Mobile tech offers potential for formative assessment, authentic learning

“The current period represents one of the most dramatic…we are on the cusp of major progress in education,” noted moderator Darrell West, vice president and director of governance studies at Brookings. West released a paper, Mobile Learning: Transforming Education, Engaging Students, and Improving Outcomes, in conjunction with the event.

A second panel addressed ways to leverage mobile technologies’ potential into successful programs.

“To change, we must come together and leverage resources to help prepare teachers differently,” said Kathy Spencer, former superintendent of North Carolina’s Onslow County schools and a speaker on the second panel, which was moderated by Project Tomorrow’s Julie Evans. Spencer is a 2011 eSchool News Tech-Savvy Superintendent winner.

Ensuring that all stakeholders support mobile learning initiatives, and that culture truly adapts to embrace mobile’s potential, is essential, said panelist Elizabeth Foster, vice president of Strategic Initiatives with the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future.

But making sure that infrastructure, access, and equity are all in balance is a tricky thing, and the nation’s education system needs creative solutions, said Bob Hirshon, program director of Technology and Learning with the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Mobile devices have the potential to let students take their learning and their collaboration outside of the classroom, said Michael Flood, vice president of Education Markets for Kajeet.

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Laura Ascione

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