Conference Details

Abilene Christian University and McAllen ISD present:

Transforming Learning (PDF)
Explore the future of teaching and learning with award-winning, international experts in education

March 20, 2012 
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
McAllen Convention Center
McAllen, Texas

This is a free event, however, space is limited and registration is required.

Stay tuned for event videos coming soon to ACU Connected iTunes U.


Distinguished Speakers
Dr. James Ponce
McAllen ISD Superintendent who infuses McAllen ISD with a focus on rigor in teaching and learning, leading to the creation of TLC3 - Transforming Learning in the Classroom, Campus, and Community. His leadership and global-thinking style garners state recognition.
Dr. Phil Schubert
ACU’s President who has encouraged ongoing explorations of the ways emerging technologies, including mobility, can transform teaching and learning.  Under his leadership, ACU has been named the top “up-and-coming university” in the West by US News & World Report for the past three years.
Marco Torres
A California Teacher of the Year for his accomplishments in the classroom and use of technology to empower minority students.  Torres taught high school for ten years, and has been media coach and education technology director for one of the nation’s largest urban schools in Los Angeles.
Dr. William Rankin
A professor of English and ACU’s Director of Educational Innovation who works to discover new ways to engage learners through emerging technologies, including digital books. In 2009, he was named an Apple Distinguished Educator and in 2010, he was named to Apple's ADE Board of Directors.
John Couch
Vice President of Education, Apple Inc., who has over thirty five years experience as a computer scientist, executive and advocate for the creative use of technology to transform education. He has led the team responsible for driving Apple’s success in the education market.
Additional Sessions & Tours
  • Policy & Leadership 
  • Digital Textbooks & Apps
  • TLC3 Showcase
  • Site Visits to Jackson Elementary & Fossum Middle School Campuses

Co-sponsored by Abilene Christian University and McAllen ISD to explore the future of digital textbooks and one-to-one deployments within K-12.

The State of Mobile Learning
Students using iPhones in classroom discussion
So much about the way we teach, learn and communicate is up for grabs. Educators are using new tools and technologies to reach their students - but what does the future hold?

2010-2011 Mobile Learning Report

2010-11 Report (PDF)


2009-2010 Mobile Learning Report

2009-10 Report (PDF)


2008-2009 Mobile Learning Report