DETROIT — Mobile technology is on the minds of education professionals now more than ever before. More and more schools, including K-12 and higher education institutions, are increasingly embracing mobile technologies as a teaching tool, as a way to communicate with students for classroom projects, as a means of insuring student safety, and as a way of accessing resources. Educators are learning to use mobile tools, and students are happily engaging in using a tool they’d be using anyway — and experiencing substantial increases in their testing as a result.

It’s no mystery why the use of mobile technology is on the rise in the classroom: Studies indicate that 40 percent of teens plan on buying a mobile device within the next three months, and in the last three years, the smartphone penetration rate among the 18-24 year-olds has risen by nearly a fifth. It’s expected that nearly all of the Class of 2015 will have smartphones by the time they graduate. Meanwhile, studies indicate that nearly half of all college students are using their phones to access the mobile Web.

In Michigan, we’re making progress on bringing mobile technology into the education environment on a variety of fronts. Mobile Monday Detroit explores some of those initiatives in its March 12 event at Compuware starting at 5:30 p.m.

Presenters will include:
* John Sowash, high school teacher and director of online learning at Southfield Christian School
* Mary L. Waker, director of technology for teaching and learning at the College of Education, Wayne State University
* Alar Elken, CEO, XanEdu
* Ted Stebbins, business systems analyst, University of Michigan

Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to:
* The potential that can be achieved by the utilization of mobile learning, and transitioning the educational community’s thought of the technology from “nuisance” or “distraction” to “necessary” and “valuable.”
* How mobile learning in the classroom impacts teacher preparation
* Utilization of mobile devices to access a wide variety of published content; higher education’s digital transformation
* In-classroom and out-of-classroom uses for mobile technology in an educational environment

Once again Mobile Monday Detroit will take place at Compuware headquarters in downtown Detroit, and as always, attendance is free, but advance registration is required at Free parking is available (with ticket validation at sign-in) in Compuware’s parking deck directly behind the headquarters building, and refreshments will be served.

Mobile Monday Detroit is sponsored by Mobile Monday Michigan, Compuware and the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan.

Don’t forget to sign up on to arrange in advance to network with others who will be in attendance @

Mobile Monday Detroit is sponsored by Mobile Monday Michigan, Compuware and the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan.

MTAM is a Michigan-based non-profit trade association for the mobile / wireless technology industry. MTAM’s mission is to grow the industry and increase business use of the technology within the state, thereby generating increased entrepreneurial and enterprise-level opportunities and creating sustainable jobs. The organization’s primary function is to foster cooperation between the various factions of the mobile and wireless industry in the state and with its professional associations globally, with the State of Michigan, the investment community, the education community, and technology users to facilitate in-state growth of the industry.


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