Esposito & Martinez - Sowing the seeds of IL in the mobile wilderness: using creative mobile DL tools to cultivate active learning in secondary schools
Sowing the seeds of IL in the mobile wilderness: using creative mobileDL tools to cultivate active learning in secondary schoolsTia Esposito, Boston College High School, email@example.comAnna Martinez, Boston College High School, firstname.lastname@example.orgDeveloping secondary students’ IL skills in the vast mobile wilderness of informationtoday has become more challenging than ever for practitioners in the field. New DLtools offer creative pedagogical approaches for librarians to cultivate active learningof IL skills through mobility work in secondary classrooms.“The proliferation of mobile phones and access devices suggests the potential ofmobile learning. Students are already using mobile devices to communicate, accessand share information, conduct research, and analyze data. These devices are thegateway to digital learning.” (Alliance) The prolific use of mobile devices by youngadults grants librarians the unprecedented opportunity to meet students on commonground and offer quality IL instruction integrating the technology that students arealready using. The use of mobile devices by students in a classroom setting has beenshown to improve their academic experience as well as providing them with a morepersonalized learning experience with the ability to control their learning environment(Schaffhauser 2011). These new DL tools if used in conjunction with each other andin collaborative research projects, place the focus of learning on the learners withguidance from the teaching librarian.This presentation will explore the application of these mobile communication andcollaboration tools for education in secondary school library settings. The aim of thepresentation is to foster an understanding of how these new mobile DL tools in alibrarian’s toolbox can enhance secondary student IL experiences. Using the strategyof mixing guidance and active learning without a traditional lecture on library skills orbibliographic instruction, the students are actively engaged in a group research projectwhile at the same time discovering, processing, and applying information that may beused in the library or remotely with mobile apps.ReferencesAlliance for Excellent Education (2011) Center for Secondary School DigitalLearning and Policy. Washington D.C.Johnston, H. and Wellner C. (2011) Utilizing Blended Learning to increase cohortgraduation, access to courses and college rediness and awareness. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.Schaffhauser, D. (2011) Mobile Initiatives ‘Breaking Down the Walls of theClassroom’ at Abilene Christian U. Campus Technology.Smith, A. (2010) Mobile Access 2010. Washington D.C.: Pew Research Center.http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/Mobile-Access-2010.aspx (Retrieved 24October 2011)
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