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Utilizing multimedia capabilities of mobile phones to support teaching in schools in rural panama

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Utilizing multimedia capabilities of mobile phones to support teaching in schools in rural panama
Providing good education is one of the major challenges for humanity. In many developing regions in the world improving educational standards is seen as a central building block for improving socio-economic situation of society. Based on our research in Panama we report on how mobile phones can be used as educational tools. In contrast to personal computers mobile phones are widely available and in Panama over 80% of the children have access to phones. We report on four different studies building on one another. We conducted surveys, focus groups, and group interviews with several hundred teachers and pupils to assess opportunities, needs, and threads for using phones in teaching and learning. Based on the feedback received we created a set of use cases and finally evaluated these in a field study in a rural multigrade school in Panama. Our findings suggest that current phones with multimedia capabilities provide a valuable resource for teaching and learning across many subjects. In p...
Elba del Carmen Valderrama Bahamóndez, Chri
Added 25 Aug 2011
Updated 25 Aug 2011
Type Journal
Year 2011
Where CHI
Authors Elba del Carmen Valderrama Bahamóndez, Christian Winkler, Albrecht Schmidt
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