Handheld Learning 2009 update


As things are slowly starting to heat up for HHL 2009, here is an update from the conference. I’ll be part of the research strand this year:

The conference programme for this groups Handheld Learning Conference has recently been updated and we think that you’ll find that it presents one of the most powerful and provocative speaker line-up’s to have ever been assembled for the learning, teaching and training sectors.

Whether your interest is for learning in the Primary, Secondary, Higher Education, Business or Military arena’s you will not be disappointed and will find examples of important, leading edge practice demonstrating improved learning using mobile technologies plus the opportunity to mix and network with a cross-section of thought leaders and practitioners from other sectors.

Please review the latest programme at:

The first day of the conference is the free to attend Handheld Learning Festival that features unconference meetings, fringe groups, presentations by young learners, best practice and industry showcases and ends with an evening international awards party for innovation in learning, teaching and training using mobile technologies.

Day two is the beginning of the main conference for registered delegates opening with 4 reflections on learning from

• Zenna Atkins, Chairman of Ofsted
• Malcolm McLaren, Artist
• Yvonne Roberts, Senior Associate, Young Foundation
• James Paul Gee, Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies, ASU

In the afternoon there are sessions on creativity and innovation (with examples from the education, entertainment and military sectors), games for learning and social media for learning.

The evening features a social networking session over drinks.

Day three features a main morning session on inclusion covering work using mobile phones in emerging nations to home access in less affluent homes using netbooks followed by an afternoon main session on transformation that presents three examples; bridging the digital divide in South Africa using cell phones, transforming the workforce within a major US corporation, integrating mobile technology into one of the leading US universities.

Other optional sessions during the day including an extensive International Research Strand, a UK Policy Strand (supported by TDA, SSAT, LSN and PfS), Spotlight Scotland (supported by Learning & Teaching Scotland) and a session on emerging technologies and new practices.

If this wasn’t enough the conference ends with a look to the future with a 45 minute closing keynote presentation from inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil (http://bit.ly/eHwzg )

More than 1,500 delegates will attend this event over the 3 days.

The last places for the conference are now available and we recommend that you book now to avoid disappointment as we always end up having to reluctantly turn people away in the last weeks before the conference and the venue has a restricted capacity. There are no registration facilities at the venue.

Image Credit: http://handheldlearning2009.com

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