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Qualcomm Education and the Center for Education Reform collaborate on the Mobile-First Mentorship Program

Education in America is undergoing significant and unprecedented change. From the proliferation of new tools like tablets and enhanced mobiles to major curriculum initiatives like Common Core and National Curriculum, teachers and students are navigating new territory every day. For education reform to evolve and have a positive impact, teachers, administrators and policy makers must be advocates and active participants in the reform process.

Continuing education is a crucial part of the education reformer’s playbook. Educators must be educated themselves, keeping a pulse on current issues driving the national education agenda and collaborating with other reformers to move ideas forward.

To help make this collaboration and continued learning possible, the Center for Education Reform (CER) has launched EdReformU, a higher learning certificate program designed to connect next generation participants with those who are responsible for the modern-day education reform movement. And, because learning is increasingly happening anytime and anywhere, CER has entered an agreement to offer EdReformU via the Qualcomm® QLearn™ Mobile Education Platform, a product of Qualcomm Technologies Inc.

As part of education reform, the mobile learning ecosystem needs to be developed by bringing stakeholders together to collaborate on the right solutions that meet the needs of students, teachers, administrators and parents. EdReformU serves as both a model of expanding the capabilities of mobile learning and as a means of connecting education reformers who are looking to move classrooms toward a mobile-centric model.

The core philosophy shared by Qualcomm Education and CER is that current technology can enhance the learning experience—providing tools that students use in their everyday lives as a medium for educational content and activity. The opportunity to improve teaching standards and student learning outcomes can be clearly seen in the curriculum developed by CER and the QLearn mobile application platform.

The first EdReformU course began February 2 with full enrollment. More information is available at university.edreform.com. The QLearn app is free to download from the iTunes and Google Play stores.

Qualcomm Education is excited to support the country’s next generation of education reformers…the thought leaders and activists who are working to make change faster, bigger and better.

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