Mobile Learning Week 2014
The theme of MLW 2014 is teachers
Teachers are the pillars of education systems and their involvement is crucial to the viability of ICT in education efforts. This is particularly true as mobile technology jumps from the margins of education to the mainstream, from informal settings to formal ones and from small independently-funded projects to large government-supported initiatives. Without the support of teachers in their myriad iterations—including those who work with children, youth or adults—technology generally remains peripheral to teaching and learning.
MLW 2014 will explore how mobile technologies can help teachers work more effectively in different contexts. Also, in light of the urgency of the global teacher crisis, UNESCO wants to better understand how mobile technology can help prepare new teachers and provide professional development to working teachers.
MLW 2014 consists of four separate events
WORKSHOPS - 17 February 2014
UNESCO will host 11 half-day workshops that will allow participants to take part in interactive demonstrations of mobile learning content and technology. Other workshops will provide details about successful technology interventions.
SYMPOSIUM - 18-19 February 2014
The symposium will feature keynote speakers, panels and 80 different breakout presentations. An exhibition will accompany the symposium, allowing private sector companies and other organizations opportunities to share information about new educational technology and content.
POLICY FORUM - 20 February 2014
The policymakers’ forum will bring together senior representatives from over 50 countries to discuss how mobile learning can advance shared educational goals, particularly as they relate to teachers and teacher training.
RESEARCH TRACK - 21 February 2014
The research track will allow scholars to share findings from their investigations of mobile learning implementations. Research will pay particular attention to policies focused on teachers.