Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Asian Conference on Technology in the Classroom 2017 (ACTC2017)

Join us in Japan next spring for The Asian Conference on Technology in the Classroom 2017 (ACTC2017), May 11-14, 2017.

***ACTC2017 at a glance

The Asian Conference on Technology in the Classroom 2017 (ACTC2017) will be held alongside The Asian Conference on Language Learning 2017 (ACLL2017) in the beautiful and historic city of Kobe, Japan.

The abstract submission deadline is fast approaching. Submit now to participate in this international, interdisciplinary and intercultural event.

**Location: Art Center Kobe, Kobe, Japan
**Dates: Thursday, May 11 to Sunday, May 14, 2017
**Abstract Submission Deadline: December 28, 2016
**Enquiries: actc@iafor.org

SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT: iafor.org/actc2017-call-for-papers

Already had your abstract accepted? Register now: iafor.org/actc2017-registration

To find out more about registration packages, presentation options, conference events and more, please visit the conference website: actc.iafor.org

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***ACTC2017 Conference Theme: "Educating for Change"

"Technology" and "change" are two of the most commonplace words in education today. For educators, learners, policy makers, and researchers the questions and concerns frequently revolve around managing constantly changing technology, claims for improvements that technology will bring to the classroom and beyond, and changes that learners and teachers must accommodate themselves to. However, "educating for change" is not about any of these concerns. "For" forces us to examine the changes we wish to create first. What are our purposes? Why do we value certain changes over others? And then, how do we apply technology for the purpose of realising those changes?

A useful lens is to return to underlying definitions of learning to help us examine some of the changes that are possible in learning.

Applying technology to education and learning can change our behavior and the behaviors of our learners. We have all established new habits of mind through our interaction with technology.

Technology can be a powerful tool to augment learners' capacities to construct and therefore change knowledge and change themselves.

Technology may free us from old frames of reference by allowing learners and teachers to communicate farther and faster and with more people with more varied personal experiences than ever before.

However, technology will not help us achieve any of those changes without choosing them first, keeping those choices in mind, and then using the expertise of others. When technologists learn from psychologists, designers, sociologists, and economists or artists we can best reach our desired goals.

In conjunction with our global partners, we look forward to extending you a warm welcome in 2017.

– The ACTC2017 Organising Committee (iafor.org/actc2017-committee)

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***Programme

**Keynote Presentation: Beyond web 2.0: Designing authentic mobile learning for everyday contexts in Asia
Professor Mark Pegrum, The University of Western Australia, Australia

When the second generation of the web, or web 2.0, emerged around 2000, it opened up the possibility of promoting personalised but collaborative learning. A new generation of mobile context-aware technologies has now emerged, which builds on web 2.0 but goes beyond it, opening up the possibility of foregrounding authentic learning in everyday contexts. To capitalise on this new potential for educational change, it is essential to develop appropriate mobile learning designs. Drawing on Pegrum's (2014) 3-Level Mobile Learning Framework, Burden & Kearney's (2017) Mobile Pedagogical Framework, and Clandfield & Hadfield's (2017) Weak & Strong Interaction Model, this paper suggests that today's optimal mobile learning designs should involve activities where the devices, the learners, and the learning experiences are all mobile; where the three dimensions of personalisation, collaboration, and authenticity are foregrounded; and where both weak and strong interaction are present. The paper will illustrate the potential of mobile augmented reality (AR) language and literacy learning projects, most of which also incorporate elements of community building and cultural exploration. The main focus will be on recent gamified learning trails in Asia, such as the Singaporean AR Heritage Trails and the Hong Kong AR TIEs (Trails of Integrity and Ethics), where students learn collaboratively in real-world settings, while practising language, developing digital literacies and 21st century skills, building community, and exploring culture. We will consider how these gamified trails are structured to enable students to draw the greatest learning benefits from digitally supported, authentic, real-world interactions.

**Further speakers:
Professor Ted O'Neill, Gakushuin University, Japan
Professor Steve Cornwell, Osaka Women's University, Japan

**JALT Graduate Student Showcase

In partnership with The Japan Association of Language Teachers (JALT), student researchers presenting in the JALT 2016 Graduate Student Showcase have been invited to attend and present their work at a special JALT–IAFOR poster session at The Asian Conference on Language Learning (ACLL2017). This is an excellent chance for conference delegates to catch up on some of the latest developments in language learning and instruction.

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***IAFOR Publishing Opportunities

**Peer-reviewed journal: IAFOR Journal of Education

The IAFOR Journal of Education (joe.iafor.org) is an editorially independent journal associated with ACTC. The Editor of the journal will select the strongest papers from associated conference proceedings for inclusion. This open access journal, which conforms to the highest academic standards, reflects the interdisciplinary and international nature of our conferences.

**Conference Proceedings

If your abstract is accepted and you have registered for the conference, you are encouraged to submit a full paper for inclusion in the official conference proceedings. Our conference proceedings are open access research repositories, which act as permanent records of the research generated by IAFOR conferences. Submit your paper: iafor.org/actc2017-final-paper-submission

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***Join IAFOR at ACTC2017 to:

– Present to a global audience
– Have your work published in the Conference Proceedings and considered for peer-reviewed, open-access journals
– Benefit from IAFOR's interdisciplinary focus by hearing about the latest research in Technology in the Classroom, Language Learning, and more
– Participate in a truly international, interdisciplinary and intercultural event
– Take part in interactive audience sessions
– Network with international colleagues

**Register now to take advantage of Early Bird Registration and save over 20%. Early Bird Registration is open until January 31, 2017. Lunch is included in all conference registrations. Please see the registration page for details: www.iafor.org/actc2017-registration

*If you have attended an IAFOR conference within the past year, or belong to an affiliated university or institution, we offer additional discounts in appreciation of your support. Please contact us at actc@iafor.org for details.

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***About IAFOR

To learn more about IAFOR, please visit www.iafor.org. For enquiries please contact actc@iafor.org.

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