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Title: “Digital Life Skills” for the young and mobile “Digital Citizens”
Authors: Botha, A
Ford, M
Keywords: Mobile phones
Knowledge communities
Digital citizenship
Digital life skills
Issue Date: Oct-2008
Citation: Botha, A and Ford, M. 2008. “Digital Life Skills” for the young and mobile “Digital Citizens”. MLearn 2008 Conference on Mobile Learning: From Text to Context. Shropshire, United Kingdom, 7-10 October 2008, pp 7
Abstract: Technology has changed the world we live in and has come to be both villified and acclaimed, often for the same reasons. Whilst mobile phones in particular, have tremendous potential as knowledge exchange devices in the developing world due to their accessibility, usability and universality, there are many issues that need to be resolved when using them in an educational environment. The MobilED iniative, which strives to apply mobile phones as tools to support development, focussing on impacting the education system in the short term, has shown that technology is not value free and piloting technology without considering the impact on the community is a short-sighted approach. This paper reflects on the development perspective of implementing a mobile phone initiative in an educational environment and suggests the activity theory as a lens to broaden practitioners' understanding and sensitivity to issues that come into play when learners are empowered with alternative access to information and communication. Insights gained from the MobilED initiative are articulated and we reflect on the implications on other mobile learning initiatives in general and in developing context specifically. The concept of “Digital Citizenship” is discussed and various mechanisms are suggested in order to prepare children with “digital life skills” so that they may safely and confidently become full members of the knowledge society
Description: MLearn 2008 Conference on Mobile Learning: From Text to Context. Shropshire, United Kingdom
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/2513
ISBN: 9780956027207
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ICT in education, youth, gender
Wireless technologies
General science, engineering & technology

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