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Examples of Mobile Interventions That Support Proven Education Approaches

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Presented by Steve Vosloo at the m4Ed4Dev Symposium, 19 August 2011, Washington DC

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Examples of Mobile Interventions That Support Proven Education Approaches

  1. 1. How Mobiles Can Support Proven Education Approaches <br />Steve Vosloo<br />m4Ed4Dev Symposium<br />19 August 2011<br />
  2. 2. What is mobile?<br />2<br />smartphones <br />SD cards<br />NOT ONLY mobile phones<br />tablet PCs<br />USB sticks<br />personal<br />response<br />systems<br />audio players<br />e.g. iPods<br />e-readers<br />voice<br />recorders<br />portable DVD <br />players<br />camcorders<br />
  3. 3. Don’t focus on …<br />Device or learning only<br />“Any educational provision where the sole or dominant technologies are handheld or palmtop devices”<br />Problem: Devices age! m4Ed is not just about learning – it’s about supporting the education ecosystem<br />
  4. 4. Don’t focus on …<br />4<br />Mobility only<br />Learning that happens anywhere, anytime<br />Problem:Books are the ultimate anywhere, anytime devices<br />
  5. 5. Don’t focus on …<br />1:1person-to-device ratio<br />Latest and greatest (5.4bn subscribers, but most not smart)<br />Lowest common denominator (for many “features phones” provide first and only access to the internet)<br />
  6. 6. Dofocus on …<br />Mobile devices that can enhance and extend learning, teaching, assessment and administration <br />Real needs (not just “because we can”) in context<br />Mobile device affordances<br />
  7. 7. Affordances that meet needs<br />Interactive (sometimes)<br />Connected (sometimes)<br />Image, audio, video recorders(sometimes)<br />Mass storage (sometimes)<br />GPS, accelerometer (sometimes)<br />Pervasive<br />Cool<br />Intimate and personal<br />
  8. 8. How does mobile support proven education approaches?<br />
  9. 9. Improving literacy<br />Approach: Maximisingthe amount of time spent on learning/instruction<br />Solution: Reduce administrative and transport burden on teachers<br />Mobile: <br />School or EduDept broadcasts SMSes(Frontline SMS or RapidSMS) for admin updates, timetable changes, venue changes, etc.<br />Simple mobisite with info for teachers<br />Why mobile?<br />Cheap<br />Quick<br />Effective<br />
  10. 10. Improving literacy<br />Approach: Provide appropriate level and language reading materials to children and communities<br />Mobile: m4Lit/Yoza Project with m-novels<br />
  11. 11. 51%<br />South African households that own no leisure books<br />7%<br />Public schools in South Africa that have functional libraries of any kind<br />11<br />
  12. 12. www.yoza.mobi / MXit<br />
  13. 13. www.yoza.mobi / MXit<br />
  14. 14. www.yoza.mobi / MXit<br />300 000 reads<br />40 000 comments<br />69 000 subscribers<br />
  15. 15. www.yoza.mobi / MXit<br />
  16. 16. “It's great ... for me it really hard to pick up a book to start readin but I don mind readin on my phone”<br />dotty1<br />“The stories r interesting nd fun 2 read, they kip ma englshgng”<br />Hlengiwegulube<br />www.yoza.mobi / MXit<br />Why mobile?<br />Accessible<br />Cheap<br />Cool<br />Interactive<br />Reading goes social<br />
  17. 17. System strengthening<br />Approach: Provide support to parents and caregivers, including information about nutrition and health<br />Mobile: Create support groups between parents and caregivers and also broadcast nutrition/health tips, e.g. SMS-based groups in Project Zumbido (for HIV patients)<br />Why mobile?<br />Quick<br />Effective<br />
  18. 18. System strengthening<br />Approach: Ensure that girls and boys start school at the right age by encouraging on-time entry through public policies, campaigns, and tracking<br />Mobile: Register births in the field and follow up on when children should start school<br />Why mobile?<br />Real time<br />Effective reporting<br />
  19. 19. System strengthening<br />Approach: Provide post-primary educational opportunities, including second-chance learning opportunities that utiliseinnovative modes of delivery<br />Mobile: <br />DrMath on Mxit for live tutoring after hours (IM chat)<br />Text to Change HIV knowledge quizzes (SMS)<br />Why mobile?<br />Accessible<br />Anywhere, anytime<br />
  20. 20. System strengthening<br />Approach: Provide post-primary educational opportunities, including second-chance learning opportunities that utiliseinnovative modes of delivery<br />Mobile: Shareable (via Bluetooth) audio and video lessons, e.g. Dissections for All project in South Africa (mobile phones used by students to create short videos of frog dissections and shared)<br />Why mobile?<br />Accessible<br />Anywhere, anytime<br />Cool<br />
  21. 21. System strengthening<br />Approach: Provide post-primary educational opportunities, including second-chance learning opportunities that utiliseinnovative modes of delivery<br />Mobile:In community centre play educational videos from phone through Pico projector/TV, e.g. like Text2Teachproject in schools in Philippines and Tanzania<br />Why mobile?<br />Good multimedia content<br />Anywhere, anytime<br />
  22. 22. System strengthening<br />Approach: Provide post-primary educational opportunities, including second-chance learning opportunities that utiliseinnovative modes of delivery<br />Mobile:Talking Bookprovides audio content for people who can’t read and don’t have electricity <br />Why mobile?<br />Durable<br />No electricity<br />Interactive<br />Recordable<br />
  23. 23. Thank you<br />www.mlab.co.za<br />steve@mlab.co.za<br />twitter.com/mlabsa<br />23<br />

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