I'd like to share an article about the use of mobile technology to support literacy learning among students in rural China:
In Rural China, Students Use Phones to Learn to Read
Tim Carmody, Wired, 10/19/10
"Scholars from Carnegie Mellon, UC-Berkeley, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences worked with children in Xin’an, an underdeveloped region in Henan Province, China, using two mobile learning games, inspired by traditional Chinese children’s games. MILLEE later repeated these studies with young children at a privately run school in urban Beijing. Both runs suggest that phone-based games could be a useful tool in teaching literacy." -Carmody
Mobile learning is not a new concept. It has been the focus of scholarly research for much of the present decade. The 2011 International Mobile Learning Conference (MLearn 2011) will be held next October in Tokyo, