Speaker to discuss using new technologies in education

February 8 2007

A widely published expert on the use of new technologies in education will speak at Indiana State University on "21st Century Learning Styles and Mobile Technologies."

The presentation by Chris Dede of Harvard University will be at 1 p.m. Feb. 22 in Cunningham Memorial Library?s main browsing area. It will be presented as part of the ISU Center for Instruction Research and Technology's 2006-07 Speaker Series.

Dede will report on projects that used common wireless devices such as cell phones, portable gaming platforms and PDAs in teaching. He will also discuss the implications of incorporating what he calls "augmented realities" into a variety of subject areas and among diverse groups of students.

"Emerging interactive media are shaping users' motivations, attributes, and social patterns into types of learning styles quite different than those based on sensory, personality, or intelligence factor," said Dede, who is Timothy E. Wirth Professor of Learning Technologies at Harvard?s Graduate School of Education.

Today's students "seek learning situations that interweave face-to-face interactions with shared virtual experiences," Dede said.

The program is free and open to the public. Area educators at all levels, from elementary through high school and college, are especially invited.

Contact: Susan Simkowski, associate director, Center for Instruction Research and Technology, Indiana State University, (812) 237-2676.

Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3743 or dave.taylor@indstate.edu

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Chris Dede, Timohty E. Wirth Professor of Learning Technology at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education will speak on "21st Century Learning Styles and Mobile Technologies" at 1 p.m. Feb. 22 in Indiana State University's Cunningham Memorial Library. Dede will report on projects that used common wireless devices such as cell phones, portable gaming platforms and PDAs into teaching.

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