Mobile Learning Games for Low-Income Children in India

Lessons from 2004–2009

Authored by: Matthew Kam

Handbook of Mobile Learning

Print publication date:  April  2013
Online publication date:  June  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415503693
eBook ISBN: 9780203118764
Adobe ISBN: 9781136311536


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The cell phone’s ubiquity in developing countries has made it widely hyped as a highly appropriate e-learning device in these regions. It is relatively affordable, can run without constant access to reliable electricity, and can be used by low-income populations who do not possess high levels of literacy or schooling. However, according to the World Bank, “there are still precious few widespread examples of the use of [mobile] phones for education purposes inside or outside of classrooms in developing countries that have been well documented, and fewer still that have been evaluated with any sort of rigor” (2009).

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