Boston (PRWEB) February 22, 2008
The International Children's Digital Library (ICDL) Foundation (http://www.childrenslibrary.org), today announced the Children's Mobile Workshop (http://www.cs.umd.edu/hcil/childrensmobileworkshop/) on February 21-22, 2008. The conference is designed to help explore the relationship between children's educational content and rapidly emerging new mobile technologies. The workshop, which will be hosted by the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory at the University of Maryland, will bring together academic researchers, industry experts, government specialists, and non-profit leaders. Together they aim to better understand what leading research is being done in this critical area, examine future research directions for the field, and to widely disseminate the findings of the workshop.
Mobile devices have emerged as the "computing platform" for the 21st century. Recent reports suggest that today there are more cell phones in many countries than there are traditional desktop computers with almost 10 times more new cells phones sold than desktop or laptop computers. This conference aims to better understand this phenomenon via keynote speakers, workshops, presentations, and group research and discussions. Keynote speakers will include Walter Bender, President - One Laptop per Child; Allison Druin/Ben Bederson, International Children's Digital Library; Ramon Morales, Intel; Glenda Revelle, Sesame Workshop; and Yvonne Rogers, Open University (UK). Children's Mobile Workshop will also be reserving 25% of their participant slots for graduate students. The CMW anticipates that the conference will gather roughly 35 top researchers in the field as well as 2-3 NSF program officers.
"We are delighted to be part of the Children's Mobile Workshop," says Tim Browne, Director of the International Children's Digital Library. "In bringing together experts in children's education and modern computing, we aim to discuss the intersection of technology, education, and computing and discover great new insights. This conference will have an extraordinary impact in the field."
The International Children's Digital Library (ICDL) Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting cultural understanding and tolerance by presenting the best of children's literature to children throughout the world. By making its extensive collection of books available online, it aspires to reach children, parents and educators who have limited access to libraries. The ICDL today has online more than 2,600 exemplary titles of its 5,000 books master collection, representing 56 countries and 42 languages.
Founded in 2002, the International Children's Digital Library (ICDL) has the world's largest collection of children's literature available freely on the Internet. Funded initially by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and Microsoft Research, ICDL debuted at an international celebration at the Library of Congress. The mission of ICDL is to identify exemplary books that help children to understand the world around them and the global society in which they live and make them freely available on the Internet. The materials in its collection, all presented in the original languages in which they were published, reflect similarities and differences in cultures, societies, interests, and lifestyles of peoples around the world. For more information, please visit ICDL on the Web at http://www.childrenslibrary.org.