Learning when out and about

Gaved, Mark; Peasgood, Alice and Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes (2018). Learning when out and about. In: Luckin, Rose ed. Enhancing Learning and Teaching with Technology: What the research says. London: UCL Institute of Education Press, pp. 76–80.

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Mobile digital devices such as tablet computers and smartphones (mobile phones that can run apps and access the Internet), enable learners to access learning materials while out and about during their daily lives. This enables networked digital learning to move from beyond the classroom and to become part of everyday routines. Smartphones and tablets are increasingly likely to be the first devices a wide range of people will turn to for technology enhanced learning, incorporated into their everyday activities and carried with them. Learning becomes ubiquitous, making use of ‘domesticated’ technologies that serve a variety of purposes in daily life.
In this chapter, we consider how smartphones can trigger location specific learning resources to support adults learning languages when out and about, and consider two projects, MASELTOV and SALSA.
There has been increased interest in exploring the potential of ‘smart cities’ – urban environments with high-tech infrastructures – to support learning. We look at an example, the SALSA project, where a combination of smartphones, location-based technologies and learning resources has been used to prompt language learners, and to understand whether this motivates them to extend their learning.

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