Upgrading Your Mental App-titude
Thursday, Aug 07, 2014 — 4:00 EST
Learning More With Smartphone and Tablet Programs
Mahatma Gandhi once advised, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” The meaning being something along the lines of “Seize the day!” blended with “Never stop learning.” It’s a sentiment that many throughout history and the modern world agree with, especially the last one.
It’s no secret that some of the happiest and healthiest (as well as successful) people don’t quit learning, ever. And in this day and age, educating yourself outside the classroom is easier than any other time. All you need is a smartphone or tablet computer. Because no matter if you’re a current student looking for some help passing calculus, a parent hoping to better teach your kids geography, or a long-ago graduate who wants to learn a new language; there’s more than likely an app to help you do just that…and in a fun and interactive way.
Join us on August 7th, at 4pm ET/ 1PM PT for a conversation about this brave new world of digital education. We’ll be talking with experts on technology and learning about the subjects that are best learned via smartphone or tablet, what goes into a truly educational app, how to tell which ones will actually teach you something, and more.
Marco Morales is a designer at edX, working with an awesome team to help learners around the globe. Originally from Tijuana, Mexico, he commuted across the border to San Diego every day for school. He became a big believer in education and became passionate about working with real students and teachers to help create visual, self-directed learning environments that work well and look great too!
Andy Russell is a co-founder at Launchpad Toys, creators of the Toontastic apps for iPad and iPhone. Inspired by the movie BIG and a lifelong obsession with small brightly colored plastic bricks, Andy is a graduate of Learning Design programs at Stanford and Northwestern and has worked for companies like Hasbro and Sony PlayStation to design playful learning experiences for kids. One day when this startup thing is over, he hopes to rebuild his family's ice cream business.
The Editor-in-Chief of EdTech Digest, Victor Rivero tells the story of 21st-century education transformation. He's toured the country with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and written for, edited, and or contributed to American School Board Journal, Edutopia, edCetera, and various other publications. He's also provided consulting and editorial support to the Consortium for School Networking and overseen the annual EdTech Digest Awards Recognition Program featuring Cool Tool.
[Pic via Flickr - Motren Oddvik]