The event aimed to explore mobile learning as a unique and significant contribution to achieving the Education for All (EFA) goals of increasing education access, quality and equality. It focused on three particular EFA goals as they relate to mobile learning:
- Improving levels of adult and youth literacy: how mobile technologies can support literacy development and increase reading opportunities
- Improving the quality of education: how mobile technologies can support teachers and their professional development
- Achieving gender parity and equality in education: how mobile technologies can support equal access to and achievement in basic education of good quality for all, in particular for women and girls
We didn’t attend the event physically. However many of us in the community were tracking this event closely. Couple of us also attended the webinar series that was held during this event. During the webinar on UNESCO’s Work in Mobile Learning by Mark West – we got an opportunity to interact with Mark about our project i.e. BuildmLearn Toolkit. Pankaj was able to explain briefly about our toolkit and asked for comments from Mark as to what he / UNESCO felt about the toolkit. Mark commended us for the project idea and said that the toolkit would be very useful for educators since there are so many mobile platforms (Android, iPhone, Windows Phone, HTML5, etc.) and the educators can not learn development for mobile.
It is a great honour for us to receive such positive comments from UNESCO and it reaffirms that we have a good solution to a genuine problem.
Regarding the development status of the BuildmLearn Toolkit, we would have some announcements by the end of this month or early March. We plan to make the first version of the toolkit available for developers. We also plan to have some other announcements shortly, about other community engagement activities; more specifically on how we can involve new contributors and students who are interested to contribute to the development of the toolkit.