Literacy with Mobiles in Print-Poor Communities

Authored by: Sue Muller , Hilary Janks , James E. M. Stiles

The Routledge Handbook of Literacy Studies

Print publication date:  May  2015
Online publication date:  May  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415816243
eBook ISBN: 9781315717647
Adobe ISBN: 9781317510611


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The increased use of mobile devices in schools has produced a corresponding increase in research to theorise and understand the usefulness of these devices to promote learning. As in most new fields the nomenclature varies but the increasingly common term mEducation is used to denote how mobile devices are used to promote education (Masters 2005; Singh 2010). In this chapter we will focus on the sub-area we refer to as mLiteracy, which focuses on literacy practices made possible by hand-held technological devices such as smart phones and iPods, iPads and other tablets, which move with their users, and it considers the broad implications for education. According to Gee:

The emerging area of digital media and learning is not just the study of digital tools and new forms of convergent media, production and participation: as well as powerful forms of social organisation and complexity in popular culture, it can teach us how to enhance learning in and out of school and how to transform society and the global world as well.

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