Today there are over 5.9 billion mobile phone subscriptions worldwide, and for every one person who accesses the internet from a computer two do so from a mobile device. Given the ubiquity and rapidly expanding functionality of mobile technologies, UNESCO has released a series of reports about their potential to improve and facilitate learning, particularly in communities where educational opportunities are scarce.
While the existing education policies have yet to embrace the full potential of mobile learning. This Working Paper Series scans the globe to illuminate the ways in which mobile technologies can be used to support the United Nations Education for All Goals; respond to the challenges of particular educational contexts; supplement and enrich formal schooling; and make learning more accessible, equitable, personalized and flexible for students everywhere.
Illustrative Initiatives and Policy Implications
Exploring the Potential of Mobile Technologies to Support Teachers and Improve Practice
- Mobile Learning for Teachers in Latin America
- Mobile Learning for Teachers in North America
- Mobile Learning for Teachers in Europe
- Mobile Learning for Teachers in Asia
- Mobile Learning for Teachers in Africa and the Middle East
- Mobile Learning for Teachers: Global Themes
“10 Ways That Mobile Learning Will Revolutionize Education” is an article on how mobile devices will provide learning opportunities for people across age and income spectrum.(from Co.Design) Every day people around the globe are absorbed in exciting new forms of learning, and yet traditional schools and university systems are still struggling to leverage the many opportunities for innovation in this area. With findings from a frogMob - an open research tool that allows people to upload and contribute their own observations from around the globe – and additional research and insights contributed from World Economic Forum, 10 characteristics of mobile learning are concluded. Mobile learning has much business potential, and it brings opportunities of flexible and realistic learning to everyone.
- Continuous learning
- Educational Leapfrogging
- A new crop of older, lifelong learners (and educators)
- Breaking gender boundaries, reducing physical burdens
- A new literacy emerges: software literacy (this scenario is particularly relevant in emerging economies)
- Education’s long tail
- Teachers and pupils trade roles
- Synergy with mobile banking and mobile health initiatives
- New opportunities for traditional educational institutions
- A revolution leading to customized education
Another resource is a curation of mobile learning technology stories around the world from St. Marys City Schools, along with case studies on its own schools, and policy, helpful hints, tools, websites. It is for ICT educators facilitating mobile learning.
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