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BridgeIt MobileActive

  1. 1. Increasing the Quality of Education Through the Innovative Use of Technology MobileActive Conference Johannesburg, October 14 th , 2008
  2. 2. ICT for Development <ul><li>UN Millennium Development Goal 8, Target 18 </li></ul>“ In cooperation with the private sector, make available the benefits of new technologies--especially information and communications technologies”
  3. 3. What is Bridge it ? <ul><li>A project in the Philippines and Tanzania that provides teachers access to a broad variety of digital video content in math, science, English and life skills in their classrooms ‘ on-demand ’ by sending an SMS message through a cell phone, which activates digital files to be delivered either to a DVR or mobile phone and then viewed on a television . </li></ul>
  4. 4. Project Impact <ul><li>Philippines </li></ul><ul><li>938 schools </li></ul><ul><li>1,241 primary school teachers </li></ul><ul><li>357,000 rural and urban students </li></ul><ul><li>Tanzania </li></ul><ul><li>200 schools </li></ul><ul><li>1,000 primary school teachers </li></ul><ul><li>10,000 rural and urban students (with at least 50% girls) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Project Vision <ul><li>A sustainable contribution to bridging the digital divide by complementing the local curriculum with high quality educational content delivered through a high-speed digital connection and integrated teacher training </li></ul>
  6. 6. Project Goal <ul><li>To significantly increase the educational quality and achievement among boys and girls in primary schools in math, science, and life skills through the innovative use of cell phone and digital technology </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Partners Educational multimedia content. Curriculum integration. Teacher training. Project leader. Project design, monitoring, evaluation. Local project coordination. Local content development. Life skills content development. Grant management. Technical infrastructure. Software application development. Business model. Pilot funder. Project funder Ministry of Education: ICT & education framework. Curriculum integration. Local content adaptation. Training.
  8. 8. Key Objectives <ul><li>To work with the Ministry/Department of Education and others to launch Bridge IT and integrate it into the education system, at low cost, in order to reach the greatest number of children and teachers possible; </li></ul><ul><li>To improve teacher performance in Bridge it classrooms, as determined by changes in the quality of interaction and teaching in the classroom; and </li></ul><ul><li>To increase learning gains and knowledge retention among upper primary students in math, science, English and life skills in Bridge it classrooms, with a particular emphasis on girls. </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Technology <ul><li>Two variations of technical solution </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mobile/satellite hybrid </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mobile 2G/3G </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Comparable costs over time </li></ul><ul><li>Chosen architecture depends on local cellular infrastructure and geography </li></ul>
  10. 10. Technical Architecture <ul><li>Mobile/Satellite Hybrid </li></ul><ul><li>Standard handset </li></ul><ul><li>SMS ordering </li></ul><ul><li>Satellite download </li></ul><ul><li>Set-top box/DVR storage </li></ul><ul><li>TV </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile 2G3G (BridgeIT 2.0) </li></ul><ul><li>3G phone (8gb memory) </li></ul><ul><li>SMS ordering </li></ul><ul><li>3G download </li></ul><ul><li>Phone storage </li></ul><ul><li>TV </li></ul>
  11. 11. Mobile/Satellite Hybrid Satellite GSM/3G Network Satellite Network Operator Service Provider Set-top Box Reception Dish TV Cell Phone
  12. 12. Mobile 2G/3G Satellite GSM/3G Network Satellite Network Operator Service Provider Set-top Box Reception Dish TV Cell Phone
  13. 13. Learning Gains: Philippines Grade 5 Grade 6
  14. 14. Key Success Factors <ul><li>Over 536 schools fully operational with broad curriculum (science, math, English) </li></ul><ul><li>Over 116,000 students in 5 th and 6 th grade </li></ul><ul><li>Strong local ownership with broad based private and civil society support…“power of multi-sector partnership” </li></ul><ul><li>Existing curriculum/ICT strategy as foundation for project </li></ul><ul><li>Objective, unambiguous success indicators (improved grades, better motivation has resulted) </li></ul><ul><li>Technology forces shift in classroom dynamics (teacher-centered to teacher/student collaborative learning) </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers motivated with increased status in local community </li></ul><ul><li>New local content streams developed –adult education, teacher in-service </li></ul><ul><li>Cost effective solution over time </li></ul>
  15. 15. Challenges <ul><li>Complexity of startup operations (consensus building, infrastructure assessment, role/responsibilities, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul><ul><li>Evolving technology </li></ul><ul><li>Project management </li></ul><ul><li>Transitioning of ownership </li></ul>