A University of Wolverhampton expert on the use of
mobile technologies in education will be sharing the bill with Sir
Bob Geldof at an international event.
Professor John Traxler has spent the last 10 years working on
projects that demonstrate mobile technologies such as smartphones
and tablets can take education to communities and countries that
were previously too distant or difficult to reach.
The Director of the University’s Learning Lab is now to speak at
the 2012 UNESCO & Consortium for Social Networking (CoSN)
International Symposium on mobile learning in Washington DC.
Musician and fundraiser Sir Bob Geldof is one of the other
speakers at the event on Monday, 5 March 2012, and will share his
thoughts on the opportunities mobiles offer to education and the
Professor Traxler is one of the key speakers on the day, and
will discuss visions for the future of mobile learning.
The Symposium aims to tackle questions such as why, when and how
can mobile devices such as phones be used in education?
He said: “Over the past 10 years, an international community of
researchers and developers have demonstrated that mobile
technologies can enrich, enhance and challenge existing ideas about
education itself. Sometimes mobile phones are considered to be
disruptive and distracting, but these mobile devices could empower
learners and improve teaching.
“We are now seeing a significant recognition of our work in
national and international policy development. I’m looking forward
to attending this high profile conference in America to share my
knowledge and experience, and also hearing from other speakers such
as Sir Bob Geldof on this interesting and important subject.”
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
CoSN's 11th Annual International Symposium, jointly organised
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 mobile
learning (or ‘mLearning’) into a cohesive learning environment for
The event will include examples, discussions, and opportunities
to work to develop recommendations to educators, policymakers and
non-governmental organisations (NGOs) on the potential
opportunities and risks around mLearning in schools and in the
Picture: Professor of Mobile Learning, John
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