Mobile learning for quality education and social inclusion.
UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education, Moscow, Russian Federation.
Mobile learning is part of a new learning landscape created by the availability of technologies supporting flexible, accessible, personalized education. Learners’ everyday uses of mobile phones and other devices such as games consoles, which can also be used for learning, are now major drivers for the rapid uptake of mobile learning throughout the world. Crucially, mobile learning can contribute to the global commitment to provide quality education for children, youth and adults, as expressed in the goals of Education for All (EFA). This Policy Brief, written for UNESCO, highlights changes in pedagogical practices, key advantages and challenges associated with mobile learning and its role in sustainable development, best practices, institutional responses, and future developments. It includes suggestions and recommendations for policy makers. There is an exceptionally good alignment between the benefits of mobile learning and the goals of Education for All. However a number of actions need to be taken by those who are able to influence the development of mobile learning nationally and internationally.
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