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Mobile Learning, Creativity and Schools - a New Zealand perspective

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Students walk into schools with mini computers in their pockets more powerful than put a man on the moon. The mobile phone is their Swiss army communications device of life, with phone, camera, video, internet and network. There is a mobile learning revolution underway. The learner is mobile, the learning device is mobile, and networked. Mobile learning (mLearning) is novel in that it facilitates delivery of individualized learning to the right person, at the right time, in the right place, through the right learning style and pace using portable electronic two-way multimedia communication devices that are context and location aware. The seminar looks at some of the impacts and applications of emerging mobile phone enabled technologies such as QR codes, the Geoweb, Sensor Based Networks, Virtual Worlds and cloud based social operating systems have on the development of creativity in learning and play. This will be viewed through the lens of the New Zealand experience in the compulsory education and tertiary sectors. Discussion is encouraged.

PRESENTER : John Eyles. Research and Alliances Leader at Telecom New Zealand, Visiting Fellow at AUT University and Chair of the EON Foundation. For the past two years John has been working with the Research and Venturing group at Telecom New Zealand looking three to five years into the future at opportunities and threats for the business. His areas of focus has been around mobile learning, social media, virtual worlds, open innovation and online collaboration. With the support of the EON Foundation, John recently launched Project Mobilise – a collaborative endeavour to enable teachers to use and teach through mobile communications devices. You can learn more about John at

CONTACT : Pam Burnard ( if you are planning to attend.

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