2014 M-Ubuntu Report of Mobile Learning Action

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Learning Ideas for Life

Ideas for Life from Dialogue and Reading Learning Ideas for Life
  • In South Africa, we do spend an awful amount of money on building schools and we are building them based on the view that the best learning takes place when...

  • One of the most unnerving questions a student can pose, circles around the matter of relevance. ‘Why am I doing this?’ In the study of History, for example, this probe...

  • A rather compelling case has been made for the ‘unnatural’ introduction and flawed recruitment processes of school principals in South Africa. Tony Bush noted that “school leaders begin their professional careers as...

  • The emergencies that school principals wrestle with each day, demand a constant flow of choices and decisions, or as one principal described it, “reactions.” From the most mundane requests to...

  • The vast amount of complexities and problems of our South African school leaders and principals are immediate and desperate. Some of them require rather drastic interventions. It is highly likely,...

  • Many of our reflections on the life of Nelson Mandela are deep insights into the obvious, often described in sentimental terms. But few understand, not only the ideas, but the...

  • Describing the world as unstable and volatile, commentators and columnists sometimes point to the past as a need to look differently at the future. In Education, for example, having been...

  • The crafty art of complaining and disputing comes naturally to all of us. None of us ever attended a School for the Art of Complaining. Yet, we are cum laude...

  • Born in Cape Town and rather fortunate to have lived and worked in Grettstadt, Stockholm, Washington DC, Rome and Beijing over the last 20-odd years, I have often been asked about...

  • wrote Sourced through Scoop.it from: medium.com Right now in South Africa, for the cost of a return flight for 1 person between DC and Johannesburg, I could install a rather stable broadband...

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M-Ubuntu uses inexpensive, low-threshold mobile phone technologies to empower teachers to address Africa’s literacy crisis.

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M-Ubuntu applies the Zulu concept of Ubuntu - best translated as "I am because we are." to this challenge. At the heart of the project are several teams of reform- minded principals, teachers, volunteers and their enthusiastic learners.

Developed with and for students and fellow teachers, M-Ubuntu is connecting South African teachers with m- literacy coaches in the United States, England, Sweden and Italy to help them open new vistas to learners on the wrong side of the literacy and digital divide.

Through M-Ubuntu teachers are using recycled smart phones to bring the power of handheld computing to their classrooms. Our focus is on project-based learning, access to the best in South African and global literature, and the development of critical reading, writing and thinking skills.