Introducing Mobile Learning in Kindergartens in Senegal
Introducing Mobile Learning in Kindergartens in Senegal: Early Results and Large Scale Development Plan Chun Hei Cheung, Project Manager @senmobile http://senmobile.com
Established in Senegal Technology startup specializes in mobile solutions targeting the general population Apps (health, sport, education, business) SMS services (health, sport, education) Developers based in Senegal (Coded in Country)
Problem Addressing mobile learning for children in kindergarten Pupils Exposure to technology Access to computers Different ways of learning Teachers Large class size Difficulty to provide each child with individual attention Hard to track student progress Resources for technology
Solution Series of mobile apps for kindergarten children Model to integrate them in a classroom settingApps The appsEasy to use Formes123Sound Lettres123Icons / Images / Colors Chiffres123(Touch) Civicedu123Avoid text SuiteABCInstant feedback and Suite123assessment Colors123User experienceMakes learning funLocal content (culture,language, curriculum)
Pilot Piloted in 3 schools, called cases des tout-petits (hut of toddlers), in 3 different cities in underprivileged neighborhoods St. Louis Louga Thiès More than 90 pupils
Educational model Draw me a mobile phone! What do you know about mobile phones?
Educational model Using oversized printouts of the phones, teach students each part of the device: icons, keyboard, buttons, trackball
Educational model Manipulation of the mobile phones: icons, keyboard, buttons, trackball
Educational model Children start using the apps and start learning!
Interviews with Early observations teachers Record pupils Students using apps In 2 sessions pupils are able to use the apps independently Pupils motivated by mobile phones Pupils help each other and worked collaboratively Proud of achieving success screens for answering questions correctly They want more apps! Teachers Liked active learning Fights against the digital divide Verbalizes what children have learned Saves time Easier to assess pupils knowledge Encourages teamwork New ways of learning
Business plan Work with the cases des tout-petits and private schools Sell the apps (with online and SMS extensions) Setup and training for teachers Follow-up and assessment of the project Summer and after-school programs Establish a phone borrowing service with phones acquired through phone manufacturers and operators We have an inventory of 50 Blackberry phones For scalability and sustainability: Partnership with phone manufacturers and operators Seeking funding Establish a partnership with the Senegalese education ministry