Panel Discussion

How can we enhance global collaboration in CUMTEL?


16:00-17:30, November 9th, 2007


A personal, portable computer is an exciting opportunity for children to explore science and society, to develop new media literacies and to converse and share online. It is also a huge responsibility, to make sure that the initiative really does help children to learn, in ways that are matched to their needs, interests and cultures. As members of an international community of researchers from more than twenty countries around the world, called G1:1 (globally, one computer for one person), we have been exploring a future in which everyone will have access to a computer for learning. Twenty years of experience with personal computers and education tells us that simply owning a computer is insufficient to realize ideal individualized learning. We have seen failures and successes: from the 1980's when personal computers were dumped in many schools without appropriate software, teacher preparation or supporting learning activities, to the exciting present-day growth of informal learning by young people using mobile phones and home computers for networking, conversation and idea sharing. Reflecting on this, collaboration with educators, scientists, governments, and even foreign institutions is very important. Also, not only learners move inside their home counties but also they go to foreign countries to learn. Therefore, we think that G1:1 community will be a good platform to realize global collaboration to exchange ideas and components. Also, APSCE SIG on CUMTEL (Classroom, Ubiquitous, and Mobile Technologies Enhanced Learning) is created to discuss about this. CUMTEL is formerly called MULE (Mobile and Ubiquitous Learning Environments). In this panel, we will invite researchers in different countries as panelists to understand the current situation in CUMTEL in each country and to think about how we can collaborate for a global joint research.

Open questions for all:

Opening talk (pdf)  



Hiroaki Ogata, University of Tokushima, Japan (pdf)