Easy to use and affordable, mobile telephones, tablets and portable computers have significant educational potential, especially in regions with insufficient traditional educational resources. Mobile Education Week 2014, celebrated at UNESCO from 17 to 21 February, will focus on different ways to use mobile technologies to improve teaching and learning.
It is estimated that there are more mobile devices connected to the internet today than there are inhabitants in the world, and that six out of seven billion people now have access to mobile phones, although not all of those devices are connected to the internet.
Mobile Learning Week, celebrated for the third year, will focus on teachers. It will seek to determine how mobile technologies can meet the needs of educators and improve their teaching. The benefits of mobile learning and the challenges to be met in this area will be examined: access to mobile devices, online security, the need to increase availability of suitable contents, and the need to train teachers.
The Week will open on 17 February with a series of workshops featuring tried and tested mobile learning projects. On 18 and 19 February, a symposium on mobile learning will bring together experts, professionals, researchers, mobile telephone players and government representatives who will speak of their respective mobile learning experience, and share good practices and news about innovations in the field. On 20 February, a policy forum will bring together decision-makers from education and telecommunication ministries who will examine how mobile learning can help meet shared educational goals, notably in the training of teachers. Finally, on 21 February, a day devoted to research, academics will be able to share their findings concerning mobile learning.
The symposium will be opened by the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, in the presence of Markus Terho, Head of Sustainability, Nokia (Finland); Jong-Pil Bae, Vice President of SK Telecom (Republic of Korea); Shambnam Shanani, Vice President of the publishers Houghton Mifflin Harcours (USA); Frédéric Massé, Vice President of SAP, the German-based software multinational; and John Davies, Vice President of Intel (USA).
During the week, UNESCO will present its own mobile learning projects in Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan and Senegal, as well as studies on the utilisation of mobile technologies, notably mobile telephones, to contribute to literacy.
Journalists wishing to cover these events are invited to contact UNESCO’s Press Service for accreditation:
Isabelle Le Fournis : i.le-fournis(at)unesco.org
Djibril Kebe : d.kebe(at)unesco.org