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Wireless Education Conference D.C.

Wireless1 The direction of cell phones as devices for more than calling, texting, and gaming, was very evident at the Wireless Education Conference 2010 in Washington, D.C. Qualcomm and it’s partners AT&T, Blackboard, Lenovo, and Verizon presented expert panel discussions, how to presentations and idea starters, as well as interviews with leaders in the wireless movement.

I was very impressed with the BYOT, or Bring Your Own Technology options presented by CTIO Bailey Mitchell of Forsyth County Schools, Georgia. That, as part of a blended approach to increasing the amount of technology in schools, really puts supporting the infrastructure in the driver’s seat, and the CTO’s role changes from “Dr. No” to Can Do. This is certainly a philosophy to be replicated. Students can work in their system with whatever device they bring in—iPads, iTouches, whatever—doesn’t matter. As Mitchell says so wonderfully, “Our user base tolerates no downtime.”

Two important factors are Forsyth’s open access configuration is simple, with no intrusion or virus considerations, and their hardware purchasing is for only those students who don’t have, and can’t afford computing devices.

An important consideration has to be that the Internet in education is like an opera singer—it needs great pipes. And when you don’t have to worry so much about getting the hardware for all, more emphasis can be placed on the broadband—those pipes. When that happens, the cloud becomes a reasonable option, and a lot of budgetary expenditures can be freed up.

Dr. Paul Jacobs, Chairman and CEO of Qualcomm puts it well, “Processing power in your pocket is growing. Mobile devices and cloud are moving forward.”

I’d like to see more work being done vision-based AR, augmented reality. It seems to me the smaller screens would play well with 3D applications—without the hassle of glasses or distortion found in larger screens. Right now, the simulation activities kids use in classes are more checks, plusses, and circles. It’s pretty primitive, and not too far removed from that original coordinate, move the turtle, applications in the 70s.

Most of the applications for mobile devices shared at the conference were STEM, Science, Technology, Engineering , and Math based, but the language arts and reading application for these small computers will open a lot of teaching possibilities—from flashcards to polling on the fly (Poll Everywhere)—we are at the education wireless edge and ready to jump off flying.

Note: My interview with Kristin Atkins, Director of Wireless Outreach, Qualcomm, will be posted soon at Scholastic Administrator's Online Video Page.


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