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Empowering Teachers Through Mobile Technology. Case Study: BridgeIT India. Jenny Raymond, Pearson Foundation Matt Wennersten , BridgeIT India September 5, 2012. The Need. Lack of physical learning materials in many countries and regions Lack of adequate teacher training and support

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empowering teachers through mobile technology
Empowering Teachers Through Mobile Technology
  • Case Study: BridgeIT India
  • Jenny Raymond, Pearson Foundation
  • Matt Wennersten, BridgeIT India
  • September 5, 2012
the need
The Need
  • Lack of physical learning materials in many countries and regions
  • Lack of adequate teacher training and support
  • Unused / underused technology in schools
the bridgeit model
The BridgeIT Model
  • Mobile phones used to deliver:
      • Learning materials
      • Professional development
  • Teachers are provided:
      • Mobile phones to access library of digital content
      • Training in technology and pedagogy
      • Ongoing support
  • Strategic partnerships that work with local organizations and companies
  • Mobile devices provide two functions:
      • Deliver educational materials directly to teachers’ hands
      • Allow teachers to connect to support system
  • Uses the Nokia Education Delivery system (NED)
  • Teachers are provided mobile phones with NED already installed
  • Short educational videos and other digital media files are stored in a catalogue on the server
  • Teachers create lesson plans that incorporate the content
  • Teachers request and download selected content through NED
  • Teachers share content with class as they go through the lesson
teacher training
Teacher Training
  • Blended model that uses in-person training and ongoing virtual support through the phone
  • Teachers trained on two aspects:
      • How to use the mobile device
      • How to engage students with material and technology
  • Teachers are key:
      • Map digital content against local curriculum standards
      • Work together to create lesson plans for digital content
      • Deliver lessons to students
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Teacher Training
  • Videos covering pedagogy and good teaching practice also available through NED
  • Teachers can use the phone to document teaching practice and student work, and share with other teachers
  • Context and local expertise is important
  • Focus on local organizations and teams to implement
  • Partners:
      • Pearson Foundation
      • Nokia
      • Local project implementation team
      • Local mobile network operator
      • Local stakeholders: national and regional governments, school officials
bridgeit india
BridgeIT India
  • Launched: May 2011
  • Subjects: English and science
  • Grades: 5th and 6th
  • Project scope:
      • 2011-12: 2 states, 34 schools, 53 teachers, 1,700 students
      • 2012-13: 3 states, 100 schools, 169 teachers, 5,000 students
bridgeit india partners
BridgeIT India: Partners
  • Pearson Foundation
  • Nokia
  • EZ Vidya
  • Chennai Corporation Schools
  • Tamil Nadu and the Andhra Pradesh Residential Educational Institutions Society (APREIS)
  • Central Board of Second Education (CBSE)
program activity
Program Activity
  • Content
      • 231 videos available for download
      • 8,360 videos played
      • Average of 158 media played per teacher *
  • Training & Support
      • 16 training sessions
      • 224 site visits (average 6.4 per school)
  • Research & Evaluation
      • 172 classroom observations
      • 2,832 academic tests
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BridgeIT India: Assessment
  • Student engagement in detail:
      • 98% of teacher feedback positive on student engagement
      • Students observed as 15%+ more participative NED vs. pre-NED
      • Strong positive attendance effects, especially among migrant worker children
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BridgeIT India: Assessment
  • Teachers showed a change in teaching
      • Less direct instruction: classrooms more active and “student centered”
      • Increased use of technology
      • Used innovative teaching methodologies
bridgeit india lessons learned
BridgeIT India: Lessons Learned
  • Technology
      • Teachers like using NED-enabled phones
      • Usage is up; cost is down compared to PCs
      • Teachers more likely to use attractive gadgets
      • 1:1 phone to teacher model works best
  • Training
      • Face-to-face meeting is essential
      • Meet early then can sustain remotely
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BridgeIT India: Lessons Learned
  • Scaling
      • Emphasize lower profile schools
      • Work across common textbooks
      • Work across subjects with greater commonality
  • Monitoring & Evaluation
      • Use stronger evaluation protocol
      • Involve government partners in program monitoring
      • Ask teachers to log video usage

“NOKIA project has changed the way I teach.”

– “AP25”,2011-12 Participating English Teacher


“Nokia has done a great job by introducing the new concept in the teaching and learning arena. The students…are more interested, motivated and enthusiastic and so are we.”

BridgeIt India 2011-12

“ The small phone with NED has changed my view about using ICT in classroom.”

“ I feel empowered by using NED and using AGs.”


“Surya, a student in our class never answers any questions. But after using this in our class, he actively participates in the classroom activities.” –tn21

BridgeIt India 2011-12

“Through this simple mobile technology me and my students are enjoying both teaching and learning. More important, I can easily manage without others help”

BridgeIt India 2011-12

“I attended so many computer programs, but the phone is a simple thing to use in classroom. We have Internet connections and other things [on PC] but it is hard to use. Phone it is easy.”