Mobile in Education Advisory Council

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What is 'Mobile in Education'?

"Any activity that allows individuals to be more productive when consuming, interacting with, or creating information mediated through a compact digital portable device that the individual carriers on a regular basis and has reliable connectivity." (eLearning Guild 360 Mobile Learning Research Report)

What are the challenges of 'Mobile in Education'?

  • Lack of educator familiarity with devices, content, capabilities, and use within diverse career paths for students
  • Lack of training available to educators across the education spectrum
  • Educator-resistance to the technology; lack of understanding of the significant impact it will have in every student's career path and the urgent need to provide guided knowledge related to these technologies
  • Limited access to devices within the learning environment
  • Managing student access to in-class content to ensure achievement of training goals
  • Costs of implementation in the eduction environment; devices, data, connection costs, software
  • Security

The importance of 'Mobile in Education':

The education industry needs to embrace mobile/wireless technologies from a variety of perspectives, namely:
  • how can utilizing these technologies in the learning environment increase student learning capabilities
  • how can utilizing these technologies in the learning environment increase instructor productivity and effectiveness
  • educational institutions need to incorporate training about mobile/wireless technologies into the curriculum for all areas of training so they can prepare students for careers in which every job will in some way use and be impacted by, these technologies
  • educational institutions needs to aid students in identifying skill areas that can be enhanced by the use of these technologies so they are prepared to seek out jobs which at this time may not yet exist

Why MTAM has formed a 'Mobile in Education' Advisory Council:

As part of MTAM's effort to address the challenges around mLearning and 'Mobile in Education' efforts and ensure that Michigan is leading the way in local, state, national and international initiatives driving growth in this sector, the trade association has activated a statewide 'Mobile in Education' Advisory Council.
This council is tasked with assisting the trade association with development of resources, events, policy recommendations, strategies, and educational / networking opportunities for those working in public and private educational institutions at the K-12 and post-secondary levels, for those providing mobile / wireless technology products and services to the education community, and for employers to collaborate with education to ensure a pipeline of qualified future employees.
The ultimate goal is to graduate students who are skilled in the use of mobile/wireless technologies in whatever career path they choose in order to fulfill current and future demand from global employers.

MTAM 'Mobile in Education' Advisory Council Objectives:

  • facilitate the use of mLearning initiatives within the learning environment
  • Identify training needs of K-12 and post-secondary educational institutions (for both educators and students) and assist MTAM in obtaining grant funding to produce programs to meet those needs
  • Examine proposed and existing regulations related to the use of mobile/wireless technologies in the education environment; recommend positions MTAM should consider supporting and provide information as to the reason for that recommendation
  • Identify information that is recommended for dissemination to MTAM general membership, as well as the education community specifically
  • Assist MTAM in developing a database of 'Mobile in Education' expert speakers that the association may refer for speaker requests
  • Assist MTAM in developing strategies to expand the 'MTAM Student Chapters' initiative, and aid in the development of programming for those chapters
  • Promote MTAM resources to educational institutions to obtain increased involvement in MTAM by the educational community, and increased focus on mobile/wireless technologies in the educational environment
  • Facilitate relationships for MTAM within the educational community
  • Promote MTAM content in social media and promote events sponsored by the trade association to the educational community
  • Assist MTAM in the development and implementation of strategies that will increase the use of mobile/wireless technologies within the learning environment
  • Write whitepapers, blog articles, case studies and other documents which may be utilized by MTAM to aid in educating the education community about the importance of mobile/wireless technologies - for the educational institutions, as well as for the future careers of their students
  • Other items as defined by the council which may be beneficial to MTAM and its mission of growing the use of, and education about, mobile/wireless technologies in the education community
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