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Wireless Mobile Technology Brings Positive Changes to Education

As a great precursor to Wireless EdTech 2011 this October, the ISTE 2011 (International Society for Technology in Education) conference held this June was a massive gathering of the best and brightest in a variety of fields relating to education technology. Conferences such as these provide the perfect grounds for leaders, who would not otherwise cross paths, to meet and discover ways to collaborate on how to best integrate technology into the classroom environment. ISTE 2011 Conference Chair Dr. Leslie S. Conery summed it up nicely by saying, “When we unlock potential within ourselves, we can then provide the tools and inspiration to unlock curiosity and a love of learning in our students.”

I was eager to hear about the latest advances in education and I was also honored to share the stage with Dr. Chris Dede, the Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. We presented our thoughts specifically on the educational and infrastructural opportunities and challenges of wireless technology in education. Our belief, as well as Qualcomm’s, is that always on, always connected mobile devices in the hands of K-12 students have the potential to dramatically improve educational outcomes by providing unprecedented access to learning resources and the ability to collaborate with peers and advisors in and out of the classroom. Qualcomm’s Wireless Reach initiative is supporting several pilot studies to help drive the wireless mobile device education platform forward and as a step towards demonstrating the use of wireless devices as a productive educational tool in and out of school.

Co-host of Wireless EdTech 2011 and CEO of Project Tomorrow – one of the nation’s leading education nonprofit organizations – Julie Evans also presented at ISTE 2011. Julie shared Project Tomorrow’s dedication to empowering K-12 students, teachers and parents to have a larger voice in improving education and learning. Related to this goal, she announced the release of the Speak Up 2010 National Findings on the use of emerging technologies in education and a special white paper on digital content called “Learning in the 21st Century: 2011 Trends Update.” You can download both of these here . Using the data from more than 400,000 K-12 students, teachers, pre-service teachers, parents, and administrators, Julie shared Speak Up findings, such as “Increasingly administrators are seeing the value of mobile devices for learning. Since 2007, twice as many administrators believe that mobile learning provides opportunities to personalize learning.” These and other results from the survey confirm that the current education infrastructure is not meeting the demands of its stakeholders. And we, as an industry, are committed to help change that.

For more news coming out of ISTE 2011, Education Week has a detailed tracker here .

To view the PowerPoint Chris and I presented, as well as other resources on education technology, visit the resources section of the Wireless EdTech site here, and register for the conference soon. I am looking forward to rich dialogue and to meeting new people involved in wireless education at Wireless EdTech October 20-21 in DC.

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