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Enhancing Fieldwork Learning Using Mobile Technologies

  • Derek France
  • W. Brian Whalley
  • Alice Mauchline
  • Victoria Powell
  • Katharine Welsh
  • Alex Lerczak
  • Julian Park
  • Robert S. Bednarz

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Ecology book series (BRIEFSECOLOGY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Derek France, W. Brian Whalley, Alice Mauchline, Victoria Powell, Katharine Welsh, Alex Lerczak et al.
    Pages 1-16
  3. Derek France, W. Brian Whalley, Alice Mauchline, Victoria Powell, Katharine Welsh, Alex Lerczak et al.
    Pages 17-26
  4. Derek France, W. Brian Whalley, Alice Mauchline, Victoria Powell, Katharine Welsh, Alex Lerczak et al.
    Pages 27-46
  5. Derek France, W. Brian Whalley, Alice Mauchline, Victoria Powell, Katharine Welsh, Alex Lerczak et al.
    Pages 47-64
  6. Derek France, W. Brian Whalley, Alice Mauchline, Victoria Powell, Katharine Welsh, Alex Lerczak et al.
    Pages 65-84
  7. Derek France, W. Brian Whalley, Alice Mauchline, Victoria Powell, Katharine Welsh, Alex Lerczak et al.
    Pages 85-99
  8. Derek France, W. Brian Whalley, Alice Mauchline, Victoria Powell, Katharine Welsh, Alex Lerczak et al.
    Pages 101-114
  9. Derek France, W. Brian Whalley, Alice Mauchline, Victoria Powell, Katharine Welsh, Alex Lerczak et al.
    Pages 115-137
  10. Derek France, W. Brian Whalley, Alice Mauchline, Victoria Powell, Katharine Welsh, Alex Lerczak et al.
    Pages 139-149
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 151-156

About this book

Introduction

Since the introduction of the iPad in 2010, tablet computers and other mobile devices have made broad inroads in education. Apple’s iPads, and devices made by Samsung, Microsoft, Lenovo, Xperia and others, including many smartphones, have risen beyond simple consumption of web and video content. Their utility is extended and multiplied by a proliferation of application programs – apps. Using a wide variety of apps, tablets now offer exceptional educational opportunities for both teacher and student.

 

This book offers examples of the ways that mobile technologies, fuelled with a collection of apps and sparked by the leadership of a creative tutor, can significantly enhance education in general, and especially fieldwork. In a remote valley or a seminar room, done individually or in a team, fieldwork offers unrivalled opportunities for active learning. Tablets, with their high definition displays, long battery life and built-in photo, video and sound recording ability, can serve as notebooks, e-book readers and much more.  Accordingly, students can develop their individual or Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) and link these with their colleagues in Group Learning Environments (GLEs).

 

This book shows how tablets (and smartphones) using a variety of selected ‘apps’, can enhance fieldwork and other out-of-classroom activities. The authors review imaginative uses of tablets from their own project and as well as examples from other colleagues. To help readers keep abreast of new technology and innovative ways to use it, the book is supported by a web site and a social media community.

 

The book shows how to make the most creative use of the

capabilities of tablets, including:

- Note taking and recording

- Capturing and utilizing still images, video and sound

- Data collection, sharing and processing

- Mapping, geo-referencing and geotagging

- Networking and communicating

 

Much more than just a survey of rapidly developing hardware and apps, the book empowers educators to develop novel pedagogic approaches that make the most of digital technologies to enhance fieldwork teaching and learning.

Keywords

Digital Learning Fieldwork Innovative pedagogy Learning Environments Mobile Technologies

Authors and affiliations

  • Derek France
    • 1
  • W. Brian Whalley
    • 2
  • Alice Mauchline
    • 3
  • Victoria Powell
    • 4
  • Katharine Welsh
    • 5
  • Alex Lerczak
    • 6
  • Julian Park
    • 7
  • Robert S. Bednarz
    • 8
  1. 1.Dept. Geography & Int’l DevelopmentUniversity of ChesterChesterUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of GeographyUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.School of Agriculture, Policy & Devel. The University of ReadingReadingUnited Kingdom
  4. 4.Dept. Geography & Int’l DevelopmentUniversity of ChesterChesterUnited Kingdom
  5. 5.Dept. Geography & Int’l DevelopmentUniversity of ChesterChesterUnited Kingdom
  6. 6.Dept. Geography & Int’l DevelopmentUniversity of ChesterChesterUnited Kingdom
  7. 7.Agricultural Systems and EducationThe University of Reading Earley GateReadingUnited Kingdom
  8. 8.Department of GeographyTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-20967-8
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-20966-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-20967-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-4759
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-4767
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