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Using Cell Phones to Improve Learning Outcomes: mLearning Innovations for Malian Out of School Youth

Using Cell Phones to Improve Learning Outcomes: mLearning Innovations for Malian Out of School Youth

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Using Cell Phones to Improve Learning Outcomes: mLearning Innovations for Malian Out of School Youth

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  1. Using Cell Phones to Improve Learning Outcomes: mLearning Innovations for Malian Out of School Youth

  2. The USAID/EQUIP3 funded PAJE-Nièta will accompany 12,000 Malian youth (ages 14-25) towards employment and entrepreneur-ship in the regions of Kayes, Koulikoro, Sikasso and Timbuktu (2010 – 2015). • Increased access to relevant basic education/work readiness instruction • Increased access to relevant skills training • Increased entrepreneurship opportunities • Increased civic engagement PAJE-Nièta: Increasing Literacy and Entrepreneurship with Mobile Technologies

  3. mLearning • Enhanced Livelihoods Increased access to market information systems • Increased literacy skills • Increased entrepreneurship skills

  4. PAJE-Nieta Youth Cell Phone User Survey • Random sample of 8.7% (495 PAJE youth) of 5,690. • 52% of youth interviewed possessed a cell phone at the time of the interview. • For those youth who had a phone, they were asked how much they paid. Youth were also asked how much they were willing to pay. Affordable mLearning: Accessibility and Sustainability • Promote usage of lowest cost mobile handsets running Java mobile applications. • 3 billion mobile phones run Java currently* • PAJE-Nieta cell phone market survey conducted in Mali to determine availability of cell phones within the probable purchasing power of youth. • Mobile phone purchasing power of PAJE-Nièta youth? • $50 • * Oracle. 2011. http://www.java.com/en/about/

  5. Stepping Stone built-in feature set to promote literacy skills development: • Letter reader • Number reader/Math problem reader • Syllable reader • Word reader • Digital textbooks • Assessments • Interactive audio Innovation: Building an mLearning Content Delivery Platform Stepping Stone – a J2ME, delivery system built by EDC. Non-technical users can publish multimedia content on low cost phones in any language

  6. Offline Educational Content Distribution