In this exciting event, Cathleen Norris, a Regents Professor in the College of Information, Department of Learning Technologies at the University of North Texas; and Elliot Soloway, an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the Deptartment of CSE, College of Engineering, School of Education and School of Information, University of Michigan, explore how enabling New Pedagogical Practices can create Dramatic Increases in Student Performance. They also formed and run the Intergalactic Mobile Learning Center "To support the transformation of K-12 throughout space and time..."
During this webinar, we explored Norris and Soloway's 2010 prediction: by 2015, each and every student in America’s K-12 classrooms will be using his or her own mobile computing device 24/7 for curricular purposes, specifically how those miraculously-thin and light, aluminum-encased slabs of glass:
Afford significant benefits for teaching and learning
Enable learners to directly and immediately access information, events, organizations, places, individuals, data, tools, etc.
Allow learners to take control of their own learning – thereby enabling all teachers, not just artisan teachers, to enact a learn-by-doing, inquiry-directed pedagogy in their classrooms.
Extend the classroom to enable all-the-time, everywhere learning, which, in turn, supports the linking of the abstract ideas explored inside the classroom to the concrete, real world of people, places, and things outside the classroom.
Create the next wave of educational practices and unleash dramatic increases in student performance.
Additionally, the participant question and answer session furthered discussion about:
Convincing skeptical colleagues of the power of mobile learning
Access to mobile devices for low income families
Pushing mobile learning preparetion into teacher education programs
School and district acceptable use policies around mobile devices and connectivity
Deep versus shallow scale of implementation
The importance of universal broadband
Access to curricula already created for mobile learning environments