Thursday 20th June 2013
Our 5th bMobLe conference theme is "Igniting Learning" and focuses on how schools are utilising innovative technologies and pedagogies to accelerate achievement across all areas of the curriculum. This is a conference for all school staff and particularly senior leaders who are interested in how the effective use of innovative pedagogies and technologies can impact on management and attainment across the whole school. Full details of this year's conference can be found on the left hand menu.
The acronym bMobLe stands for the Bradford Mobile Learning network. bMobLe was set up in Autumn 2008 by Dr. Alan Beecham, James Langley and Phil McLear . The network was inspired after attending the Handheld Learning Conference in London on an annual basis. We decided that it would be useful to run a series of mobile learning meetings and conferences for the north of England. These meetings would be accessible by teachers, SMTs, technical support providers and consultants (ICT and other). In February 2009 we organised the inaugural bMobLe "Next Generation Learning" Conference.
In recent years mobile / handheld learning has become synonymous with the day to day provision that the Curriculum Innovation team deliver and as such is no longer seen as a strand of ICT that stands alone.
Due to the proliferation of wireless and 3G networks and the abundance of smart phones, netbooks and tablets, mobile learning can be considered the most common way of accessing, interacting with and creating digital content. The effective use of such digital devices and content to increase attainment in schools is today embraced and utilised by all Bradford Council Learning and Curriculum delivery team consultants. Examples of 3rd Millennium Learning work we are engaged with can be found on our blog and further information about the provision we provide to Primary and Secondary schools can be found throughout this website.
As we move further into the 21st century we can be sure that there will be an ever increasing demand for secure, robust and fast wireless internet connectivity throughout school spaces (internal and external) and that there will be more and more portable devices (school owned and personal) connecting to these networks as we realise the true potential of 3rd Millennium Learning.