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Mobile Phone Learning

Mobile phones, compared to computers, are low cost & have high penetration in developing countries (in Africa, penetration is ~50% for mobiles vs. ~10% for internet). So, there’s a large opportunity to deliver appropriate educational technology/content through mobiles, for those who currently can't access low-cost computer initiatives like One Laptop Per Child. Mobiles, computers, & other technologies can improve developing world education in parallel, and may possibly converge in the future. Please watch the video to see what a difference m-learning could make.

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Examples of Mobile Education Programs:

-Language Instruction: BBC English audio/SMS lesson for Bangladesh (

-M-Textbooks: 5 of the 10 2007 bestselling novels in Japan were m-novels, m4LitProject launched in South Africa to use mobile novels to support youth reading & writing ( )

-Wikipedia Access: through cell phone & physical tags, partly developed in Ghana (, )

-Educational Multimedia Content:

-Interactive Audio Lessons/Evaluation:

-SMS Quizzes:

*The many mobiles that get discarded each year can be re-purposed (wipe personal data, load new software such as textbooks/educational apps) & are useful even when not connected:


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Love this, great idea.

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