These films look specifically at the ways that the latest digital and mobile technologies can potentially transform the ways that young people communicate, collaborate, and learn.
These films present profiles of international education figures ... (More)
Empowering Young Learners, Stephen Heppell
Stephen Heppell heads his own policy, research and ... (More)
The Myths and Opportunities of Technology in the Classroom, Alan November
Alan November is an international ... (More)
Educating the Mobile Generation, Elliot Soloway/Cathie Norris
Elliot Soloway is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at ... (More)
No Child Left Behind and Global Competitiveness, Yong Zhao
Yong Zhao is currently Presidential Chair and ... (More)
An IntroductionThese films present profiles of international education figures Stephen Heppell, Alan November, Elliot Soloway and Cathie Norris, and Yong Zhao. Each looks specifically at the ways in which the latest technologies -- including the mobile and digital technologies tat are at the heart of the Mobile Learning Institute program -- can potentially transform young people's educational experience. Each leader begins from a personal frame of reference, arguing for the urgency of releasing students from traditional American models of schooling. Each also suggests that the key to transforming contemporary education rests in giving kids the tools to produce, share, and evaluate their own knowledge.
Empowering Young Learners, Stephen Heppell Stephen Heppell heads his own policy, research and ... (More)
Empowering Young Learners, Stephen HeppellStephen Heppell heads his own policy, research and practice consultancy, Heppell.net, at the virtual heart of a network of innovative collaborators worldwide, working together on a diverse range of 21st century focused projects from school design through software development to national policy. Heppell’s track record of effective radical learning projects reaches back 25 years and includes Learning in the New Millennium, an early 90’s project that pioneered broadband, mobile phones and online communities; Notschool.Net, a virtual school for excluded youngsters; Talking Heads, an online community of practice for all the UK’s headteachers, now handed successfully to NCSL; “Be Very Afraid” an annual children’s digital creativity event at BAFTA. Heppell’s projects are found all around the world, from the Caribbean to New Zealand. Heppell is professor in a number of institutions and is a respected regular in blue-chip and innovative boardrooms and in ministerial offices. He is a familiar face in the media around the world and is the current holder of the Royal Television Society’s Judges Award for lifetime contribution to educational broadcasting. Heppell explains how too many schools are still operating on models that were designed for the 19th century learner. In the new century, kids are drawn to new devices like iPods and cell phones, and to new modes of interacting like Facebook and twittering; teachers and schools have the opportunity to harness this natural fascination with technology by allowing and encouraging it to be used in the classroom. Indeed, even the notion of the classroom needs to be entirely re-imagined.
The Myths and Opportunities of Technology in the Classroom, Alan November Alan November is an international ... (More)
The Myths and Opportunities of Technology in the Classroom, Alan NovemberAlan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant, and university lecturer. He has helped schools, governments and industry leaders improve the quality of education through technology. Audiences enjoy November’s humor and wit as he pushes the boundaries of how to improve teaching and learning. His areas of expertise include planning across curriculum, staff development, new school design, community building and leadership development. He has delivered keynotes and workshops in all fifty states, across Canada, and throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and Central America. November was named one of the nation’s fifteen most influential thinkers of the decade by Classroom Computer Learning Magazine. In 2001, he was listed one of eight educators to provide leadership into the future by the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse. In 2007 he was selected to speak at the Cisco Public Services Summit during the Nobel Prize Festivities in Stockholm, Sweden. His writing includes numerous articles and the best-selling book, Empowering Students with Technology. November was co-founder of the Stanford Institute for Educational Leadership Through Technology and is most proud of being selected as one of the original five national Christa McAuliffe Educators.
Educating the Mobile Generation, Elliot Soloway/Cathie Norris Elliot Soloway is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at ... (More)
Educating the Mobile Generation, Elliot Soloway/Cathie NorrisElliot Soloway is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at the University of Michigan and professor in the School of Information, the School of Education, and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Soloway is a principal investigator of the Center for Learning Technologies in Urban Schools grant, which has been created with four partners: Detroit Public Schools, Chicago Public Schools, the University of Michigan, and Northwestern University. The focus of the center’s activities is the creation of strategies for embedding and sustaining the use of computing and communications technologies in the science curriculum at the middle school level. The center has a four-year, $6 million grant from the National Science Foundation. As a member of the Center for Highly Interactive Computing in Education at the University of Michigan, Soloway is working to develop technology-embedded curricula for school-based programs, and has been in close collaboration with the Detroit Public Schools and the Ann Arbor Public Schools to produce a new generation of middle-school science curriculum that leverages the affordances of the emerging computational and communications technologies to uniquely scaffold students’ learning and support teachers’ instructional strategies. For 14 years, Cathie Norris was a high school mathematics and computer science teacher before moving to the University of North Texas where she is a professor in the Department of Technology and Cognition. Soloway and Norris advocate employing mobile computing devices — Palms, cell phones, and other handhelds — in the classroom. They argue that laptops and desktops do not adequately meet the needs of young learners. Acknowledging that purchasing and maintaining these computers is prohibitively expensive for districts already strapped for funding, the mobile computing solution puts the infrastructure costs on the carrier, not the school. Students can work alone, interactively with other students, or in combination with smart boards and other networking applications. Handhelds like the iPhone will allow for learning to happen anytime and anywhere. Recognizing the giant leap of faith that districts and schools must make to adopt mobile devices, Soloway and Norris are confident that the widespread use of mobile computing in the classroom is inevitable.
No Child Left Behind and Global Competitiveness, Yong Zhao Yong Zhao is currently Presidential Chair and ... (More)
No Child Left Behind and Global Competitiveness, Yong ZhaoYong Zhao is currently Presidential Chair and Associate Dean for Global Education, College of Education at the University of Oregon, where he also serves as the director of the Center for Advanced Technology in Education (CATE). He is a fellow of the International Academy for Education. Until December, 2010, Yong Zhao was University Distinguished Professor at the College of Education, Michigan State University, where he also served as the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Technology, executive director of the Confucius Institute, as well as the US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence. His research interests include educational policy, computer gaming and education, diffusion of innovations, teacher adoption of technology, computer-assisted language learning, and globalization and education. Zhao has extensive international experiences. He has consulted with government and educational agencies and spoken on educational issues in many countries on six continents. His current work focuses on designing 21st Century Schools in the context of globalization and the digital revolution. Zhao has published over 20 books and 100 articles. His most recent book is Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization and the Handbook of Asian Education. He has also developed computer software, including the award-winning New Chengo/ZON (http://enterzon.com), the world’s first massively multi-player online role-playing game for studying Chinese. Zhao was born in China’s Sichuan Province. He received his B.A. in English Language Education from Sichuan Institute of Foreign Languages in Chongqing, China in 1986. After teaching English in China for six years, he came to Linfield College as a visiting scholar in 1992. He then began his graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993. He received his A.M. in Education in 1994 and Ph.D. in 1996. He joined the faculty at MSU in 1996 after working as the Language Center Coordinator at Willamette University and a language specialist at Hamilton College.