Microsoft Mobility Briefing

The Microsoft Mobility Briefing July 10th 2007

Microsoft Campus, Reading, RG6 1WG

In conjunction with several leading figures in the field of Mobile Learning, the Microsoft Education team would like to invite Educational professionals and IT professionals to explore the developments and potential of the Mobile Learning in light of exciting changes to both the technology and the broader Educational landscape.

10.00 – 10.25 Arrival, coffee & registration

10.25 – 10.30 Welcome, Introduction and agenda

An introduction to the briefing, and setting of the agenda for the day.

10.30 – 11.15 Keynote speech

Professor Angela McFarlane is one of the foremost contributors to the field of Mobile Learning. Professor McFarlane is the Professor of Education & Director of Learning Technology at the University of Bristol. Having worked for Becta and as a teacher, she brings a diverse range of experience that contributes to the strides she has made for ICT in Education.

11.15 – 12.00 The future of Mobile Learning

Jason Langridge is Microsoft’s Mobility Manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Jason will be looking at how Mobile technologies have matched the challenge put forward by learning, and how future developments will go further, and bridge the shortfalls.

12.00 – 12.55 Lunch

12.55 – 13.00 Introduction to the breakout rooms

You can participate in one, two, or three of the below breakout sessions, or use the time for further networking. Each session will last for approximately 30 minutes.

13.00 – 14.30 Breakout rooms, session 1 (Each Breakout session last 30 minutes)

A) Jason Langridge, Microsoft. A dive into the technological developments Microsoft has made in Mobile technologies.

B) Paul Butler, SMIS. Paul is the Strategic Director at Sandwell’s Schools Management Information System unit, and will be discussing the recent PiE (PDA’s in Education) project.

C) James George, Samsung. James will be discussing Samsung’s strides in Education and discussing the much publicised ‘Q1’ devices.

D) Sheila Crew, Bristol LEA. Sheila Crew and Andy Menzies will be discussing their experiences of their PDA project at Bristol, spanning 160 teachers and 350 students – the results were included in a recent Becta report.

14.30 – 14.45 Coffee break

14.45 – 16.15 Breakout rooms, session 2 (Each Breakout session last 30 minutes)

E) Graham Brown-Martin, Handheld Learning. Graham’s vision at Handheld Learning is simple “Within the next 5 years every learner will have access to a mobile digital companion that may be used as a powerful learning tool.” Understand how Graham believes this is feasible.

F) Gerry Gray, Courtmoor School & Jo Verrier, Newline Learning. Two very different schools share their experiences of mobile learning.  One at the beginning of the journey, the other ½ way to achieving 1 - 1 ratio of mobile device per student. These two practitioners share their experiences, and offer advice and guidance.

G) Dave Whyley, Wolverhampton LEA. Dave will be discussing the well-regarded Learning2Go partnership project in Wolverhampton. Understand what has been learnt from the largest collaborative mobile learning project for pupils in the UK.

H) Aidan Pryor, Steljes. One of the key partners of the Learning2Go partnership; understand the strategy for one of the leading organisations in the mobile learning arena.

16.15 – 16.30 Wrap-up, prize giving, and close of briefing.

Your opportunity for an open Q & A session, a wrap up to the day, prize-giving and close to the briefing.


Microsoft Campus, Thames Valley Park, Reading, RG6 1WG.

0870 60 10 100

To confirm your place, please email Lewis Isaacs:

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