Enhancing Primary Education with Mobile Phone Applications for Teachers and Pupils, UNESCO, Mobile Learning Week 2014

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Published on February 20, 2014

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Enhancing Primary Education with Mobile Phone Applications for Teachers and Pupils: Findings and Results from Senegal

UNESCO, Mobile Learning Week 2014

Enhancing Primary Education with Mobile Phone Applications for Teachers and Pupils: Findings and Results from Senegal UNESCO Mobile Week #mlw2014 @UNESCOICTs Agbessi Constant Tchona, Childfund Senegal Landry Ahouansou, SenMobile, Senegal Chun Hei Cheung, USA

Problems Addressed Problems Addressed  Little individual attention for each student  Different learning styles are not accounted for  Few active learning activities  Lack of libraries and hard to get access to books  Late introduction to ICT  Teacher training to increase and improve  Lack of local content (in French and local languages)

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Pilot Pilot  1 school in the suburbs of Dakar  80 pupils  2 teachers + principal  2 inspectors of the Ministry of Education in Senegal

Involvement of Teachers Involvement of Teachers Content

Observing Class Activities Observing Class Activities

Meetings with Parents Meetings with Parents Distribut e apps

Training for Teachers Training for Teachers

Introduction of the Apps Introduction of the Apps

Use of Apps in the Classroom Use of Apps in the Classroom

Evaluation Evaluation Are the children learning? • Pre-test • Use of the apps • Post-test (conducted on the same day) Perception of the tool • Interviews with directors, supervisors, teachers, and parents Observations

Evaluation Evaluation • Reading improved by 40%* • Writing improved by 45%* • Different styles to use the apps: • Some students work on paper and enter the results • Some students just use the apps • Pupils finished a large number of exercises without pausing * Between the pre-and post-test. Further study is needed to verify these results

Results Results  Positive points  Good start  Completed many things in 2 ½ months  To improve  Emphasize teachers’ training and coaching  Find ways to have teachers contribute content  Add more content  Build an ecosystem

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