In just four short years, the steering committee of the International Society for Technology in Education’s (ISTE) Special Interest Group for Mobile Learning has expanded from a mere six members to 33, and the group itself now has over 3,000 members, according to Elliot Soloway, chairman of the group and professor at the University of Michigan. The primary mission of the group, abbreviated SIGML, is to educate members and the education community at large about the benefits and challenges of implementing mobile learning plans.
This fall, the group launched a new webinar series to drive the conversation. “Education in the Age of Mobilism” took place on Nov. 3, and now webinars are planned for each month. The group also has a new wiki to allow group members to continue the conversation after each webinar.
“Educators will become educated in the ins and outs, strengths and weaknesses, and challenges and benefits of mobile learning devices,” says Soloway.
The group’s theme this year is to “grow the conversation.” According to Soloway, while mobile learning has gained momentum and become a buzzword among school districts, very few have actually implemented BYOD programs within their schools.
“It takes time to make the shift,” he says. “Despite hesitation, people are recognizing technology’s capability. It takes patience and failure, but that’s what our group explains.”