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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 ( http://www.bbcjanala.com/)


-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 ( http://m4lit.wordpress.com )


-Wikipedia Access: through cell phone & physical tags, partly developed in Ghana ( http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6411961.stm, http://www.semapedia.org )


-Educational Multimedia Content: http://www.museumonthego.com



-Interactive Audio Lessons/Evaluation: http://lives.cs.ubc.ca/



-SMS Quizzes: http://www.m-learning.org/m-learning-solutions/sms-quiz-authoring



*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: http://www.psfk.com/2010/08/encyclopdf-wieden-kennedy-new-york-responds-to-psfk-future-of-health-report.html

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DeletedUser

Love this, great idea.

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DeletedUser

Love this, great idea.

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DeletedUser

Absolutely agree. I just posted a similar suggestion. I think this could become a really scalable model. Getting network operators involved could reduce or remove transaction costs.

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This is a really good point. It makes a lot of sense to use the tools that people already have at their disposal.