How teachers in Africa are failed by mobile learning

Sven Torfinn, Nov 11, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I sort of agree and sort of disagree with this post. On the one hand, we can agree that innovations that focus exclusively on content, or focus exclusively on technology, are likely to fail, and that this explains (for example) the failure of OLPC in sub-Sahara Africa, or the failure of mobile phones to realize their oft-touted potential to support education. But is it true that "only teachers can ensure the success of mobile learning interventions?" Is it possible that families, communities, professionals and prctitioners could provide the necessary support? Yes, let's build local capacity. But let's decentralize - let's make education something the community as a whole supports, and not something that rests essentially on the backs of teachers.

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