Journal of Science Education and Technology

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 212–214 | Cite as

Eric Klopfer: Augmented Learning: Research and Design of Mobile Educational Games

A Review
  • Diane Jass Ketelhut

The history of educational technologies is one of ups, downs and far too many ‘no significant effects.’ Resnick (2002) writes “In most places where new technologies are being used in education today, the technologies are used simply to reinforce outmoded approaches to learning…ideas about and approaches to teaching and learning remain largely unchanged” (p. 32). To properly investigate the impact of these technologies, a holistic approach to investigating their uses is needed—an approach that looks not only at what they can replace, but what affordances they bring and how they can shape the learning and teaching that takes place in the classroom.

Into this environment comes Eric Klopfer’s Augmented Learning, published by the MIT Press in 2008. Klopfer’s stated goal for Augmented Learning, to describe “the educational and gaming landscapes” in which mobile learning games are located, directly responds to Resnick’s critique. In Augmented Learning,Klopfer situates us in the larger...


  1. Resnick M (2002) Rethinking learning in the digital age. In: Kirkman G (ed) The global information technology report: readiness for the networked world. Oxford University Press, OxfordGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Temple UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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