Using Mobile Media Devices and Apps to Promote Young Children’s Learning
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In this chapter we describe how mobile technologies, with a focus on smart phones, iPod touches, and iPads or other tablet devices and applications (apps), are transforming learning for young children. This chapter discusses young children’s experiences and learning with mobile media devices and apps. Key opportunities to seize mobile media devices’ unique attributes to improve learning are described. Along with their potential for helping children develop important skills come challenges in using mobile devices for learning that must be addressed. The use of assistive technologies and best practices of Universal Design for Learning provide a viable pathway for needed customization and personalization for young children with disabilities to succeed in using such new and innovative technologies. Finally, implications and insights for education and industry on how to promote young children’s learning via mobile devices and apps are addressed.
KeywordsApplications (apps) Disabilities Media devices Mobile technologies Young children
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