Mobile Pedagogy and Perspectives on Teaching and Learning

Mobile Pedagogy and Perspectives on Teaching and Learning

Douglas McConatha (West Chester University, USA), Christian Penny (West Chester University of Pennsylvania, USA), Jordan Schugar (West Chester University, USA) and David Bolton (West Chester University, USA)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: July, 2013|Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 335
ISBN13: 9781466643338|ISBN10: 1466643331|EISBN13: 9781466643345|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4333-8


Distance learning has existed in some form for centuries, but modern technologies have allowed students and teachers to connect directly, no matter what their location, using the internet and mobile devices.

Mobile Pedagogy and Perspectives on Teaching and Learning explores the tools and techniques that enable educators to leverage wireless applications and social networks to improve learning outcomes and provide creative ways to increase access to educational resources. This publication is designed to help educators and students at every level optimize the use of mobile learning resources to enhance educational experience and improve the effectiveness of the learning process regardless of physical location.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Cloud Learning
  • Compatibility of Technology
  • Curriculum Development
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Differentiated Learning
  • Educational Constructivism
  • eReaders and Mobile Devices
  • Mobile Platforms
  • Open Source Learning
  • Self-Directed Learning

Reviews and Testimonials

Education researchers and practicing teachers explore pedagogy for teaching and learning over mobile devices such as smart phones and electronic pads and tablets. Among the topics are a case for situated-technology enhanced learning using net tables, Turkey's Fatih Project to provide electronic book readers for everyone, mobile technology and differentiated learning to meet the needs of students with significant disabilities, new demands for reading in the mobile Internet age, and why technology has made no major inroads into education in Ghana.

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Douglas McConatha is a professor, entrepreneur, civic activist, and an award winning teacher, as well as a founder or partner in a variety of Internet companies. He holds a PhD from the University of Utah and an MPH from Yale University, and has published more than 40 articles and three books dealing with aging, technology, and health.
Dr. Chris Penny is a Professor of Education at West Chester University and a graduate of Penn State University. In 2011 he won the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award for his excellence in the classroom, in 2007 he became an Apple Distinguished Educator, and in 2009 a Google Certified Teacher. His efforts in teaching and research have the focus of technology integration in education and he recently published an edited book titled Technology Leadership in Teacher Education: Integrated Solutions and Experiences. He has also published articles on eBook readers, eMentoring, 24/7 laptop access for teacher candidates, and ePortfolios. His most recent research revolves around the topic of mobile pedagogy. Outside of teaching and research, he serves on the Apple Distinguished Educator Advisory Board, is a proud parent of three amazing little boys, Conner, Liam, and Keagan, and believes that in a previous life he was a professional football (soccer) player.
Jordan Schugar is a former middle and high school English teacher who works at West Chester University where he teaches courses in the English, Literacy, and Professional & Secondary Education departments. His research interests include mobile pedagogies, eReading text comprehension, and figurative language. He has published articles in such journals as The Reading Teacher, The California Reader, and The Journal of Technology, Teaching, and Learning. Additionally, he has presented his work at local, state, and national conferences like the Keystone State Reading Association (KSRA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE). Dr. Schugar earned his doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Maryland, College Park and in 2013 he was named as an Apple Distinguished Educator.
David L. Bolton, Ph.D. graduated with his Master’s Degree in Research and Statistical Methodology from Andrews University in Michigan, and received his Ph.D. in Research and Measurement from Florida State University. He has been teaching Educational Technology, Evaluation and Measurement, research methods and statistics courses and workshops at West Chester University since 1991. An area of research interest for him has been the power of educational technology to engage students in the learning process, and he has presented on this topic at various conferences both domestic and overseas – most recently in Ghana, where he went to look into the possibility of arranging a telecollaborative exchange between West Chester University students and students from Ghana. He has been involved with mobile pedagogy since he joined with Dr. Penny, Dr. McConatha, and Dr. Schugar to study the power of mobile devices to transform the classroom.