[Air-L] Using Mobile Technologies To Promote Children's Learning

McKiernan, Gerard [LIB] gerrymck at iastate.edu
Wed Aug 26 13:49:31 PDT 2009



A Must-Read > Major / Major >> Report/Study 




New York and Las Vegas, January 9, 2009 - Mobile device use is exploding
among children worldwide, cell phones and iPods are this generation's
preferred form of social communication. More than half of the world's
population now owns a cell phone and experts project that people will
use cell phones as their primary means of accessing the Internet by the
year 2020. 


However, most educators and parents have been skeptical, until now,
about mobile devices' value in learning. The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at
Sesame Workshop issued a new study today documenting the untapped
potential of mobile learning. The report, drawing on market trends and
model programs, outlines the first-ever national mobile learning
strategy, urging the Obama administration to make new investments in
digital learning technologies and teacher training.


The findings and recommendations of Pockets of Potential: Using Mobile
Technologies to Promote Children's Learning, were unveiled by Gary E.
Knell, President and CEO of Sesame Workshop at the Kids at Play Summit at
the 2009 International CES(r) in Las Vegas.


The study found that just as Sesame Street transformed television into a
revolutionary learning tool for preschoolers, mobile learning technology
may represent the next frontier


"Mobile devices are part of the fabric of children's lives today: they
are here to stay," said Dr. Michael Levine, Executive Director of The
Joan Ganz Cooney Center. "It is no longer a question of whether we
should use these devices to support learning, but how and when to use
them. Sesame Street introduced children to the educational potential of
television. A new generation of mobile media content can become a force
for learning and discovery in the next decade."




Links To Executive Summary / Full Report / News Available At 


[ http://tinyurl.com/kj9okf ]






Gerry McKiernan


Associate Professor


Science and Technology Librarian


Iowa State University Library


Ames IA 50011



gerrymck at iastate.edu



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