Malcolm McLaren Headlines Global Education Forum Supported by Nintendo

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Pop culture visionary and icon Malcolm McLaren will address global thought leaders and innovators from the education, electronics and entertainment sectors at a London conference in October focused on transforming learning through the use of mobile computing and other consumer technologies that are integrated within the everyday lives of young people.

Malcolm McLaren

The provision of the iPod's is not a gimmick

More than 1,500 international thought leaders and innovators will come together during October 5th-7th 2009 at the annual Handheld Learning Conference in London. The event has become the largest of its kind focused on learning, teaching and mobile computing where the impact of technologies ranging from smart phones and mp3 players to handheld gaming consoles and inexpensive netbooks are embraced to explore new ways to make transformational improvements in global learning.

Supported directly by Nintendo and Apple, through their reseller network, along with the principle government agencies from the UK including Becta, TDA, Partnerships for Schools, Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, LSN and Learning and Teaching Scotland the event is unique in bringing together traditionally disparate sectors into an engaging debate about new learning and teaching methods for the 21st Century.

Headline speaker, Malcolm McLaren said, "Through all aspects of society be it art, design, the financial markets, government, technology or communications we are witnessing unprecedented global transformation - the result of which is impossible to predict. We are, in effect, living through a form of chaos and this must surely affect the way in which we teach a generation unlike any before. A generation for whom music, film and television aren't the staples of their media experience, where immediate access to information, communication and entertainment is expected and where our schooling systems with their league tables, curriculums and outmoded assessments fail to nurture the creative innovators upon which our future depends."

Other confirmed speakers include American academic James Paul Gee, MIT OLPC Chief Learning Architect, David Cavallo, Former Commissioner for London Schools, Sir Tim Brighouse, international learning advocate, John Davitt, teacher & innovator, Tim Rylands, Digital Entrepreneur, Donald Clark and Professor Elizabeth Hayes from Arizona State University.

Delegates who register in time receive a FREE Apple iPod touch for them to keep as well as use during the conference.

"The provision of the iPod's is not a gimmick" says conference founder Graham Brown-Martin "they put the delegate in the position of a modern day learner, constantly connected and mobile facilitating updated conference information and instant messaging via Skype. And, of course all of the sessions will be podcast at the end of each day right into the iPod."

The theme of the conference is "creativity, innovation, inclusion and transformation" and includes a series of inspiring talks, interactive breakouts, presentations by young learners, hands-on activities with the very latest technologies and an awards party to celebrate those practitioners who have been working at the leading edge.

Now in its fifth year the conference, hosted by Learning Without Frontiers, has proven to be an agenda-setting event that attracts the leading educationalists from all over the world as well as key players from the consumer electronics and entertainment software industries.

About Learning Without Frontiers

Learning Without Frontiers (LWF) hosts the Handheld Learning Conference. Shareholders include Chris Deering, former Chairman and President of Sony Computer Entertainment, Tim Chaney, former President of Virgin Interactive Entertainment and Graham Brown-Martin. LWF brings together global thought leaders, innovators and practitioners from the education, electronics and entertainment sectors and engages them in continuous dialogue about entirely new ways to improve learning and communication. The company hosts a number of large online communities and conferences including those dedicated to learning, teaching and mobile computing, videogames, social media and learning, digital safety and identifying next generation teaching professionals.

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