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Create, Transform, and Share: Empowering Creativity and Self-Expression through Mobile Learning

Create, Transform, and Share: Empowering Creativity and Self-Expression through Mobile Learning
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Author(s): Maria Ranieri (University of Florence, Italy) and Isabella Bruni (Italian Association for Media Education (MED), Italy)
Copyright: 2016
Pages: 21
Source title: Mobile and Blended Learning Innovations for Improved Learning Outcomes
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): David Parsons (The Mind Lab by Unitec, New Zealand)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0359-0.ch009

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Abstract

This chapter explores the potential of mobile learning for creativity in formal and informal contexts of learning with a focus on media production and self-expression. In doing so it attempts to move beyond binary views around the nature of creativity and the role of technologies for creative learning. It presents the literature on how creativity and its relationship with technologies have been conceptualized, especially in education, and provides the theoretical underpinnings that supported the study. In particular, it refers to the Vygotskyan perspective of creativity as a transformative (social) process of culture and the self, and looks at digital technologies' affordances to reflect on their potential for learning. It describes three projects addressing young people and entailing the creation of digital artefacts through mobile devices. It highlights learners' and teachers' perspectives and shows how mobile devices can serve as cultural resources that young people may use for meaning making and transforming themselves.

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