PR Contact: Kyle Menchhofer, Technology Coordinator – St. Marys City Schools 419.394.7278 ext. 1405
Ohio Mobile Learning Technology Conference
Introduction on How Mobile Technology Is a Key to Education’s Future
St. Marys, OH – May 6, 2010 – The second annual mobile technology conference will be held at the Ford Training Center in Lima on May 6, 2010. The Ohio Mobile Technology Conference is devoted to introducing mobile technology and the positive impact that it has on learning. The free conference will provide K-12 educators, technology coordinators, and administrators a unique opportunity to explore mobile learning technologies and the impact they have on education. The conference is sponsored by St. Marys City Schools, GoKnow Learning, Inc., Verizon Wireless, The Ford Motor Plant and Training Center, and The Ohio State University.
SETA, the State Educational Technology Directors Association, emphasizes the importance of ensuring seamless continuous use of technology in instruction and assessment. The Ohio Mobile Technology Conference will focus on using mobile technology “seamlessly and continuously” in the classroom to achieve a level playing field for all students regardless of economic or learning barriers.
Mobile educational technology experts, Dr. Cathleen Norris, Regents Professor, at the University of North Texas, Dr. Elliot Soloway, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at the University of Michigan and Dr. Mark van „t Hooft, Researcher/ Technology Specialist, Kent State University, and ISTE – SIGML - Chairperson will speak in breakout sessions to address the value of using mobile technology in schools. Dr. Gene Lloyd, Technology Director, at Pandora Gilboa Local Schools will share experiences that have occurred this year in his district using Blackberry devices with high school students.
OMTC will also include a teacher management session where teachers from St. Marys share how they used the mobile learning devices in their respective grade levels and content areas. The teacher panel from St. Marys City Schools will be discussing the mobile learning project that has been taking place in the district over the past two years. Student artifacts will be on display for educators to view.
The Ohio Mobile Technology Conference will showcase the exciting evolution of educational technology. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with internationally recognized experts in the field of mobile learning technology. Educators will learn about the benefits of using mobile technology in classrooms and will see firsthand how mobile technology is currently being used by students.
For additional information, please contact Kyle Menchhofer at Kyle.Menchhofer@smriders.net or by phone at 419-394-7278 ext. 1405.
About St. Marys City Schools: SMCS is focused on becoming a leading edge technology proficient school to prepare students for the 21st century and the global workforce of tomorrow. They are located less than 85 miles southwest of Columbus, OH. SMCS is home to over 2100 students with a strong emphasis on providing a comprehensive education which meets the individual needs of all students as they prepare for the world beyond. To learn more, visit http://www.smriders.net/Mobile_Learning/.
About GoKnow Learning: GoKnow is the leader in delivering innovative solutions for mobile education. Their team of experienced team members offers consultative services from the initial exploration of mobile learning through continued support and professional development for educational programs. For additional information, visit their website at http://www.goknow.com.
About Verizon Wireless:
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network. Providing America‟s largest Mobile to Mobile calling family of more than 80 million subscribers, the company works hard to offer customers with the highest level of satisfaction by offering quality products and services. For additional information, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com.
About Ohio State University at Lima:
The Ohio State University at Lima is one of five campuses in the Ohio State University system. Recently, the Department of Education on the Lima campus has developed a partnering relationship with St. Marys City Schools with the goal to bring 21st Century Skills to our preservice and inservice teachers as well as the children we serve in northwest Ohio, visit http://lima.osu.edu/academics/education/index.php.