This book is an inspirational message about what is possible and practical in the name of learning through mobile media. We present stories from a diverse set of educators, a microcosm of the landscape of mobile media learning.
Each author has found a way to create something new and beautiful in their own world. And though their results are exceptional, their surroundings are not. Most are not experts in high-technology, nor highly equipped. They get as far as they do by using what is at hand, in part by making use of accessible, free and open source software.
To provide both a deeper look into how these projects operate and a practical resource for those who want to join in, this book addresses most of these tools individually as well. Our detailed, down-to-earth accounts will not only be legible to newcomers but refreshingly forthright to those anxious to better understand educational experiments connecting learning and mobile media. Considering this work across many disciplines, age groups, and theaters, we also find a way toward an elusive truth, what mobile media learning might mean as a whole: what educators are after, the challenges they face, how they manage, what they and learners are getting from it all, and most importantly, what comes next. Beyond informing, we hope to encourage and provoke readers into creative action. We want your stories in our next book.