Preface: When a Book Came to be
Allison Druin and Benjamin B. Bederson
University of Maryland/ICDL Foundation, USA
During two snowy February days in 2008, 42 leaders from industry, academia, government agencies, and non-profit organizations came together for a workshop at the University of Maryland, supported by the National Science Foundation. Representing work in 12 countries, experts talked about the development and use of mobile phones, educational laptops for the developing world, pen-based computing, and much more. Participants gave examples of how children from around the world could use these mobile devices for everything from learning the alphabet, to collecting science data, to playing outdoor games, to collaboratively reading books.