Mobilizing Teachers: bridging the gap between theory, and practice

This is part 1 of a trio of linked presentations covering three related strategies for deploying mobile technologies to motivate, improve, and redefine teaching in low-resource environments. Collectively, we will address the following questions:

  1. Can mobile technologies serve a leap-frogging role for poorly educated teachers charged with delivering 21st century instruction?
  2. Can “just in time” mobile pedagogies increase the impact of teacher training while achieving time and cost savings?
  3. Can mobile technologies serve as a medium for critically needed “post-training” coaching and support?

This session will explore some of the often quoted pedagogical theories, common difficulties educators have in applying them to their daily teaching, and guidelines collated by the global audience at MobiMOOC2012 as shared advice and survival techniques for other educators.

Geoff Stead

Geoff is an international thought leader on new technologies, and how they can be used for learning, communication and collaboration. He and his learning technology team build tools for innovation in learning, which are used across the world.

Geoff has recently formed a dedicated Mobile Learning Lab at Qualcomm, to work with their R&D labs to find better educational use cases for their mobile innovations. Prior to that he was Head of Innovation at Tribal Group, UK.

Geoff is committed to finding practical and meaningful uses for emerging technologies, embracing the power of web 2.0, Mobile, Social Media and Open Source with a particular focus on hard to reach, excluded or disadvantaged adult learners.

A veteran of, and global ambassador for, mobile learning, Geoff was, recently appointed advisor to the US Government on their first large-scale mobile learning project to support aid workers in disaster relief situations.

He has recently presented Keynotes for several large international conferences including mLearnCon 2012 (USA) and TEDxLondon (UK) and Global Education Forum (Dubai)


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