This paper explores the role of technologies in supporting informal science learning from seven perspectives. Together, the authors ask a common question: How can learning technologies-tools, spaces, and places-be designed to support learners within and across environments? Eight exemplars are offered to answer this question through an analysis of a specific instance of technology in a non-school environment. Collectively, the authors examine the role of tools that support: access to and distribution of information; scaffolds to help learners tackle complex tasks and deeper understandings; bridging learning across contexts; feedback and reflection; extension of learning experiences in a temporal way; aggregations of visible knowledge, social interaction, facilitation of social practices, personalized learning, and the breakdown of epistemic authority. The authors and two discussants reflect on the methodological innovation, technological advancement, and collaborations needed to move research in this area forward.
|Number of pages||7|
|State||Published - 2010|
|Event||9th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2010 - Chicago, IL, United States|
Duration: Jun 29 2010 → Jul 2 2010
|Conference||9th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2010|
|Period||06/29/10 → 07/2/10|