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Interactive video lesson plan for: The Great Educational Reset of 2011: Mobile Technologies Will Change K-12

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Education@Google Series
May 24, 2011

Presented by Elliot Soloway, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, University of Michigan and Cathleen Norris, Regents Professor, University of North Texas.


The economic crisis of the last few years is an opportunity to start again; to do a reset. The past hasn't worked and isn't going to work; it's time to reset the system, it's time to start again. We need to truly dump the instructionalist/didactic model of education where teachers talk at the kids and kids do endless worksheets. Throwing electronic whiteboards (EWBs), digital textbooks and even a cart or two of iPads into the classroom is not going to fix the situation; that is simply more of the same.

We -- researchers, teachers, principals, superintendents, parents -- know how kids learn: It's time to adopt a constructivist, active learning, 21st century skills model of education. The key catalyst for such an adoption is the availability of a serious computing device for each and every learner, 24/7. That has been a problem; that is no longer a problem.

All it takes is leadership; the money is the easy part. In our presentation we will talk about schools that have broken with the past and are adopting an active learning pedagogy supported by mobile learning. And, just in case you have been on an extended trip to Mars, we quietly point out that the "kids these days" -- the mobile generation -- have already figured out how to use their mobile devices for "all the time, everywhere learning."

About the Presenters:

Elliot Soloway is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the Dept of CSE, College of Engineering, School of Education and School of Information, University of Michigan. For the past 10 years, Soloway's research has been guided by the vision that mobile, handheld -- and very low-cost -- networked devices are the only way to truly achieve universal 1:1 in schools -- all across the globe. In 2001, the undergraduates selected him to receive the "Golden Apple Award" as the Outstanding Teacher of the Year. In 2004, the EECS College of Engineering HKN Honor Society awarded Elliot the "Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award." Elliot is a co-founder of GoKnow, Inc.

Cathleen Norris is a Regents Professor in the College of Information, Department of Learning Technologies at the University of North Texas. Cathie's 14 years in K-12 classrooms -- and receiving Dallas' Golden Apple Award -- has shaped her university research agenda: helping K-12 teachers move from the 19th century into the 21st century. Cathie has been President of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), the leading international organization for technology-minded educators. From 1996 through 2001, she was the President of the National Educational Computing Association (NECA), the association that organized NECC, the premier conference on technology in K-12. Cathie is co-founder of GoKnow, Inc. the premier mobile learning company.

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