Featured By Sheilah Birgen / August 3, 2014
Wireless Wednesday – How to use mobile technology to improve education outcomes
Its time for mobile devices to play a pivotal role in education. There has been a rise in the number of mobile technologies deployed within the education sector. A majority of these mobile applications have been devised with the purpose of offering teachers and students a more flexible approach to learning and bringing digital content to students. The applications make it possible to extend education beyond the physical confines of the classroom and beyond the fixed time periods of the school day.
According to a research conducted by GSMA on Transforming Learning through mobile Education, the research shows that mobile education offers three advantages with the potential to improve education delivery and thereby enhance learning outcomes:
- It simplifies access to content and experts, overcoming traditional constraints of time,location and collaboration
- It personalizes education solutions for individual learners, helping educators customize the teaching process, using software and interactive media that adapt levels of difficulty to individual students’ understanding and pace
- It addresses specific challenges that lower the efficiency of educational systems worldwide.
Eneza Education is a good example of how mobile technology can improve students learning outcomes. Eneza Education is a virtual tutor and teacher’s assistant on a low-cost mobile phone. The technology provides students with a tool to study and learn, as well as a means to collect important data on students’ learning outcomes, that can then be used to advise and inform both teachers and parents.
With the aim of assessing the impact of Eneza as a tool for revision, Eneza conducted an impact study in 2012 at M.M Chandaria Primary School. The impact study that took a period of nine months involved 30 students who were selected randomly to use Eneza for 30 minutes weekly in the entire period. The outcome of the impact was just amazing. The impact study showed that Eneza students scored 9 points above the average student. This depicted a 5% growth in the scores for the individual students. For subjects examined, each of them showed a significant improvement. You can view the Infographic representation of the impact here.
Last year, m:lab East Africa organized two Wireless Wednesday meetups on Education that focused on first understanding the edTech ecosystem including the key stakeholders in the ecosystem, then understanding the role that stakeholders play in the ecosystem. On 6th August 2014, m:lab East Africa will host another Wireless Wednesday meetup on education to discuss “how mobile technology can help improve education outcomes”. The two hour meetup will attract the stakeholders in the education sector.
Details of the meetup;
Date: 6th August 2014
Venue: m:lab East Africa Balcony (Bishop Magua Center opposite Uchumi Ngong Road)
Time: 12.00 – 2.00 pm
Key discussants and invitees include:
- Philip Omondi – Consultant and E-learning Lecturer Catholic University
- Martin Njoroge – Product Marketing Manager at Samsung Electronics
- Tonee Ndungu Founder Kytabu
- Mary Amisi – Kenya High School
- Twinomugisha, Alex – Business Development Manager Intel
Also in attendance will be teachers from Kisii, Kisumu, Bungoma, Meru, Nakuru, Muranga and Nairobi
To participate in the event, kindly RSVP HERE. There will be a live twitter stream during the event, you can join the discussion using the hashtag #WirelessWednesday. Some observations made in the past Wireless Wednesday meetups on Education may be found in this blog article.
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