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Introducing Mobile Learning in Kindergartens in Senegal

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Introducing Mobile Learning in Kindergartens in Senegal

  1. 1. Introducing Mobile Learning in Kindergartens in Senegal: Early Results and Large Scale Development Plan Chun Hei Cheung, Project Manager @senmobile http://senmobile.com
  2. 2.  Established in Senegal Technology startup specializes in mobile solutions targeting the general population  Apps (health, sport, education, business)  SMS services (health, sport, education) Developers based in Senegal (Coded in Country)
  3. 3. Problem Addressing mobile learning for children in kindergarten Pupils  Exposure to technology  Access to computers  Different ways of learning Teachers  Large class size  Difficulty to provide each child with individual attention  Hard to track student progress  Resources for technology
  4. 4. Solution Series of mobile apps for kindergarten children Model to integrate them in a classroom settingApps The appsEasy to use Formes123Sound Lettres123Icons / Images / Colors Chiffres123(Touch) Civicedu123Avoid text SuiteABCInstant feedback and Suite123assessment Colors123User experienceMakes learning funLocal content (culture,language, curriculum)
  5. 5. Developed in Java MEFormes123 (Shapes123)
  6. 6. Pilot Piloted in 3 schools, called cases des tout-petits (hut of toddlers), in 3 different cities in underprivileged neighborhoods  St. Louis  Louga  Thiès More than 90 pupils
  7. 7. Educational model Draw me a mobile phone! What do you know about mobile phones?
  8. 8. Educational model Using oversized printouts of the phones, teach students each part of the device: icons, keyboard, buttons, trackball
  9. 9. Educational model Manipulation of the mobile phones: icons, keyboard, buttons, trackball
  10. 10. Educational model Children start using the apps and start learning!
  11. 11. Interviews with Early observations teachers Record pupils Students using apps  In 2 sessions pupils are able to use the apps independently  Pupils motivated by mobile phones  Pupils help each other and worked collaboratively  Proud of achieving success screens for answering questions correctly  They want more apps! Teachers  Liked active learning  Fights against the digital divide  Verbalizes what children have learned  Saves time  Easier to assess pupils knowledge  Encourages teamwork  New ways of learning
  12. 12. Business plan Work with the cases des tout-petits and private schools Sell the apps (with online and SMS extensions) Setup and training for teachers Follow-up and assessment of the project Summer and after-school programs Establish a phone borrowing service with phones acquired through phone manufacturers and operators  We have an inventory of 50 Blackberry phones For scalability and sustainability:  Partnership with phone manufacturers and operators  Seeking funding  Establish a partnership with the Senegalese education ministry
  13. 13. Thank you!Questions @senmobile http://senmobile.com

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