national policies directly related to mobile phones
and learning and of those that do exist, many ban
the use of mobile phones at schools.” stated UNESCO Press.
In conjunction with its first Mobile Learning Week, UNESCOhas declared in Paris, on Monday, 12 December 2011, the opening of a global summit and symposium gathering experts from around the world to discuss the impact of mobile telephone on education and learning. It has launched an initiative to harness the technology and bring mobile phone use into the classroom.
Organized in partnership with Nokia, the International Experts Meeting on Mobile Learning takes place from 12 to 14 December and will be followed by the UNESCO Symposium on Mobile Learning, 15 and 16 December.
“As 90% of the world’s population now has access to mobile networks, there is growing enthusiasm about the potential of mobile devices to improve education access, quality and equity. This potential has been proved by a range of initiatives in Mozambique, Pakistan, South Africa Niger, Kenya and Mongolia that have helped to: provide access to distance education for teachers, improve literacy among girls and women, motivate learners, nurture an interest in mathematics and enhance school administration and communication between principals and teachers.
Nevertheless, there are very few national policies directly related to mobile phones and learning and of those that do exist, many ban the use of mobile phones at schools. Mobile Learning Week has been designed to help meet the need to develop enabling policies for mobile learning, which is the purpose of the Guidelines on Mobile Learning Policy U NESCO is expecting to release in late 2012,” according to UNESCOPress.
Since the Ministry of Education (KPM) is in the process of transformation, it would be good if it can explore the potential of mobile devices to improve education access, quality and equity in Malaysia