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Title: Use of mobile technologies in enhancing learning in South Africa and the challenges of increasing digital divide
Authors: Foko, T
Keywords: Mobile technology
Mobile learning
Mobile phones
Digital divide
Meraka Institute
ED-Media 2009
Educational multimedia
Hypermedia
Telecommunication
Mobile information access
Issue Date: Jun-2009
Citation: Foko, T. 2009. Use of mobile technologies in enhancing learning in South Africa and the challenges of increasing digital divide. ED-MEDIA 2009. World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 22 - 26, 2009. pp 6
Abstract: Failure at school because children from the low socio-economic background have no access to information and communication technologies motivated this study. The realisation that even the poorest of the poor South Africans have access to mobile phones has prompted the Meraka Institute to consider mobile phones as a South African computer and attempts to leverage these mobile devices for educational purposes. Therefore, in order to develop mobile learning tools it is important to ascertain the level of access to these mobiles and how their usage by learners from the less affluent backgrounds. In this study two affluent private schools and one previously Blacks only university were identified and participated. From this university only first year students of Media Studies took part. From the high schools participants were sourced from grades 7 to 12. The study is grounded in the development research paradigm.
Description: ED-MEDIA 2009. World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 22 - 26, 2009
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/3491
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