GET GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE AT
2012 UNESCO & CoSN International Symposium
mLearning: Exploring the Power of Mobility to Transform Learning
March 5, 2012 • 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Palladian • Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert St, NW • Washington, DC 20008
In 2011, there are over 5 billion mobile phone subscriptions in the world. In developed and developing countries most, if not all, primary and secondary teachers own a mobile phone, yet often use in schools is forbidden. Most parents, teachers and educational authorities consider mobile phones as a disruptive tool for "cheating", interrupting classroom management, and creating a digital distraction.
However, those same mobile devices- whether basic handsets or more sophisticated smart phones- may represent an historic opportunity to empower learners globally and improve teaching.
This Symposium will explore the key questions that educators and policymakers need to answer: Why, when and how can or should mobile devices be used in education?
While mlearning (or mobile learning), is at an early stage in most parts of the world, there are some exciting models. Interestingly, the poorer the educational provision, the greater the potential to use mobile phones in schools.
This Symposium will examine how some schools and school systems around the world are using mobile devices, including strategies to empower learners, as well as support teacher/administrator professional development.
CoSN's 11th Annual International Symposium, jointly organized this year with UNESCO, will bring together leading education leaders, policy makers and key thought-leaders from around the globe to explore perspectives, policies, and practices that can connect the classrooms with mLearning into a cohesive learning environment for young people. During this participatory event attendees will hear compelling examples, take part in discussions, and work to develop recommendations to educators policymakers and NGOs on the potential opportunities and risks around mLearning in schools.
8:00 – 8:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:40 am Welcome
Keith Krueger, CEO, CoSN
8:40 - 8:50 am Setting the Context
Fengchun Miao, Program Specialist in ICT, Sector Policy Advice and ICT in
8:50 - 9:30 am Why Mobiles in Learning?
Jessica Colaco, Researcher, Mobile Technology Evangelist, Founder of Mobile Boot
Camp Kenya, Co-Founder of AkiraChix, Kenya
Steven Vosloo, Program Specialist Mobile Learning, Policy Advice and ICT
in Education, UNESCO
Genevieve Shore, CIO & Director of Digital Strategy, Pearson
9:30 - 10:10 am Conversation with Audience
Anthony Bloome, Sr.Educational Technology Specialist, USAID
Michael Trucano, Sr. ICT & Education Specialist, The World Bank
10:10 - 11:10 am Panel- Empowering Learners Through Mobile Devices: examples from
schools around the world
Moderator: Chris Dede, Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies,
Graduate School of Education, Harvard University
Shafika Isaacs, International Consultant ICT in Education, South Africa
Paul Kim, Assistant Dean & CTO, School of Education, Stanford University
Lenny Schad, Chief Information Officer, Katy ISD
Phyza Jameel, Communications and Information Officer, UNESCO, Pakistan
11:10 - 11:30 am Break
11:30 am - 12:10 pm Panel- Can you Learn with Mobile Devices? Industry Perspectives
Moderator: Fengchun Miao, Program Specialist in ICT, Sector Policy Advice and ICT in
Kristin Atkins, Director, Wireless Reach, Qualcomm, Inc.
Kathy Hurley, EVP Education Alliances, Pearson Foundation
Michael Quesnell, Senior Manager, Corporate Relations & Responsibility, Nokia
12:10 pm - 1:10 pm Networking Lunch
1:10 - 1:20 pm Break
1:20 - 1:45 pm Here and Now:
The Opportunity of Mobiles to Education and our Global Economy
Sir Bob Geldof, Musician and Philanthropist
1:45 - 2:35 pm Panel-Teacher Support and Professional Development through Mobile
Moderator: Mary Ann Wolf, CEO, Wolf Ed
Tom Carroll, President, National Commission on Teaching and America's Future
Eric Klopfer, Associate Professor of Science Education, Director, Scheller Teacher
Education Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Robert Spielvogel, CTO and VP Research, Evaluation and Policy, Education Development Center
Steven Vosloo, Program Specialist Mobile Learning, Policy Advice and ICT in
Education Systems, UNESCO
2:35 - 3:40 pm Proclamation of Mobile Learning
Gavin Dykes, Managing Director, Cellcove Ltd., UK
Mario Franco, President, FCM-Foundation for Mobile Communications, Portugal
3:40 - 4:00 pm Break
4:00 - 4:45 pm Visions for mLearning
John Traxler, Professor of Mobile Learning, University of Wolverhampton, UK
4:45 - 5:00 pm Final Thoughts