Chapter 1: Introduction
This website is the companion site to an accompanying e-book:
In this book, we
describe and explore the uses of apps found on mobile devices--tablets and smart phones. We also include the uses of online sites or tools such as browser tools that can be used on tablets, smartphones or notebook computers. The latter, although not be characterized as “apps” per se, are employed to support uses of disciplinary literacies in ways similar to apps. Hence, when we use the terms apps, we mean both classes of tools. We explore in-depth the uses of these apps in supporting student learning in grades 5-12 as well as in college-level classrooms. We believe that the many apps available for use in the classroom provide you as teachers with important tools for learning in all subject matter areas. One caveat up front: There are too many apps with so many additional apps added even daily to critique and suggest teaching and learning opportunities for the majority of them. Also, many apps duplicate the same affordances and provide many of the same tools. One thing that we noted in organizing this text is that most of the affordances of apps are tied to the operating systems the apps are designed for. For example, we know of multiple apps that include tools for highlighting and annotating text and the tools work in a similar fashion due to the operating system behind the app. We will focus on apps that include the tools that we believe offer the best affordances in ways we deem accessible to students. Finally, because there are actually classes of apps that provide similar tools and affordances, we will focus on the affordances of the classes of apps and leave it to you to take your favorite app that includes the tools and apply what we discuss.