Tablet Computer Applications in Learning Skills for Active Citizenship

ID: 43240 Type: Full Paper: Conceptual & Empirical Study
  1. Virpi Hirvensalo and Mika Sihvonen, University of Tampere, Finland

Thursday, June 26 4:00-4:30 PM

Presider:
Sharon Hardof-Jaffe, Tel-Aviv University, School of Education, Israel

In this paper we examine tablet based computer applications related to the information of locations and physical space. The main purpose of this paper is to enlighten and explore the role of tablet based computer when learning skills for active citizenship. In this approach, we are interested in the application features that can have educational value when the knowledge is built on the urban locations, outside the classroom. This learning relates skills of social geocommunication, which are important when taking part to municipal decision-making process, for instance. This analysis is based on a framework that classifies the application features into different categories by their nature of supporting learner’s knowledge construction. We argue that there are plenty of educational possibilities in contemporary digital environment combined with the free or inexpensive applications of handheld devices. Once the learner is able to construct and express the location-based knowledge by tablet

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