Mobile Civic Learning and Play in the Real World


Screen Shot 2014-08-12 at 2.23.28 PMCivic life occurs on physical streets, and in community groups.  Mobile media can help learners connect to local places, moving students through physical space in parks or at school.  Often youth are particularly excited to engage with civic issues in their own communities and families. Games and play with mobile media provide one way to structure this kind of activity.  Games are perhaps most interesting when they go beyond raw screens to facilitate engagement that is physical and social.  In this webinar for the Mobile Learning Explorations community, Benjamin Stokes and Jim Mathews examined several mobile activities, including a mix of mapping, citizen science, journalism, storytelling and even civic performance.  Benjamin and Jim shared how to look beyond the technology to design “mobile activities” that situate engagement for civic learning.  They also showed how youth can be designers of geo-locative experiences based on community research and their personal experiences of place.  View the webinar to learn how to approach and design for mobile civic learning with your students.

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Mobile Learning Explorations is a professional learning community (PLC) where educators and industry experts explore the potential of laptops, tablets, and other hand-held devices to enrich learning, to bridge the digital divide, and to extend learning beyond the traditional school day.  This program is co-hosted by ISTE MLN, and SIIA.

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