Mobile Learning in Low Resource Countries

Mobile Learning in Low Resource Countries 2018-04-29T16:25:46+00:00

Mobile Learning in Low Resource Countries:

Efforts to improve literacy and learning in low-resource countries with mobile devices have long been greeted with great fanfare. After decades of investment and hype, where do we stand? What have we learned? What has worked? Why? What hasn’t?

The prospect—even inevitability—of classrooms becoming mobile-dependent mandates that we learn from past experiences. IBB has sponsored an extended report, Mobile Learning in Low Resource Countries, which summarizes knowledge to date, provides examples that illustrate trends, and suggests future directions for investment.

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  1. David Robson April 12, 2018 at 10:09 am - Reply

    I just downloaded the report and am surprised at how thorough it appears. 12 pages summarizing activity in the field and 4 pages of reverences/links. I’ll add another comment after reading it all.

    • Vic Korenman April 12, 2018 at 5:25 pm - Reply

      Look forward to your next comment..

  2. Wendy Saul May 14, 2018 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    In many ways, educational technology appears to be a solution in search of a problem. I am not meaning to suggest that it is NOT a solution, but rather that we need to see what it can do that is both useful and do-able, that can’t be done as well by other entities like teacher or books? Can little kids learn to read on a phone screen when their tendency is to point to words? Does word calling, even if taught well on a screen, lead effectively to meaning making? Will parents in low resource countries allow a first grader to take to school the one phone available in a family? That said, shipping books and training teachers is expensive in both time and money. As this study points out, machines alone won’t “do the trick.” Would love to hear from folks on the ground about their experiences with technology in educational settings.

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