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Mobile Learning Matters in Developing Countries


According to the infographic from World Bank, the developing world is now more mobile than the developed world.  (Maximizing Mobile Infographic permanent URL : http://go.worldbank.org/0R9UEMJOC0) The mobile revolution is right at the start of its growth curve!

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Mobile learning matters significantly for developing world, why? Given Tablets but No Teachers, Ethiopian Children Teach Themselves!  (from MIT Technology Review)

With 100 million first-grade-aged children worldwide having no access to schooling, the One Laptop Per Child organization is trying something new in two remote Ethiopian villages—simply dropping off tablet computers with preloaded programs and seeing what happens.

The goal: to see if illiterate kids with no previous exposure to written words can learn how to read all by themselves, by experimenting with the tablet and its preloaded alphabet-training games, e-books, movies, cartoons, paintings, and other programs.

Early observations are encouraging, said Nicholas Negroponte, OLPC’s founder…

Muhammad Saleem shared an infographic made from the story with our readers, please have a look at how tablets may replace teachers.
Can Tablets Take the Place of Teachers?
Please Include Attribution to BachelorsDegreeOnline.com With This Graphic

At the end of 2012 there were an estimated six billion mobile phone subscriptions in the world. The unprecedented uptake of mobile phones in particular, in both developed and developing countries opens up new possibilities for increasing education access, equity and quality. How can mobile technologies advance literacy for all, especially in countries that are “book-poor but mobile-rich”? How can they support teachers’ professional development to improve education quality? And how can they further gender equality in education and increase opportunities for women and girls?

These specific Education for All-related questions will be addressed during the Second Mobile Learning Week (MLW) which will take place in UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from 18 to 22 February 2013. MLW 2013 is the UN flagship mobile learning event and will be attended by an international audience of ICT in education specialists, practitioners, policy makers and representatives from relevant NGOs and corporations.

More on mobile learning resources are here : Mobile Learning Resources curated by UNESCO.

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“Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand.” -------- Chinese Wisdom "Games are the most elevated form of investigation." -------- Albert Einstein
"I'm calling for investments in educational technology that will help create digital tutors that are as effective as personal tutors, educational software as compelling as the best video game," President Barack Obama said while touring a tech-focused Boston school (year 2011).
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