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How Mobiles Can Support Proven Education Approaches Steve Vosloom4Ed4Dev Symposium19 August 2011
What is mobile?2smartphones SD cardsNOT ONLY mobile phonestablet PCsUSB stickspersonalresponsesystemsaudio playerse.g. iPodse-readersvoicerecordersportable DVD playerscamcorders
Don’t focus on …Device or learning only“Any educational provision where the sole or dominant technologies are handheld or palmtop devices”Problem: Devices age! m4Ed is not just about learning – it’s about supporting the education ecosystem
Don’t focus on …4Mobility onlyLearning that happens anywhere, anytimeProblem:Books are the ultimate anywhere, anytime devices
Don’t focus on …1:1person-to-device ratioLatest and greatest (5.4bn subscribers, but most not smart)Lowest common denominator (for many “features phones” provide first and only access to the internet)
Dofocus on …Mobile devices that can enhance and extend learning, teaching, assessment and administration Real needs (not just “because we can”) in contextMobile device affordances
Affordances that meet needsInteractive (sometimes)Connected (sometimes)Image, audio, video recorders(sometimes)Mass storage (sometimes)GPS, accelerometer (sometimes)PervasiveCoolIntimate and personal
How does mobile support proven education approaches?
Improving literacyApproach: Maximisingthe amount of time spent on learning/instructionSolution: Reduce administrative and transport burden on teachersMobile: School or EduDept broadcasts SMSes(Frontline SMS or RapidSMS) for admin updates, timetable changes, venue changes, etc.Simple mobisite with info for teachersWhy mobile?CheapQuickEffective
Improving literacyApproach: Provide appropriate level and language reading materials to children and communitiesMobile: m4Lit/Yoza Project with m-novels
51%South African households that own no leisure books7%Public schools in South Africa that have functional libraries of any kind11
www.yoza.mobi / MXit
www.yoza.mobi / MXit
www.yoza.mobi / MXit300 000 reads40 000 comments69 000 subscribers
www.yoza.mobi / MXit
“It's great ... for me it really hard to pick up a book to start readin but I don mind readin on my phone”dotty1“The stories r interesting nd fun 2 read, they kip ma englshgng”Hlengiwegulubewww.yoza.mobi / MXitWhy mobile?AccessibleCheapCoolInteractiveReading goes social
System strengtheningApproach: Provide support to parents and caregivers, including information about nutrition and healthMobile: Create support groups between parents and caregivers and also broadcast nutrition/health tips, e.g. SMS-based groups in Project Zumbido (for HIV patients)Why mobile?QuickEffective
System strengtheningApproach: Ensure that girls and boys start school at the right age by encouraging on-time entry through public policies, campaigns, and trackingMobile: Register births in the field and follow up on when children should start schoolWhy mobile?Real timeEffective reporting
System strengtheningApproach: Provide post-primary educational opportunities, including second-chance learning opportunities that utiliseinnovative modes of deliveryMobile: DrMath on Mxit for live tutoring after hours (IM chat)Text to Change HIV knowledge quizzes (SMS)Why mobile?AccessibleAnywhere, anytime
System strengtheningApproach: Provide post-primary educational opportunities, including second-chance learning opportunities that utiliseinnovative modes of deliveryMobile: 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)Why mobile?AccessibleAnywhere, anytimeCool
System strengtheningApproach: Provide post-primary educational opportunities, including second-chance learning opportunities that utiliseinnovative modes of deliveryMobile:In community centre play educational videos from phone through Pico projector/TV, e.g. like Text2Teachproject in schools in  Philippines and TanzaniaWhy mobile?Good multimedia contentAnywhere, anytime
System strengtheningApproach: Provide post-primary educational opportunities, including second-chance learning opportunities that utiliseinnovative modes of deliveryMobile:Talking Bookprovides audio content for people who can’t read and don’t have electricity Why mobile?DurableNo electricityInteractiveRecordable
Thank youwww.mlab.co.zasteve@mlab.co.zatwitter.com/mlabsa23

