Two conferences to advance Mobile Learning Initiative

Posted March 02, 2012

Abilene Christian University today announced registration is open for two mobile-learning events: The Transforming Learning Conference in partnership with McAllen ISD on March 20 and the ACU Connected Open House on April 4-5, which will focus on higher education on the ACU campus.

McAllen ISD may be the largest district in the U.S. working to place the latest in mobile technology into the hands of all its students—from high school seniors down to kindergarten—more than 25,000 in all. ACU Connected and McAllen ISD are partnering to explore the future of digital textbooks and 1-to-1 deployments in K-12 settings. This one-day event will bring together California Teacher of the Year Marco Torres, Apple’s vice president of education John Couch, McAllen ISD superintendent Dr. James Ponce, ACU president Dr. Phil Schubert and ACU’s director of educational innovation Dr. William Rankin. Participants will explore how digital material and devices can revolutionize the K-12 school environment.  Participants have the option for campus site visits to see firsthand how McAllen ISD is equipping students with mobile tools to transform learning.

The Connected Open House, focused on higher education, gives participants the opportunity to collaborate with ACU faculty, staff and students involved in ACU's mobile-learning initiative. Topics will center around the pedagogical use of smartphones and tablets, with a special emphasis on digital textbooks. The agenda will also provide opportunities for participants to explore their specific interests in relation to emerging technologies, including discussions of the infrastructure and deployment logistics necessary for a pervasive mobile program, new models of teaching and learning that leverage mobility, and best practices for creating and using digital texts in higher education.

Both events are free of charge. To learn more about the Transforming Learning Conference, visit here. Visit here to learn more about the Connected Open House.

About Abilene Christian University
In a world of search engines, social networking, smartphones and converged mobile devices, students have access to more information than one could process in a lifetime, Abilene Christian University launched a mobile-learning initiative, ACU Connected, in 2008. The initiative trains students to not merely consume these vast amounts of information, but to assess information, to synthesize thoughts, to generate new ideas, and to contribute meaningfully to conversations of global importance. ACU is committed to exploring how these technologies can be used to help people learn in new ways and discovering how these tools can aid us in its mission to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world. More than 4,500 students, including nearly 800 graduate students, enroll in ACU from 47 states and territories, and 41 nations. Visit here for more information.

About McAllen ISD
McAllen ISD is a leader of instructional technology, coupled with student-centered, inquiry-based learning. It received national and international attention with the development of TLC3—Transforming Learning in the Classroom, Campus, and Community—a move to create an entire culture change, leverage teachers’ expertise in transforming the learning environment, and place iPad/iPod Touch devices into the hands of every student. A College and Career Preparatory District focused on high academics in Pre-K to 12th grades, McAllen ISD provides an extensive list of Career Technical Education, Advanced Placement, Concurrent Enrollment, and Dual Enrollment courses. Offerings include an Exemplary Early College High School and three Dual Enrollment Academies where students can earn an Associate’s Degree in Biology, Computer Science, or Engineering even before they receive a high school diploma. McAllen ISD provides International Baccalaureate (IB) instruction at all grade levels and its IB Diploma program tops the 99.5% passing rate—one of highest success rates worldwide. All of McAllen ISD’s middle and elementary schools are on-target to become IB campuses in 2014.