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Travis Allen to be Keynote Speaker for UCM's Distance Learning Week

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Nov. 2, 2011) – As a high school student, Travis Allen was frustrated when an instructor would not allow him to use his new iPhone as a learning tool in class because it was considered a telephone. The result was the development the iSchool Initiative, a student-led, not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the contributions of current technology to digital learning across the nation.

Travis Allen
Travis Allen

Allen will be the keynote speaker at the University of Central Missouri’s annual Distance Learning Week celebration planned for Nov. 7-11. He will speak on the topic of “Social Media” at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, followed by the keynote address, “Becoming and Mobile Learner,” at 12:30 p.m., both in Elliott Union 236. He also will present “Introduction to the iPad” at 2:30 p.m. in Room 1260 of the James C. Kirkpatrick Library. The public is invited to attend.

Allen has been described as a young visionary for digital learning in the classroom. As a high school student, he created a viral YouTube video on revolutionizing education in America through mobile learning. Today, as a junior at Kennesaw State University, he brings only an iPad to class instead of paper, pen and books. Working closely with the Students in Free Enterprise, an international not-for-profit organization at KSU, he expanded his vision into a growing movement, with schools all over the world adopting the iSchool Initiative's concept.

Allen manages a team of 30 people with the iSchool Initiative who are touring the country providing seminars, workshops, publications, and a network for students and educators to motivate them to become life-long digital learners in the Information Age. He is quickly becoming one of the top leaders in the emerging digital learning revolution movement.

In addition to Allen’s presentations on Nov. 10, Distance Learning Week at UCM will include a week of seminars, webinars and training sessions centered on distance learning, technology and online education. Throughout the week, the Distance Learning Week Online Trivia Game will offer an opportunity to win a Kindle.

 “Bringing a speaker like Travis Allen to UCM adds an exciting element to our annual celebration of National Distance Learning Week,” said Barb Carder, assistant director of distance learning at UCM. “His innovative approach to integrating technology into all aspects of education will be an inspirational message for all of us.”   

For the full schedule of events associated with Distance Learning Week at UCM, visit