Saturday, February 04, 2006

Mobile Learning for Expanding Educational Opportunities

A new publication examines the potential of information and communication technologies (ICT) to expand educational opportunities and accelerate national socio-economic development in the Asia and Pacific Region. It looks closely at how devices such as Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), laptops, Pocket PCs, and mobile phones can be utilized as mobile learning (m-learning) tools to provide interactive content in previously unreachable and remote locations.

Many nations have developed e-learning and m-learning strategies, and are rapidly expanding the use and knowledge of ICT in educational activities by incorporating ICT into lesson plans, teaching methodologies and curricula, and devoting funds to procuring ICT-related resources. However, successful implementation of e-learning and m-learning programmes involves careful planning, and also faces an array of challenges.

This publication draws from the International Workshop on Mobile Learning for Expanding Educational Opportunities, which took place on 16-20 May 2005 in Tokyo, Japan.

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