By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal
BOONEVILLE – Educators traveled from throughout the state to attend Northeast Mississippi Community College’s fifth annual Mobile Learning Conference.
Held Monday through Wednesday at the school, the conference had sessions designed to help kindergarten to 12th-grade teachers, higher education instructors and information technology professionals better incorporate technology in schools.
“It was well planned out,” said Kerry Sullivan, academic dean for Washington School in Greenville. “There were a variety of different skills for different positions in education – IT, administrators, educators, beginners, etc. It was a very well-rounded workshop.”
The event’s 21 presenters spoke about using iMovie, iTunes U, iPhone photography and digital textbooks, among other topics. On Wednesday, Northeast Webmaster Jeffrey Powell, the conference’s founder, led a session about apps that are helpful in education.
He spoke about a calculator that solves hand-written math problems, an exercise from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that allows participants to play “disease detective,” a program does virtual performances of Shakespearean plays and applications that allow users to create documents, presentations and movies, among others.
“There was so much information in a short amount of time,” Aleta Sullivan, biology instructor at Pearl River Community College, said of Powell’s presentation.
She said she learned not only from the presentations, but also from the interaction with the conference’s 55 attendees.
“I hope they go back to their classrooms and start implementing the practices we showed them,” Powell said.
John Ammons, a biology instructor at Mississippi Delta Community College, was particularly moved by Monday’s keynote by Jeff Borden, vice president of instruction and academic strategy at Pearson.
“It was about where mobile learning is, where it is going, the rate in which it is traveling and how it is disseminating across all walks of life,” he said.