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  • Mobile Learning for Mathematics Education for All | Sustainability | Scalability | Accessibility | Affordability
    • in formal /informal education in South Africa/Finland
  • Omashani Naidoo Nokia Mobile Maths
    • M-learning service
    • Implementation methodologies
    • Benefits for a learner
    • Benefits for a teacher
    • What makes this project successful
    • Evidence of results and impact
    Operations Manager, SchoolNet SA
  • The m-learning service
    • South Africa
    • Project started by the request of South Africa Vice President in Oct 2008
    • 2009- 300 learners from 6 schools
    • 2010- 4000 learners from 30 schools
    • 2011- 15 500 learners from more than 150 schools
    • Finland
    • 2010-2011 piloting in 4 schools
  • The m-learning service
    • Learners and teachers can access to interactive mathematics learning materials provided through a mobile delivery support platform combined with a social media application and a learning management system.
    • Support both formal and informal learning in secondary schools
    • Support teachers in their teaching and develops new skills for teachers
  • The m-learning service
    • Aligned to the current South African curriculum for Grade 10 mathematics.
    • Theory and questions from a database of approximately 10,000 questions categorized by topic and degree of difficulty.
    • Topic tests
    • Immediate feedback
    • Compare results with their classmates in their school, in other provinces, and nationally.
    • Peer to peer support via Mxit/Ovi chatting
    • Moodle LMS
  • Implementation methodologies
    • Active learning environment
      • Theory
      • Exercises
      • Digital support for learning processes (e.g. Dynamic topic-specific hints)
      • Peer-to-peer support
      • Competitions
      • Add-hoc tests
      • Self-testing (activity score, competence score)
      • Multi-dimensional messaging and collaboration
  • Implementation methodologies
    • Approaching and engaging children with their own tools
    • Learning is part of children’s life
    • Learner is focused
    • Positive competition
    • For formal and for informal learning
    • Combining learning and social networking
    • For learners and for teachers
    • Free service for learners
    • For all phones
    • Scalable
    • Affordable
    • Replicable
    • Sustainable
    Co-operation with global and local experts Partners Nokia , NSN., South African operators (MTN, CellC), Finnish operators (Telia Sonera, Elisa, DNA), Content provider (MML/Pearson Foundation), Provincial DOE, Mxit, DOE, SAFIPA, DST, DOC, Presidency, Local experts, MERAKA, NBA, SchoolNet SA
  • Implementation methodologies
    • In class or independently
    • Mobile access:
      • Own mobile
      • Shared mobile
      • Mobi-kit
    • 2011 access content via Internet
  • Benefits for a learner
    • 24/7 access to high quality learning materials - 10 000 additional exercises
    • short theory for each topic
    • immediate feedback
    • hints to guide learners to solve the problems
    • better awareness of own skills
    • internal competition
    • external competition (national/global activity score, competence score, ranking list)
  • Benefits for a learner
    • Additional exercise bank for teaching
    • Better understanding of the skills in class
    • Better communication possibility with learners
    • Diagnostic tool for problem areas
    • Homework administration (setting, marking and recording)
    • Improved digital literacy skills
    • Improved use of learning and teaching time
  • What makes this project successful
    • Sustainable, affordable, scalability and replicable considerations have driven the concept design
    • Research results have played important role in further development of the service
    • Zero rating of the IP address
    • Service for all phones
    • Focus on learner
    • Real 24/7 service
    • Lowers the cost of technology required to use such a service
    • Brings mathematics into the social networking space already used by youth
    • Does not put additional pressure on computer infrastructure in schools
    • Minimal teacher training
  • Achievements to date
    • Core group of 1,297 learners emerged as regular users over 2010 (52% of active learners)
    • Very positive feedback from learners and teachers
    • 28 % of regular users made use of either shared phone / mobi-kit phone
    • 82% of use was outside of school time
    • Continued use during holidays and strike
    • Continued use over one full year (often, despite non-use by teachers)
    • Preliminary analysis (Feb – June 2010) shows impact on learner results – 14 % better maths results fro those who were using the service
    (2010 academic year) Operators zero rating the service IP address (MTN, Cellc)
  • Achievements to date Grade 10 in 2010 and 2011 Academic Years 2010 Jan to Dec 2010 % of registered learners 2011 Jan to October 2011 % of registered learners Number of registered learners : 3,916 15754 Views and posts activity by learners     Total views and posts: 184,916 926461 Learners with >0 views or posts: 2,528 64% 63% Average views and posts: 75 58
  • Achievements ... some examples in 2011
    • In EC in School A average number of started attempts 107,9
    • In NW in School B average number of started attempts 83 and in school C 209
    • In WC in school D average number of started attempts 58
  • What next New content Fine-tuned modern back end system for mobile learning Additional functionalities for Nokia phones New countries New partners: Col, WorldBank, Pearson Foundation, Eskom
  • Learner Comments
    • ‘ I like it 100%. In class people were more active.’
    • ‘ I never used to like maths. I used to hate it but now I like it.’
    • ‘ It made learning of mathematics easy. It gives you answers whereas on textbooks you have to find answers yourself.’
    • ‘ The project has helped me in factorization. It showed different ways of factorizing which when practised enabled one to understand better’.
    • ‘ It taught me many things because it showed clearly how answers were arrived at.’
  • Main menu in Mxit
  • Curriculum
  • Theory
  • Theory
  • Examples
  • Questions
  • Step by Step approach
  • Investigative question
  • Score card
  • Many thanks to the Department of Education for their ongoing support of the MoMaths project