Wraps. Digital Citizenship ‐ the New Citizenship. The Four School Conversions – the KITE Model. Kids as Players and Collaborators. Interest Groups as Community Mobilizers. Teachers as Learning Professionals. Executives as Change‐Enablers. Putting it All Together.

"Boris Handal, in contextualising the mobile learning movement, refers to it as the culmination of a dream and reminds us that one of its goals is to change the role of teachers by unburdening them from their place as sage on the stage. His book attempts to situate mobile learning within conceptual frameworks to guide future research and discussions of best practices. ... At the end of the book, it is clear that the author has produced a case for the teacher as a learning professional. The teacher who embraces mobile learning technologies must also be reflective and thoughtful about the integration of pedagogy with technology.
" Michael McVey Eastern Michigan University in Intl Review of Education (Read full review)