Addressing the 10 Barriers to Scaling up Mobile Learning in Classrooms

The Age of Mobilism is upon us; indeed, mobile technology is bigger than the Internet!

The key value of mobile is student empowerment: each student, 24/7 can immediately and directly – without teacher or textbook mediation – connect to the world’s store of information, people, events, locations, organizations, data, etc. That functionality, in turn, finally, enables everyday teachers, for whom teaching is a profession, not a mission, can implement a learn-by-doing pedagogy in their classrooms. But, there are still other barriers to the adoption and scaling up of mobile learning in the world’s classrooms. In our presentation we will discuss strategies for addressing those barriers.

Cathie Norris and Elliot Soloway

Cathie Norris
Cathie Norris is a Regents Professor in the College of Information, Department of Learning Technologies at the University of North Texas. Cathie’s 14 years in K-12 classrooms – and receiving Dallas’ Golden Apple Award – has shaped her university research agenda: helping K-12 teachers move from the 19th century into the 21st century. Cathie has been President of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), the leading international organization for technology-minded educators, and the President of the National Educational Computing Association (NECA), the association that organized NECC, the premier conference on technology in K-12. 

Elliot Soloway
Elliot Soloway is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the Dept of CSE, College of Engineering, School of Education and School of Information, University of Michigan. For the past 10 years, Soloway’s research has been guided by the vision that mobile, handheld – and very low-cost – networked devices are the only way to truly achieve universal 1:1 in schools – all across the globe. In 2001, the UMich undergraduates selected him to receive the “Golden Apple Award” as the Outstanding Teacher of the Year.  In 2004 and in 2011, the EECS College of Engineering HKN Honor Society awarded Elliot the “Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award.”

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