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Apps, Technology and Younger Learners
International evidence for teaching

ISBN 9781138927889
Published October 26, 2016 by Routledge
326 Pages

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Book Description

This book provides an in-depth analysis of the challenges, potential and theoretical possibilities of apps and considers the processes of change for education and home learning environments. Drawing together a diverse team of international contributors, it addresses the specific features, context of use and content of apps to uncover the importance of these tools for young children’s learning.

Apps, Technology and Younger Learners focuses on ways that apps support early years and primary school learning, connect various learning spaces and engage children in a range of edutainment and knowledge-building activities. In each chapter, the current state of knowledge and key research questions in the field for future study are identified, with clear messages provided at the end of each chapter.

Focusing on empirical studies and strong theoretical frameworks, this book covers four key parts:

  • Understanding the learning potential of children’s apps;
  • Key app challenges;
  • Empirical evidence;
  • Future avenues.

This book is an essential guide for educators, post-graduate students, researchers and all those interested in the advantages or challenges that may result from integrating apps into early education.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Understanding the learning potential of children’s apps

1. Apps and learning: A sociocultural perspective

Roger Säljö

2. Learning from apps in the home: Parents and play

Jenny Radesky & Barry Zuckerman

3. First principles of teaching reading with e-Books in the primary grades

Kathleeen Roskos

Part 2: Key app challenges

4. Reading between the lines: Market scan and analysis of language and literacy-focused children’s apps

Sarah E. Vaala

5 Teaching and learning with tablets: A case study of 21st century skills and new learning

Nicola Yelland

6. App Maps: Evaluating children's iPad software for 21st century literacy learning

Karen E. Wohlwend and Jennifer Rowsell

7. Touch design and narrative interpretation: A social semiotic approach to picture book apps

Sumin Zhao and Len Unsworth

8. Put their learning in their hands: Apps supporting self-regulated learning

Julie Mueller, Karin Archer, Eileen Wood and Domenica De Pasquale

Part 3: Empirical evidence

9. The use of tablet technology to support development of early mathematical skills: A cross-cultural comparison

Nicola J Pitchford and Laura Outhwaite

10. "Makes learning easier – they’re active": Using apps in early years mathematics

Nigel Calder

11. Adults and children make meaning together with E-books

Kathrin Rees, Susan Rvachew and Aparna Nadig

12. Literacy teaching with tablets in bilingual primary classrooms: The Malta Tablet study

Charles l. Mifsud and Louisa Grech

13. iPad-supported learning and development for a child with mild cerebral palsy

Elaine Khoo

14. Enhancing science learning with BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) in a primary school in Hong Kong

Yanjie Song and Wai Ying Ku

15. Bringing Pudsey to Life: Young children’s use of augmented reality apps

Jackie Marsh and Dylan Yamada-Rice

16. Young Children in an Education Context: Apps, cultural agency and expanding communicative repertoires

Karen Daniels

Part 4: Future Avenues

17. Digital play: Conceptualising the relation between real, augmented and virtual realities

Marilyn Fleer

18. iPads, apps and student thinking skill development

Garry Falloon

19. Trans- and intra- apps: innovating the app market and use

Natalia Kucirkova

20. A model of mobile knowledge building with apps for pre-service teacher education

Kevin Burden

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Natalia Kucirkova is Senior Lecturer in Childhood, Youth and Education Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

Garry Falloon is Associate Professor in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the University of Waikato, New Zealand.