1st Edition

Using Apps for Learning Across the Curriculum
A Literacy-Based Framework and Guide

ISBN 9781138782631
Published October 24, 2014 by Routledge
293 Pages

USD $56.95

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Book Description

How can apps be used to foster learning with literacy across the curriculum? This book offers both a theoretical framework for considering app affordances and practical ways to use apps to build students’ disciplinary literacies and to foster a wide range of literacy practices.

Using Apps for Learning Across the Curriculum

  • presents a wide range of different apps and also assesses their value
  • features methods for and apps related to planning instruction and assessing student learning
  • identifies favorite apps whose affordances are most likely to foster certain disciplinary literacies
  • includes resources and apps for professional development
  • provides examples of student learning in the classroom

A website (www.usingipads.pbworks.com) with resources for teaching and further reading for each chapter, a link to a blog for continuing conversations about topics in the book (appsforlearningliteracies.com), and more enhance the usefulness of the book.



Richard Beach is Professor Emeritus, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Minnesota, USA.

David O’Brien is Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Minnesota, USA.

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Richard Beach

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"Because most of the other books in this field are solely print based, a website (www.usingipads.pbworks.com) and a link to each of the 12 chapters' blogs both enhance the knowledge and skills of the classroom teacher for professional development and provide resources for their classroom planning… Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers." - D. Pellegrino, University of Scranton, in CHOICE, May 2015

"The authors take an eminently practical approach, informed by several of the most important perspectives in our field today: literacy as social practice, literacy and learning affordances, and multi-modal learning contexts. This book and the accompanying wiki will delight you with an extensive array of new apps and new ideas that you can use immediately in your classroom."

Donald J. Leu, Neag Endowed Chair in Literacy and Technology at the Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut

"This book is well-suited to provide educators with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to use iOS and Android apps in the classroom. Most of the other books in this field are solely print-based, or do not contain the mix of theory and practice, or do not include sound scholarship and online resources. Using Apps for Learning Across the Curriculum contains all of these elements and more."

W. Ian O'Byrne, Assistant Professor of Education and Coordinator of the Sixth Year Diploma in Instructional Technologies and Digital Media Literacy, University of New Haven