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Mobile Learning and Policy Implications

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Presented at the 9th Intel Education Summit, Stockholm, 6 November 2012

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Mobile Learning and Policy Implications

  1. 1. Mobile Learning andPolicy ImplicationsSteve VoslooUNESCO Programme Specialist: Mobile LearningPresented at the 9th Intel Education SummitStockholm, 6 November 2012
  2. 2. A few themes from Day 1 of the summit …
  3. 3. It’s not about the bike (the tech)
  4. 4. The pedagogy of mobile learning is critical
  5. 5. Connecting formal and informal learningsettings
  6. 6. Education is highly resistant to change
  7. 7. The ecosystem of mobile learning
  8. 8. The mobile revolution
  9. 9. In Africa mobile connectivity is becomingincreasingly common 2012 Estimated 735 2005 million mobile 87 million mobile subscriptions 1995 subscriptions 600,000 mobile subscriptions
  10. 10. Vastly improved functionality Bona fide computer Large screen Multimedia smartphones and communication tablets Feature phones Seamless internet Limited internet compatibility Basic mobile compatibility phones Small screens No internet compatibility
  11. 11. Increasingly ubiquitousand powerful mobile devices Potential to benefit learners everywhere Expandingapplicabilityfor teachingand learning
  12. 12. The mobile landscape is uneven
  13. 13. UNESCO’s work in mobile learning Mobiles for Teacher Literacy Development: Working Papers Development of Four Country Series: Global Women and Girls Projects Reviews Project Issues Paper on Issue Paper on Mobile Learning the Future of Policy Guidelines Mobile Learning for Mobile Learning Policy Online Support Resources
  14. 14. Turning on Mobile Learning in …• Africa and the Middle East• Asia• Europe• Latin America• North America• Global Themestinyurl.com/unescomobilelearning
  15. 15. Mobile Learning for Teachers in…• Africa and the Middle East• Asia• Europe• Latin America• North America• Global Themes
  16. 16. Aims of the Guidelines:• Raise awareness and put mobile learning onto the ICT in Education agenda.• Promote value and practicability of mobile learning.• Make high-level recommendations for creating policies that enable mobile learning.Primary Audience:• Policy makers
  17. 17. Continuum of response to mobile learning Ban Ignore/observe Engage
  18. 18. UNESCO Guidelines on Mobile LearningUnique Benefits of Mobile Policy Technologies for Recommendations Learning
  19. 19. 1) Expand the reach and equity of education2) Facilitate personalized learning3) Power anytime, anywhere learning4) Provide immediate feedback and assessment5) Ensure the productive use of time spent in classrooms6) Build new communities of students7) Support situated learning8) Enhance seamless learning9) Bridge formal and informal learning10) Assist learners in unusual circumstances11) Improve communication and administration12) Maximize cost efficiency
  20. 20. Expand the reach and equity of education
  21. 21. Facilitate personalized learning
  22. 22. Power anytime, anywhere learning
  23. 23. Provide immediatefeedback and assessment
  24. 24. Ensure the productive useof time spent in classrooms
  25. 25. Build new communities of students
  26. 26. Support situated learning
  27. 27. Enhance seamless learning
  28. 28. Bridge formal and informal learning
  29. 29. Assist learners in unusual circumstances
  30. 30. Improve communication and administration
  31. 31. Maximize cost efficiency
  32. 32. UNESCO Guidelines on Mobile LearningUnique Benefits of Mobile Policy Technologies for Recommendations Learning
  33. 33. 1) Create or update policies related to mobile learning2) Train teachers to advance learning through mobiletechnologies3) Provide support and training to teachers through mobiletechnologies4) Optimize educational content for use on mobile devices5) Ensure gender equality for mobile students6) Expand and improve connectivity options while ensuringequity7) Develop strategies to provide devices for students whocannot afford them8) Use mobile technology to improve communication andeducation management9) Promote the safe, responsible, and healthy use of mobiletechnologies10) Raise awareness of mobile learning through advocacy,leadership, and dialogue
  34. 34. Create or update policiesrelated to mobile learning
  35. 35. Train teachers to advance learning through mobile technologies
  36. 36. Provide support andtraining to teachers through mobile technologies
  37. 37. Create and optimizeeducational content for use on mobile devices
  38. 38. Ensure gender equality for mobile students
  39. 39. Expand and improveconnectivity options while ensuring equity
  40. 40. Develop strategies to provide devices forstudents who cannot afford them
  41. 41. Use mobile technology toimprove communication and education management
  42. 42. Promote the safe, responsible, and healthyuse of mobile technologies
  43. 43. Raise awareness of mobilelearning through advocacy, leadership, and dialogue
  44. 44. UNESCO Mobile Learning Week 2013UNESCO Headquarters Paris, France 18-22 February 2013www.tinyurl.com/mlw2013
  45. 45. Thank youtinyurl.com/unescomobilelearningse.vosloo@unesco.orgtwitter.com/stevevoslooslideshare.com/stevevosloostevevosloo.com

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