The Case of the iPad



This chapter offers a critical perspective on the uptake of mobile technologies in education by interweaving personal stories with multiple theoretical perspectives. Through a series of provocations, readers are invited to consider ideas that problematize mobility and access, introduce and rework environmental concerns and question the impact of software architecture, algorithms and coding. The chapter details areas that have so far been absent from work at the intersection of literacy and technology and in so doing outlines areas that are rich with possibility for further research.


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