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From zero to hero - Is the mobile phone a viable learning tool for Africa?
Abstract In many countries mobile phones are being In many countries mobile phones are being banned from schools amidst growing concerns regarding their inappropriate use during school hours. However, the mobile phone is the de-facto most important networked knowledge exchange technology used in Africa and the most powerful universally-accessible computing device in the hands of Africans. How do we change the perception of the mobile phone as a disruptive influence in schools to one where it can be used to pragmatically support the learning process? MobilED (Mobile EDucation) is a 3-year international collaborative project aimed at creating meaningful learning environments using mobile phone technologies and services. The MobilED project was initiated in South Africa and the first two pilots consisted of exploratory research into the use of mobile phones in an advantaged private school and in a poor government school in Tshwane, South Africa. This paper examines the viability of the mobile phone as a learning tool in schools in Africa by using the MobilED project as a case study. It discusses the current anti-mobile phone situation in many schools in South Africa and suggests possible strategies to harness the potential of the mobile phone in practical ways as a pedagogically-appropriate learning tool in schools in Africa.priate learning tool in schools in Africa.
Abstractsub In many countries mobile phones are being In many countries mobile phones are being banned from schools amidst growing concerns regarding their inappropriate use during school hours. However, the mobile phone is the de-facto most important networked knowledge exchange technology used in Africa and the most powerful universally-accessible computing device in the hands of Africans. How do we change the perception of the mobile phone as a disruptive influence in schools to one where it can be used to pragmatically support the learning process? MobilED (Mobile EDucation) is a 3-year international collaborative project aimed at creating meaningful learning environments using mobile phone technologies and services. The MobilED project was initiated in South Africa and the first two pilots consisted of exploratory research into the use of mobile phones in an advantaged private school and in a poor government school in Tshwane, South Africa. This paper examines the viability of the mobile phone as a learning tool in schools in Africa by using the MobilED project as a case study. It discusses the current anti-mobile phone situation in many schools in South Africa and suggests possible strategies to harness the potential of the mobile phone in practical ways as a pedagogically-appropriate learning tool in schools in Africa.priate learning tool in schools in Africa.
Bibtextype inproceedings  +
Has author Ford M. + , Batchelor J. +
Has extra keyword Cellular telephones + , Computer aided instruction + , Cybernetics + , Developing countries + , Engineering education + , Information science + , Knowledge management + , Mobile devices + , Mobile phones + , Societies and institutions + , Teaching + , Africa + , Audio-wikipedia + , Computing devices + , Developing world + , ICT + , Information society + , Learning scenarios + , Mobile Learning + , School + , Search terms + , SMS + , South Africa + , Speech synthesizer + , Technology platforms + , Text + , Wikipedia + , E-learning +
Has keyword Africa + , Audio-wikipedia + , Computing device + , Developing world + , ICT + , Information society + , Learning scenarios + , Mobile learning + , Mobile phones + , School + , Search term + , SMS + , South Africa + , Speech synthesizer + , Technology platform + , Text + , Wikipedia +
Isbn 1934272256; 9781934272251  +
Language English +
Number of citations by publication 0  +
Number of references by publication 0  +
Pages 47–53  +
Published in IMSCI 2007 - International Multi-Conference on Society, Cybernetics and Informatics, Proceedings +
Title From zero to hero - Is the mobile phone a viable learning tool for Africa? +
Type conference paper  +
Volume 2  +
Year 2007 +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 7 November 2014 19:03:07  +
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