The World Bank is engaged in a variety of activities investigating issues related to the use of mobile phones in education in developing countries.
The mEducation Alliance
The World Bank participates in the mEducation Alliance (formerly m4Ed4Dev), an international collaborative effort between bilateral and multilateral donors, NGOs, foundations, private sector partners, academic researchers, and implementing organizations that is working to explore cutting edge intersections between mobiles, education and development and to promote collective knowledge sharing.
The mEducation Alliance sponsors a large annual global knowledge-sharing events in Washingt DC, the mEdaucation Alliance International Symposium:
- 6th mEducation Alliance International Symposium: From Innovation to Impact
October 18-20, 2016 (United States Institute for Peace)
- 5th mEducation Alliance International Symposium: Leveraging ICT for supporting the Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals
October 28-30, 2015 (United States Institute for Peace)
- 4th mEducation Alliance International Symposium: Networking Fair for Scaling Project Impact
October 20-22, 2014 (Organization of American States & Ronald Reagan Building
- 3rd mEducation Alliance International Symposium: Commit Fair for Project Scaling
October 15-16, 2013 (Organization of American States)
- 2nd mEducation Alliance International Symposium: Partnering for Scale and Impact
September 5-6, 2012 (Grand Hyatt Hotel)
- 1st mEducation Alliance International Symposium: Promoting Quality Education Outcomes through Mobile Technology
August 18-19, 2011 (Hyatt Regency Bethesda)
Materials from each of the symposia are available for download on the symposium section of the mEducation Alliance web site.
mEducation Alliance members have compiled a number of landscape reviews on a range of topics, including related to the education of refugees; education in conflict and crisis settings; numeracy; reading; and youth workforce development. These are all available for download from the resources section of the mEducation Alliance web site.
Articles and blog posts
The topic of 'mobile education' is a recurrent theme explored in the World Bank's popular weekly EduTech blog, which is the best source of up-to-date treatment of this topic. Popular posts on this topic include:
- A 'mobile first' approach to educational technology
- In search of the ideal educational technology device for developing countries
overviews and surveys
- Paying teacher salaries with mobile phones
- Surveying Mobile Learning Around the World (part two)
- Surveying Mobile Learning Around the World (part one)
- Mobile learning in developing countries in 2012: What's Happening?
- Mobile learning in developing countries in 2011: What's new, what's next?
- Surveying the use of mobile phones in education worldwide
- What do we know about using mobile phones in education? (part 2)
- What do we know about using mobile phones in education?
projects and initiatives
- Promoting literacy with mobile phones in rural Papua New Guinea
- A model for educational technology development from … Afghanistan?
- A new wave of educational efforts across Africa exploring the use of ICTs
- CheckMySchool.org, websites that call you, and other innovations connecting schools to communities
- More on SMS use in education in Pakistan
- SMS education in Pakistan
- School computers not working? There's an app for that!
- Learning the Queen's English ... on your mobile phone?
- Mobile Phones and Literacy in Rural Communities
- Checking in with BridgeIT in Tanzania: Using mobile phones to support teachers
- A (digital) library ... in your pocket?
data collection using mobile devices
- Using mobile phones in data collection: Some questions to consider
- Using mobile phones to collect data in the education sector in Uganda
- Using mobile phones in data collection: Opportunities, issues and challenges
- Phoning it in: Using mobile phones to collect data