Using Network and Mobile Technology to Bridge formal and Informal Learning

Edited by

  • Guglielmo Trentin, CNR – Institute for Educational Technology, Italy
  • Manuela Repetto, Institute for Educational Technology, National Research Council, Italy

An ever-widening gap exists between how students and schools use communication technology. Using Network and Mobile Technology to Bridge Formal and Informal Learning introduces new methods (inspired by ‘pedagogy 2.0’) of harnessing the potential of communication technologies for teaching and learning. This book considers how attitudes towards network and mobile technology (NMT) gained outside the school can be shunted into new educational paradigms combining formal and informal learning processes. It begins with an overview of these paradigms, and their sustainability. It then considers the pedagogical dimension of formal/informal integration through NMT, moving on to teachers’ professional development. Next, the organizational development of schools in the context of formal and informal learning is detailed. Finally, the book covers the role of technologies supporting formal/informal integration into subject-oriented education.
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Book information

  • Published: February 2013
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-84334-699-9

Table of Contents

Tapping the motivational potential of mobile handhelds: Defining the research agenda; Using social network sites and mobile technology to scaffold equity of access to cultural resources; A mobile Web 2.0 framework: Reconceptualising teaching and learning; Facing up to it: Blending formal and informal learning opportunities in higher education contexts; Networked lives for learning: Digital media and young people across formal and informal contexts; Network and mobile technologies in education: A call for e-teachers; Networked informal learning and continuing teacher education; A conclusive thought: The opportunity to change education is, literally, at hand.