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Paving the path to mobile learning in Latin America

02 July 2012

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Paula Leighton, regional consultant and journalist at finds out how the use of phones in education is a growing trend in Latin America. She outlines the effectiveness of the technology and also the challenges in making it more sustainable.

While the first decade of the 21st century witnessed numerous initiatives to provide every child with access to a laptop, more recently there has been a steady increase in projects exploring the use of mobile phones for learning.

Several such projects have emerged in Latin America. But there are significant challenges to realising the full potential of their classroom applications.

Mobile learning, or 'm-learning', involves the use of standard mobile phones and smartphones, either alone or in combination with other technologies, for educational purposes.

Paving the path to mobile learning in Latin America
Image Credits:Flickr/Matt JP/SciDev/Most people in Latin America now own mobile phones

With around six billion mobile phone subscriptions worldwide, these devices present an unprecedented opportunity to support learning in a cheaper, ubiquitous and more portable format than even low-cost computers.

Last month, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) published 12 working papers reviewing mobile learning initiatives in Africa and the Middle East, Asia, Europe, North America, and Latin America, with a view to understand better the possibilities and implications of m-learning for educational policy, and how it might support the UN's Education For All (EFA) goals.

This regional information was then synthesised into two papers with a global perspective to identify broader trends.

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Source : SciDev

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