Students in Kenya can now learn through a mobile phone

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Mobile phones have transformed our lives by becoming a central means of communication and even a bank, via mobile money, for some. The number of things we can do with them are increasingly daily.

Thanks to Nokia, mobile phones have a new use, learning. Through the Nokia Education Delivery Program, students can access high-quality educational material via mobile phones.

How it works

The free Nokia Education Delivery software should be downloaded to a Nokia phone. The service runs on Windows, Symbian, S40 and Asha devices. A teacher can then access, download and display a catalog of media files, which are stored and managed on a remote server. The files can then be viewed on a TV or projector for collective learning in a class room.

The Nokia Delivery System has been installed in Kenya at Raila Centre Odinga School and Kimichu Primary School in Thika. It will also installed at Kwoyo Primary, Katakwa Primary, Mwavulanga Primary, Central Girls Primary, Kamichu Primary, Kilimani School, Shujaa Mekatili Secondary and Nyamasare Primary to bring the total schools to 10.

Each installation consists of a Nokia C6 mobile phone, preloaded with the Nokia Education Delivery application and a TV for video sharing with groups. The NED application allows Nokia to update the content catalogue centrally, allowing all the schools access to the new content by using the app to browse, download and play videos. The app also has the ability to track usage of the content which will provide valuable information on which material is most relevant and popular.

The success of the pilot programme will be measured through a study to determine the baseline competence of learners at the start of the programme, and again after using the system for six months.

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