MiLK: Transforming everyday places into dynamic learning spaces with mobile and web technologies

Polson, Debra & Morgan, Colleen (2008) MiLK: Transforming everyday places into dynamic learning spaces with mobile and web technologies. In Traxler, John, Riordan, Brendan, & Dennett, Chris (Eds.) MLearn 2008 Conference. The Bridge from Text to Context., October 7-10th 2008, Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire UK.

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This paper explores how game authoring tools can teach processes that transform everyday places into engaging learning spaces. It discusses the motivation inherent in playing games and creating games for others, and how this stimulates an iterative process of creation and reflection and evokes a natural desire to engage in learning. The use of MiLK at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens is offered as a case in point. MiLK is an authoring tool that allows students and teachers to create and share SMS games for mobile phones. A group of South Australian high school students used MiLK to play a game, create their own games and play each other’s games during a day at the gardens. This paper details the learning processes involved in these activities and how the students, without prompting, reflected on their learning, conducted peer assessment, and engaged in a two-way discussion with their teacher about new technologies and their implications for learning. The paper concludes with a discussion of the needs and requirements of 21st century learners and how MiLK can support constructivist and connectivist teaching methods that engage learners and will produce an appropriately skilled future workforce.

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ID Code: 26093
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: mobile learning, user experience design, interaction design, game design, informal learning
ISBN: 9780956027207
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > OTHER INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (089900)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > TECHNOLOGY (100000) > COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES (100500)
Divisions: Past > Disciplines > Art & Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 School of Computing and Information Technology, University of Wolverhampton
Deposited On: 02 Jul 2009 04:06
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2014 05:34

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