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ERIC Number: EJ1061336
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1055-8896
Enhancing Children's Outdoor Learning Experiences with a Mobile Application
Rikala, Jenni
Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, v24 n2 p139-159 Apr 2015
This paper examines how a mobile learning application can enhance children's outdoor learning experiences. The study draws upon empirical evidence gathered in one case study conducted in a Finnish primary school setting in the fall of 2012. The data were collected with student and teacher surveys. The case study indicated that the mobile application provided children with tangible, motivating, and educative experiences. The mobile application also clearly encouraged social interaction. In addition, the case study highlighted the significance of pedagogy. Thus the appropriate way to utilize mobile applications in an educational context requires a balance in which the technology use is complemented with the curriculum, pedagogical goals, the children's needs, and human interaction. [This is an invited paper from the World Conference on Educational Media and Technology, Tampere, Finland, Jun 23-26, 2014.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland