UNESCO Mobile Learning Week Report

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UNESCO Mobile Learning Week Report

“New learning cultures need to be created to respond to the opportunities and challenges of the digital world.” – L.Ledesma

12-16 December 2011 UNESCO HQ, Paris

Table of Contents 1.

Overview of the Week .........................................................................................................2 Objectives of the MLW .............................................................................................................. 2 Participants................................................................................................................................ 2 Walking gallery .......................................................................................................................... 2 Links ........................................................................................................................................... 3 Building on the mobile learning week ....................................................................................... 3

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Framing the Discussions at the Mobile Learning Week .........................................................4 Education for All and mobiles ................................................................................................... 4 Working definition of mobile technologies ............................................................................... 4 Mobile learning versus elearning .............................................................................................. 6

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Policy Guidelines for Mobile Learning ..................................................................................8 General considerations ............................................................................................................. 9 Essential conditions for successful mobile learning initiatives ............................................... 10 Challenges/barriers to mobile learning ................................................................................... 11 Suggestions for creating mobile learning policy guidelines .................................................... 13

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Teacher Support and Professional Development through Mobile Technologies ................... 14 General findings and observations from experience .............................................................. 14 Essential conditions for successful programmes .................................................................... 16 Pedagogy ................................................................................................................................. 17 Specific ideas for UNESCO’s pilot mobile learning projects .................................................... 18

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Global Issues .....................................................................................................................21 Ecosystems, partnerships, costs, and sustainability ............................................................... 21

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Feedback from Participants ...............................................................................................24

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Walking Gallery Exhibitors .................................................................................................27

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1. Overview of the Week UNESCO held its first Mobile Learning Week (MLW), organized in partnership with Nokia 1, at its headquarters in Paris to discuss how mobile technologies can be used to help achieve Education for All (EFA) goals 2. The week was comprised of an international experts’ meeting (12-14 December) and an open symposium (15-16 December). This report is intended to capture some of the ideas and suggestions that emerged from the MLW and is, by no means, a comprehensive overview of what took place. It is intended to be read in conjunction with the presentations given at the event a