Affordances and Constraints of Mobile Phone Use in English Language Arts Classrooms

Affordances and Constraints of Mobile Phone Use in English Language Arts Classrooms

Clarice M. Moran (Kennesaw State University, USA)
ISBN13: 9781799858058|ISBN10: 1799858057|EISBN13: 9781799858065|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-5805-8


Ask any English language arts (ELA) teacher about mobile phones in the classroom, and you will get a variety of reactions. From exasperation and eye rolls to eager discussions about digital apps, mobile phones elicit both consternation and celebration. The use of phones in the classroom is a controversial topic that has political ramifications. Some school districts seek to ban cell phones which they deem to be too distracting while others wish to implement them into the curriculum, seeing potential in their ability to engage students.

This edited book aims to shine a light on the controversial topic of mobile phones in the English language arts classroom. There have been many news articles, blog posts, and conversations about mobile phone use, but there has been very little published research on the specific benefits and constraints of the devices in ELA. Although much research has emerged involving the integration of technology and digital literacies in ELA, mobile phone use as a discrete construct has not been explored widely. This book will act as a guide and resource for practitioners, stakeholders, researchers, and students who are interested in learning more about the pluses and minuses of mobile phone use in ELA. Through the research of practitioners and scholars, the chapters in this book will examine learning outcomes, best practices, and practical applications for using mobile phones in ELA. The book will add to the body of literature on mobile phone use in secondary classrooms in general and stand as a unique resource on mobile phones in the language arts curriculum.

The target audience for this edited book is wide-ranging and includes: preservice and inservice English language arts teachers, teacher educators, researchers, administrators, librarians, and outside stakeholders. Although the content will focus on ELA, researchers and practitioners outside ELA will find the information relevant and the information will add to the current thinking about mobile phone use in classrooms in a variety of disciplines.

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