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Beyond Innovation in mobile Learning:Towards Sustainability in Schools.

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About the book. Mobile Learning: The Next Generation documents the most innovative projects in context-aware mobile learning in order to develop a richer theoretical understanding of learning in modern mobile-connected societies. Context-aware mobile learning takes advantage of cell phone, mobile, and pervasive personal technologies to design learning experiences that exploit the richness of both indoor and outdoor environments. These technologies detect a learner's presence in a particular place, the learner's history in that place or in relation to other people and objects nearby, and adapt learning experiences accordingly, enabling and encouraging learners to use personal and social technologies to capture aspects of the environment as learning resources, and to share their reactions to them.

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... Since the emergence of the Apple and IBM PCs in the late 1970s and early 1980s, a substantial body of research has investigated the potential of bringing information and communication technologies (ICT) into education. Today, there are still some obstacles related to the understanding of how different ICT tools, especially mobile devices (ie, tablets, PDAs, phones and MP3 players) are introduced into established school practices (Cerratto Pargman & Milrad, 2016). ...
... New insights into collaborative mobile learning 229 as an active school leadership that mentors and encourages teachers to discuss and reflect on their current practices and their eventual transformations (Cerratto Pargman & Milrad, 2016). ...
... Fifth, most of the studies on collaborative mobile learning have been carried out as research interventions and/or conducted in contexts that have been carefully designed and orchestrated by researchers (Cerratto Pargman & Milrad, 2016). The present study differs from those and complements them because it accounts for how collaborative mobile learning emerges and is mediated by mobile devices in authentic, everyday classroom conditions. ...
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... Mainstream research on mobile technology and media tablets in the area of education has so far focused on the implications of using mobile devices in formal learning activities [1,2]. Roschelle et al. [3], and Chou, Block and Jesness, [4], have for example, reported on a correlation between use of mobile devices and enhancement of student engagement as well as progress of students' achievement. ...
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