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For Immediate Release:

Mobile Technologies Create New Learning Paths For World’s Children

Possibilities Discussed at International Human-Computer Interaction Conference

Boston, MA - (March 23, 2009) -- A team of experts from research and industry at the ACM Conference on Computer-Human Interaction (CHI), Tuesday, April 7th will seek ways to extend mobile technologies developed in industrialized countries to all the world’s children. Led by Allison Druin, Director of the Human Computer Interaction Laboratory at the University of Maryland, the panel discussion, entitled “Mobile Technologies for the World’s Children”, will take place at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Presenting their ideas about applying mobile technology to enhance education are: David Cavallo, of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC); Jim Gray, of LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc.; Glenda Revelle, of Sesame Workshop; Christopher Fabian, of UNICEF; Benjamin Bederson, of the University of Maryland; and Yvonne Rogers, of Open University, UK.

The panelists will respond to pre-recorded questions from children around the world about how they plan to use mobile technologies in education, and solicit suggestions on reactions to these applications from these children. “By understanding children's concerns, we will be able to build new mobile technologies that offer children diverse paths to learning wherever they may live," notes Druin.

The annual conference on Computer-Human Interaction (www.chi2009.org) is the premier worldwide forum for exchanging information on all aspects of how people interact with computers. CHI 2009 runs from April 4-9. It offers two days of pre-conference workshops and four days of dynamic sessions that explore the future of computer-human interaction with researchers, practitioners, educators and students.

More than 2000 professionals from over 40 countries are expected at this year's conference, which marks 27 years of research, innovation and development of the Computer-Human Interaction community. CHI 2009 is sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Human Interaction (SIGCHI). Organizations contributing to the financial support of the conference include Autodesk, Inc.; Google, Inc.; Microsoft Corp.; and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

About ACM

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery (www.acm.org), is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field’s challenges. ACM strengthens the computing profession’s collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.