Launch of ZooWhiz for Mobiles

Address by Graham East

There is a revolution under way!

I’m sure that the children here today already have considerable access to mobile computing via iPads, other tablets and smart phones at home.

  • Over 50% of Australians own or use a smart phone
  • 1 in 3 adults aged between 25 and 44 will use an iPad this year
  • Data downloads grew by 33% between April, May and June of this year
  • Use of mobile technology is growing 10 times faster than the introduction of the PC of the 1980s

Back in 1985 when I first saw a dot matrix printer and work kids had done coming out I knew that education was changing. Kids could write a story and print it out even if they had terrible handwriting! Little did I know that this was just the beginning! The spell checker was a revolution too and then came hard drives, colour screens, networks, laptops, CDs and now mobile computing.

Educational technologists have always dreamed of being able to have one computer for each child. I think that there is every chance that this will happen with the mobile revolution that is now upon us.

When we were testing ZooWhiz at PLC and Sandon the other day I saw kids really getting down and using iPads in the classroom for the first time. I was struck by the engagement, collaboration and differentiation that was happening. Shortly you’ll be able to see the same for yourselves as these children use ZooWhiz for Mobiles.

Since my first days in the classroom over 35 years ago it was evident to me that one on one instruction is one of the most powerful instructional modes. Children learn so readily when the challenge is individually tuned to their age and stage. Mobile technology and ZooWhiz deliver just that but it brings even more for the system also immediately gives them feed back on the appropriateness of their responses and records it all for later analysis by parent and teacher and all the time the kids are having fun!

In a few short years there will be a mobile tablet in every child’s school bag. Just as mobile technology has transformed the lives of adults so too it will impact the primary education. It’s just fantastic that we have been able to release ZooWhiz for Mobiles right at the beginning of this revolution.

With ZooWhiz for Mobiles our team have done something very special that is at the forefront of educational innovation.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of our team for the outstanding contribution they have made. It is simply stunning. I’d also like to acknowledge the work done buy other staff who have contributed to the IP that underpins ZooWhiz. We stand today on their shoulders.

Last of all I’d like to acknowledge the support that Barb has lent to this project and all that have gone before. Being involved with an adventurous type as I have turned to be has been quite a journey but her support has been constant and critical to all that has been achieved.

Mobile computing will usher in a new world for educators and we are delighted to be able to participate in the coming revolution by having a leading edge solution for mobiles available right now!

Background
Google’s research tells that 52% of Australians now own or use a smart phone1. In March 2012 16% of the US population owned our used an iPad – up 6% from the year before2. In 2012 33% of 25 – 44 year olds will use an iPad during the year2 . In Australia, data downloaded via mobile handsets grew by 32 per cent in the second quarter of 2012, compared to the fourth quarter of 20113. Use of mobile technology is growing 10 times faster than the introduction of the PC of the 1980s4 .

1 http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2012/05/aussies-use-smartphones-more-than-yanks/

2 http://www.newmediatrendwatch.com/markets-by-country/17-usa/855-mobile-devices?start=1

3 http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/mobiles/telcos-slash-data-on-mobile-plans-20121102-28op2.html

4 http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57500961-94/android-ios-growing-10-times-faster-than-pcs-did-in-the-1980s/