Crossing Over Settings, Practices and Experiences: Connecting Learning in Museums and Classrooms
This chapter considers the potential of social and mobile technologies to support connecting formal aspects of learning with informal learning experiences that occur during museum visits with an aim to address one specific challenge, namely the need to understand and promote learning across school and out-of-school contexts. It draws on the concepts of ‘mobile pedagogy’ (Kukulska-Hulme et al., in Mobile pedagogy for English language teaching: A guide for teachers. British Council, London, 2015) and ‘crossover learning’ (Sharples et al., in Innovating Pedagogy 2015. Innovation Report 4, The Open University, 2015) to frame an empirical investigation that draws on the use of a microblogging technology (Twitter) by a Year 9 History class (13–14 s) from a secondary school in Milton Keynes during a trip to the Museum of London (http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/). Through specific examples it provides, the chapter emphasises the processes that may enable learning to occur across contexts and calls for pedagogical innovation where the design of seamless learning environments for crossover learning experiences should not be device- or tool-specific, rather be based on firm pedagogical understandings and blend of traditional and mobile pedagogies.
Many thanks to Emeritus Professor Mike Sharples for providing his insights on the concept of crossover learning.
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