2012 UNESCO & CoSN International Symposium to Explore Potential Mobile Learning Holds to Transform Education

Irish Rock Star and Philanthropist Sir Bob Geldof to be a Guest Speaker
Washington, DC
Thursday, February 16, 2012

Washington, DC (February 16, 2012) – As of last year, there were more than five billion mobile phone subscriptions in the world, including most, if not all, educators in developed and developing countries. However, many schools still forbid mobile phone use, citing it as a disruptive and distracting tool in the classroom. The 2012 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) International Symposium, themed mLearning: Exploring the Power of Mobility to Transform Learning, will explore key questions educators and policymakers need to confront on the issue of mobile learning (or mLearning), including: Why, when and how can or should mobile devices be used in education? The Symposium will take place on Monday, March 5, 2012, from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC, one day before the official kickoff of CoSN’s 2012 Annual Conference.

“mLearning is still a fairly new phenomenon across the globe, which has made some school leaders, policymakers and parents apprehensive about integrating it into K-12 classrooms,” said CoSN CEO Keith Krueger. “By bringing together education stakeholders and thought leaders from around the world, the Symposium will uncover perspectives, policies and practices that can connect all classrooms to mLearning into a cohesive learning environment for young people and help reimagine teaching and learning.”

The event will provide attendees with the opportunity to hear compelling examples of mLearning, participate in discussions and work to develop recommendations to educators, policymakers and non-governmental organizations on the potential opportunities and risks surrounding mLearning in schools. Among the guest speakers will be renowned Irish musician and philanthropist Sir Bob Geldof.

Panel discussions will center on the following topics:

  • Why Mobiles in Learning?
  • Empowering Learners Through Mobile Devices: Examples from Schools Around the World
  • Can You Learn with Mobile Devices?: Industry Perspectives
  • Teacher Support and Professional Development Through Mobile Devices
  • Proclamation of mLearning
  • Visions for mLearning

The more than 20 speakers, panelists and moderators include:

  • David Atchoarena, Director, Division for Planning and Development of Education Systems, UNESCO
  • Kristin Atkins, Director, Wireless Reach, Qualcomm, Inc.
  • Anthony Bloome, Education Technology Specialist, USAID
  • Chris Dede, Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University
  • Mark Nieker, President, Pearson Foundation
  • Jon Traxler, Professor of Mobile Learning and Director of the Learning Lab, University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
  • Michael Trucano, Sr. ICT & Education Specialist, The World Bank

“UNESCO recognizes the potential of mobile learning to support the Education for All goals of improving education access, quality and equity,” said Atchoarena. “Engaging with the benefits, and the challenges, of mobile learning is therefore of strategic importance. Symposia such as this provide an opportunity for that joint engagement.”

The Symposium is sponsored by UNESCO, Adobe, the Pearson Foundation, GroupCall and the Goethe-Institut.

For additional information on the Symposium, including the full agenda, please click here


About the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)

CoSN is the premier professional association for school, district, and educational service agency technology leaders. CoSN’s members are a unique blend of education and technology leaders and decision makers from the public and private sectors. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments.
CoSN provides leadership, community, and advocacy essential for the success of these leaders. Visit www.cosn.org or phone 866.267.8747 to find out more about CoSN’s Leadership Initiatives, annual conference and events, policy and advocacy, membership, and resources supporting and promoting leadership development to ensure that technology is used strategically for the improvement of teaching and learning in elementary and secondary schools.


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