Blog 3 (Fall 2016) – M-learning, by Bryson Nishimoto

M-Learning is not something new it has always been available but we have not thought about it, through this lens of, development. I came up with 2 companies that are in the M-Learning field: Instructure, Us based and Pearson, UK and USA based. Instructure had 2 platforms that teach K-12 education materials through a “Cloud based system” that sends and holds all tools and data to the teacher. (5) Bridge it is used for employer to employee training, seminars.(5) Both use the same type of operating system by their company Instructure and is and has, “Enhances the learning experience, saves time, dependable, mobile-friendliness, doesn’t hold instructors/students/administrators back, and easy to use. “(5)  It does say that they have over 2000 universities, who use their system teach but it does not go into detail into, what countries are using their system. (5)

I used Instructure as a lens for me to further expand my research options, by finding Nokia and their initiatives towards providing learning in countries that are developing their own education  system.(10) It was Nokia Education Delivery and Nokia Mobile Math, both were used in different countries that needed away to teach and prepare teachers better. The Nokia Education Delivery was in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City. The program was teaching English to 3rd to 5th graders and Nokia used as a test pilot to see, if the teacher more so than the students were able to teach English and 90% were able to. (6) The Nokia Math Mobile project was teaching sophomore to seniors, high school level math. This was a server based operating system that allowed the teacher to access: assessments, grades, and other teaching materials. The only cost to the users was the internet coverage and provider. (7)  This lead me to finding Pearson foundation to look at because, I have used in so many of my other classes, as a way to learn material. Pearson has 2 offices, one in the United Kingdom and one in the USA. (8) They have a project called, Literacy and it is a program to help people to learn how to read and write. In Project Literacy, there is a story of a woman named, Wafaa Ramadan. She was married at the age of 12 and gave up rights as a person, due to the marriage. In partner with Pearson and Vodafone, they created application on a smart phone that allowed here to read and write, without this she felt as if she was in the dark.(9) This application has made the Egypt 93% literate and working on improving it as well.

I put a question on 10th slide of presentation and it is not too well thought out, but regardless of a country’s economic standing or development. There are individuals who are lacking the access to education, because of demographics, government and or geography. I’m attempting to state that education is something that will never be equal because of 3 listed things but also because learning is very subjective or specific to an individual. That is why M-Learning or E-Learning are trying to make their entire applications user friendly to help with K-12 and college or even company to disseminate their message to students and employees. Even with the application or platforms being as easy and simple to use, one individual may not pick up on it versus another individual. That is why, “Is the education plateau level for all people within a country, not including the country’s economic/developing standing?” This is the type of thoughts the question in slide 10 was trying to invoke as a discussion.

Works Cited

  1. A mobile app is helping to eradicate illiteracy in Egypt. (2016, October 10). Retrieved October 19, 2016, from https://www.projectliteracy.com/articles/mobile-app-helping-eradicate-illiteracy-egypt
  2. Alley, M. (2004). Using learning theories to design instruction for mobile learning devices. Using Learning Theories to Design Instruction for Mobile Learning Devices. Retrieved October 19, 2016, from http://stu.westga.edu/~bthibau1/MEDT 8484- Baylen/mLearn04_papers.pdf#page=14
  3. Chinnery, G. M. (2006, January). EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES Going to the MALL: Mobile Assisted Language Learning. EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES Going to the MALL: Mobile Assisted Language Learning, 10, 1st ser., 9-16. Retrieved October 19, 2016, from http://llt.msu.edu/vol10num1/pdf/emerging.pdf
  4. Georgiev, T., Georgieva, E., & Smirkarov, A. (2004). M-Learning – a New Stage of Е-Learning. M-Learning – a New Stage of Е-Learning. Retrieved October 19, 2016, from https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Tsvetozar_Georgiev2/publication/262367952_M-learning-a_new_stage_of_e-learning/links/00b495151514d5274b000000.pdf
  5. (2016). Retrieved October 19, 2016, from https://www.instructure.com/about?lead_source_description=bridge_partners&__hstc=167256545.e5a19baaed0636febd20c1ec9a101b6c.1476742275041.1476742275041.1476742275041.1&__hssc=167256545.2.1476742275042&__hsfp=3067851599#exec-anchor Nokia education delivery (BridgeIT) project. (2013). Retrieved October 19, 2016, from https://www.britishcouncil.vn/en/teach/work/nokia-education
  6. Nokia education delivery (BridgeIT) project. (2013). Retrieved October 19, 2016, from https://www.britishcouncil.vn/en/teach/work/nokia-education
  7. (2013, October 24). Nokia launches free Maths service to Grades 10-12. Retrieved October 19, 2016, from http://www.schoolnet.org.za/news/nokia-launches-free-maths-service-to-grades-10-12/
  8. (2016). Retrieved October 19, 2016, from https://www.pearson.com/
  9. Project Literacy. (2016). Retrieved October 19, 2016, from https://www.projectliteracy.com/

Trucano, M. (2012, January 31). Mobile learning in developing countries in 2012: What’s Happening? Retrieved October 19, 2016, from http://blogs.worldbank.org/edutech/mlearning-2012

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