With the goal of providing educators with concrete images of how mobile computers (e.g., mini-laptop/netbook computers) can be successfully and effectively used in primary and secondary classrooms, we will provide specific examples of how educators are indeed using mobile computers in their schools and classrooms. We will show attendees how to “mobilize” a curricular unit – transform the paper-and-pencil unit into a dynamic, interactive mobile computer-based unit. We will present examples from a range of grade levels (elementary and secondary) as well as content areas (science, language arts, social studies, math). Attendees will be asked to bring a curriculum unit and attendees will “mobilize” that unit. We will provide ample time for Q&A.
Elliot Soloway is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor has appointments in the Dept of EECS, College of Engineering, the School of Education, and the School of Information, at the University of Michigan. For the past 20 years, Soloway and his colleagues in the Center for Highly Interactive Computing in Education (HI-CE) have been exploring the ways in which computing and communications technologies can support inquiry-based pedagogy in K-12 science classrooms. In 2001, the undergraduates at the University of Michigan selected him to receive the “Golden Apple Award” as the Outstanding Teacher of the Year. In 2002 Elliot was selected to receive the ACM SIGCSE Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education Award 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., and is its Chief Technology Officer.
Cathleen Norris is a Regents Professor in the College of Education at the University of North Texas. Recognized by the Dallas Public Schools as an outstanding teacher – receiving the district’s Golden Apple Award – Cathie’s 14 years in high school classrooms as a mathematics and computer science teacher has shaped her university research agenda – she focuses on developing strategies for helping move K-12 teachers from the 20th 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 a co-founder of GoKnow, Inc. an Ann Arbor-based company that provides K-12 with mobile learning products and services.