mobiles in education

World Bank to study "The Use of Mobile Phones in Education"

Posted by KatrinVerclas on Aug 10, 2009

There is a hot debate about whether the mobile phone or the computer is the tool of choice in education, especially in developing countries. And as valid that conversation is right now, we know, as a field, precious little about how mobiles are being used for education in developing countries.

A new World Bank landscape analysis of this emerging field of m-education is now trying to shed light on the question:  How are phones used for education purposes inside or outside of classrooms in developing countries? How well are these projects faring?

Spearheaded by Michael Trucano, an education specialist within the Bank, and supported by the Korean ICT Trust Fund, the study hopes to provide:

"guidance for World Bank technical assistance and investment activities related to the much-hyped potential for the use of mobile phones in education."

Mobile Phones, Mobile Minds: A Video About Mobile Natives

Posted by KatrinVerclas on Sep 19, 2007

Owning a mobile is becoming an indispensable element of young people's lives all around the world. This well-done 30-min video focuses on mobiles in education, explores whether mobiles are a force for good, or an example of technology gone awry; and offers a lot of cultural analysis of how young people use mobiles.

Produced by about young people's use of mobiles (albeit UK-focused), it is a good look at the world of young people with mobile phones, and the impact on schools and education. Young people are mobile natives and schools and NGOs better take heed.