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Inbox VITAL STATISTICS Behind the numbers Access all areas: mobile learning In 2013 mobile phone subscriptions reached 6.8 billion globally; now, for the fi rst time, there are almost as many mobile phones as there are people in the world. Last year around 2.7 billion people were online, a fi gure predicted to rise exponentially due to the rapid growth in popularity of mobile internet connected devices. In some developing countries, the cost of fi xed broadband equates to more than 60 per cent of gross national income (GNI) and, although cheaper, mobile broadband can reach around 25 per cent of GNI. Internet use in these regions accounts for only 31 per cent of the global total. In places where cost and logistical diffi culties have proved a barrier to learning, many governments and agencies have been eager to exploit the potential of mobile delivering education. Canada’s Algonquin College has developed a programme that Countries pioneering m-learning initiatives phones to address the challenges of allows students to continue learning off campus using mobile devices, substantially extending learning time. In Nigeria, the English Teacher project provides teaching strategies and practice modules for primary school teachers, which can be accessed quickly and easily using mobile phones. And in India, Barefoot College uses mobile phones to support its training, which has enabled thousands of women to develop practical skills for sustainability. Canada Algonquin College Students use their mobile devices to access academic materials and collaborate with peers Chile Puentes Educativos (Educational Bridges) Thousands of students use mobile phones to access English, maths and science educational materials in low-income areas Canada Individuals using the internet: 86.8% Households with a computer: 86.6% Mobile cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants*: 75.7 Chile Individuals using the internet: 61.4% Households with a computer: 53.7% Mobile cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants*: 138.5 Nigeria English Teacher A project designed to develop English language skills has content that can be accessed on low-cost mobile phones Brazil Minha Vida Mobile (My Mobile Life) Students and teachers use their mobile phones to collaborate in an interactive learning project Brazil Individuals using the internet: 49.8% Households with a computer: 49.9% Mobile cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants*: 125.2 France Individuals using the internet: 83% Households with a computer: 81% Mobile cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants*: 98.1 India Barefoot College Training is provided in solar engineering, health care and monitoring water quality. Data can be accessed and uploaded on inexpensive handsets France WapEduc Course materials are provided for students and support for teachers – they have been accessed by more than 72,000 users since 2007 South Africa MoMaths Students can use their phones to access in excess of 10,000 exercises. There are more than 14,000 active users Nigeria Individuals using the internet: 32.9% Households with a computer: 11.4% Mobile cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants*: 67.7 South Africa Individuals using the internet: 41% Households with a computer: 23.6% Mobile cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants*: 134.8 Phillippines Text2Teach English, maths and science resources are accessed using mobile devices by 4,000 children in more than 500 schools India Individuals using the internet: 12.6% Households with a computer: 10.9% Mobile cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants*: 68.7 Philippines Individuals using the internet: 36.2% Households with a computer: 16.9% Mobile cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 106.8 * Subscriptions to public mobile telephone services, post-paid and prepaid subscriptions included Sources: ITU World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Database and World Bank/World Development Indicators 10 l www.global -br ief ing.org second quar ter 2014 global


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