iJumpTV 72: m-learning, the future of education?


Education’s not working, whether it’s under-resourced classrooms in developing countries, or right here in New Zealand.

Could mobile phones be an answer? John Eyles thinks so. He’s part of the EON Foundation, a group dedicated to helping people use technology to really understand each other.

In this interview John tells the story of the Seuang River Experience, a project that combines entrepreneurship, much-needed aid, indigenous people determining their own destiny, and high school students from around the world discovering their own potential. And Twitter is involved, too!

Meanwhile, back in New Zealand, John looks at the demand for technology in classrooms. We can’t afford computers, say the schools, not realising that some pretty sophisticated technology walks in and out of their classes every day – in the hands of cellphone-owning students.

John takes us on a journey and lays down a positive challenge for educators in New Zealand.

What do you think? How could mobile phones be used to improve education – in New Zealand and around the world?

2 thoughts on “iJumpTV 72: m-learning, the future of education?

  • Gerard

    The high cost of data on mobile phones is a barrier to this at the moment, $1 from 10 meg or $10 for $100 meg. It isn't in the students prepay plans, they are after the best deals, and that just isn't happening.
    Also how do we go round the confiscation of phone by parents if they are needed for their learning. I have one student who has her phone confiscated because she was meeting others sneaking out of home.
    I am glad the parent also grabbed the SIM card as well, as students hand their phone over and put the SIM card into another phone. As most parents don't.

  • Simon Young

    Very good, practical points. Interestingly what John's talking about doesn't require a data connection; it's text-based (that's how they can use it in remote South East Asian locales).

    But beyond that you make a good point that there's a big difference between everyone having something, and most people having something. Will be interesting to see how that gets solved.


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