Learning Activities Mediated by Mobile Technology: Best Practices for Informatics Education

Gabriela Lovászová, Martin Cápay, Viera Michaličková


Mobile devices with all their advanced features (the networking and multimedia capabilities, portability, intuitive interfaces, location awareness etc.) enable teachers to involve students in learning activities that may bring the formal school environment closer to real-world contexts, provide the attractive and personalized learning experiences as well as enhance the collaboration, creativity and productivity of learners substantially. Thanks to the long-term national projects concerned with mobile technology and its successful adaption as an effective learning tool, teaching practice in Slovak primary and secondary schools is getting better. However, the integration of tablets and smartphones is still rather intuitive or even improper. Within the informatics education, lessons usually take place in a computer laboratory, so the innovative mobile scenarios are considered less frequently. This paper provides an overview of the potential of tablet devices to support learning. This paper presents the sum of general and specific use cases targeting the learning objectives stated by the Informatics curriculum. They were implemented during the regular lessons, non-formal workshops or summer camps and comprise both, the indoor and outdoor scenarios. They focus on informatics concepts and were designed to foster computational thinking. Mobile technology is used to facilitate the active construction of knowledge and development of new skills.


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Paper Citation

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Lovászová G., Cápay M. and Michaličková V. (2016). Learning Activities Mediated by Mobile Technology: Best Practices for Informatics Education . In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 2: CSEDU, ISBN 978-989-758-179-3, pages 394-401. DOI: 10.5220/0005862303940401

in Bibtex Style

author={Gabriela Lovászová and Martin Cápay and Viera Michaličková},
title={Learning Activities Mediated by Mobile Technology: Best Practices for Informatics Education},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 2: CSEDU,},

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JO - Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 2: CSEDU,
TI - Learning Activities Mediated by Mobile Technology: Best Practices for Informatics Education
SN - 978-989-758-179-3
AU - Lovászová G.
AU - Cápay M.
AU - Michaličková V.
PY - 2016
SP - 394
EP - 401
DO - 10.5220/0005862303940401