Mobile Devices for Early Literacy Intervention and Research with Global Reach
Author(s)Breazeal, Cynthia Lynn; Morris, Robin; Gottwald, Stephanie; Galyean, Tinsley; Wolf, Maryanne
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Extensive work focuses on the uses of technology at scale for post-literate populations (e.g., MOOC, Learning Games, LMS’s). Little attention is afforded to non-literate populations, particularly in the developing world. This paper presents an approach using mobile devices with the ultimate goal to reach 770 million people. We developed a novel platform with a cloud backend to deliver educational content to over a thousand marginalized children in different countries:specifically, in remote villages without schools, urban slums with overcrowded schools, and at-risk, rural schools. Here we describe the theoretical basis of our system and results from case studies in three educational contexts. This model will help researchers and designers understand how mobile devices can help children acquire basic skills and aid each other’s learning when the benefit of teachers is limited or non-existent.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Media Laboratory; Program in Media Arts and Sciences (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Proceedings of the Third Annual ACM Conference on Learning at Scale (L@S)
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Breazeal, Cynthia, Robin Morris, Stephanie Gottwald, Tinsley Galyean, and Maryanne Wolf. "Mobile Devices for Early Literacy Intervention and Research with Global Reach." Third Annual ACM Conference on Learning at Scale (L@S) (April 2016).
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