Digital learning has been slow to take off, in part because computers and smart phones lack features that can truly make technology-assisted learning engaging, interactive, and widely available. Tablets are poised to change all that. Their size, price, touch-based interfaces, and endless flexibility make them perfect for use in K-12 classrooms. However, the few educational apps developed to date have not taken full advantage of the tablet's educational potential. The reason for this has been a lack of communication and mutual understanding between K-12 teachers and mobile app developers. The authors of 'Mobile Learning' have identified this critical gap and have written this book to bring teachers and developers together in conversation. Teachers, education leaders, and developers alike need to get on the same page when it comes to the opportunities and challenges of educating students in a digital world. Dozens of interviews with in-service educators, along with decades of development experience and thorough academic research, form the basis for the ideas presented in 'Mobile Learning.' Readers are introduced to the possibilities that mobile devices offer in both traditional and informal learning environments. The authors' rich discussion of how students learn creates a synoptic view of the contemporary educational landscape, allowing readers to orient themselves in ways that will be of the greatest benefit to today's students. Without a clear definition of what makes a good mobile education app, we risk subjecting students to technology for technology's sake. Countless educators have already made this mistake, striving to bring mobile learning into the classroom without a clear sense of what makes mobile learning work. In this book, the authors--a team of educational software experts at SAS--develop a framework that will orient app development and provide teachers with a way to gauge whether current and future apps meet their students' needs. Explore the game-changing technology that allows mobile learning to effectively reach K-12 students 'Mobile Learning: A Handbook for Developers, Educators and Learners' provides research-based foundations for developing, evaluating, and integrating effective mobile learning pedagogy. Twenty-first century students require twenty-first century technology, and mobile devices provide new and effective ways to educate children. But with new technologies come new challenges--therefore, this handbook presents a comprehensive look at mobile learning by synthesizing relevant theories and drawing practical conclusions for developers, educators, and students. Mobile devices--in ways that the laptop, the personal computer, and netbook computers have not--present the opportunity to make learning more engaging, interactive, and available in both traditional classroom settings and informal learning environments. From theory to practice, 'Mobile Learning' explores how mobile devices are different than their technological predecessors, makes the case for developers, teachers, and parents to invest in the technology, and illustrates the many ways in which it is innovative, exciting, and effective in educating K-12 students. Explores how mobile devices can support the needs of students Provides examples, screenshots, graphics, and visualizations to enhance the material presented in the book Provides developers with the background necessary to create the apps their audience requires Presents the case for mobile learning in and out of classrooms as early as preschool Discusses how mobile learning enables better educational opportunities for the visually impaired, students with Autism, and adult learners. If you're a school administrator, teacher, app developer, or parent, this topical book provides a theoretical, well-researched discussion of the pedagogical theory and mobile learning, as well as practical advice in setting up a mobile learning strategy. A Handbook for Improving Education by Delivering on the Promise of Mobile Learning For educators and developers alike, mobile technologies represent a significant source of untapped potential. The authors of 'Mobile Learning' have taken on the important task of creating alignment among teachers, developers, and learners, helping you contribute to the next phase in both classroom and informal education. In this book, you'll learn how the science of learning can guide you in the goal of supporting learning with educational apps designed for tablets. 'Mobile Learning' serves as a guide to every step in the process of building transformative mobile learning--from development business models, design principles, and best practices to logistical guidance for the safe, effective, and responsible use of mobile apps in the classroom. Resources like The Great App Checklist will help you determine whether apps meet the needs of your audience, whether you're developing the apps yourself or using them with students. 'Mobile Learning' is the only book to bring the goals of educators and developers into alignment for the good of students. The research-based ideas in 'Mobile Learning' frame the issue of technology in the classroom in a uniquely balanced and effective way. Read this book to learn just how far-reaching the potential of educational apps are, particularly for preschool and special populations. If today's students are to succeed in the marketplace after graduation, educators must address higher-order thinking skills and digital literacy. In 'Mobile Learning,' you'll discover how teachers and developers can work together to meet the most urgent educational needs of our time.