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Examples of Mobile Interventions That Support Proven Education Approaches

  • 1. How Mobiles Can Support Proven Education Approaches Steve Vosloom4Ed4Dev Symposium19 August 2011
  • 2. What is mobile?2smartphones SD cardsNOT ONLY mobile phonestablet PCsUSB stickspersonalresponsesystemsaudio playerse.g. iPodse-readersvoicerecordersportable DVD playerscamcorders
  • 3. Don’t focus on …Device or learning only“Any educational provision where the sole or dominant technologies are handheld or palmtop devices”Problem: Devices age! m4Ed is not just about learning – it’s about supporting the education ecosystem
  • 4. Don’t focus on …4Mobility onlyLearning that happens anywhere, anytimeProblem:Books are the ultimate anywhere, anytime devices
  • 5. Don’t focus on …1:1person-to-device ratioLatest and greatest (5.4bn subscribers, but most not smart)Lowest common denominator (for many “features phones” provide first and only access to the internet)
  • 6. Dofocus on …Mobile devices that can enhance and extend learning, teaching, assessment and administration Real needs (not just “because we can”) in contextMobile device affordances
  • 7. Affordances that meet needsInteractive (sometimes)Connected (sometimes)Image, audio, video recorders(sometimes)Mass storage (sometimes)GPS, accelerometer (sometimes)PervasiveCoolIntimate and personal
  • 8. How does mobile support proven education approaches?
  • 9. Improving literacyApproach: Maximisingthe amount of time spent on learning/instructionSolution: Reduce administrative and transport burden on teachersMobile: School or EduDept broadcasts SMSes(Frontline SMS or RapidSMS) for admin updates, timetable changes, venue changes, etc.Simple mobisite with info for teachersWhy mobile?CheapQuickEffective
  • 10. Improving literacyApproach: Provide appropriate level and language reading materials to children and communitiesMobile: m4Lit/Yoza Project with m-novels
  • 11. 51%South African households that own no leisure books7%Public schools in South Africa that have functional libraries of any kind11
  • 14. www.yoza.mobi / MXit300 000 reads40 000 comments69 000 subscribers
  • 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”dotty1“The stories r interesting nd fun 2 read, they kip ma englshgng”Hlengiwegulubewww.yoza.mobi / MXitWhy mobile?AccessibleCheapCoolInteractiveReading goes social
  • 17. System strengtheningApproach: Provide support to parents and caregivers, including information about nutrition and healthMobile: Create support groups between parents and caregivers and also broadcast nutrition/health tips, e.g. SMS-based groups in Project Zumbido (for HIV patients)Why mobile?QuickEffective
  • 18. System strengtheningApproach: Ensure that girls and boys start school at the right age by encouraging on-time entry through public policies, campaigns, and trackingMobile: Register births in the field and follow up on when children should start schoolWhy mobile?Real timeEffective reporting
  • 19. System strengtheningApproach: Provide post-primary educational opportunities, including second-chance learning opportunities that utiliseinnovative modes of deliveryMobile: DrMath on Mxit for live tutoring after hours (IM chat)Text to Change HIV knowledge quizzes (SMS)Why mobile?AccessibleAnywhere, anytime
  • 20. System strengtheningApproach: Provide post-primary educational opportunities, including second-chance learning opportunities that utiliseinnovative modes of deliveryMobile: 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)Why mobile?AccessibleAnywhere, anytimeCool
  • 21. System strengtheningApproach: Provide post-primary educational opportunities, including second-chance learning opportunities that utiliseinnovative modes of deliveryMobile:In community centre play educational videos from phone through Pico projector/TV, e.g. like Text2Teachproject in schools in Philippines and TanzaniaWhy mobile?Good multimedia contentAnywhere, anytime
  • 22. System strengtheningApproach: Provide post-primary educational opportunities, including second-chance learning opportunities that utiliseinnovative modes of deliveryMobile:Talking Bookprovides audio content for people who can’t read and don’t have electricity Why mobile?DurableNo electricityInteractiveRecordable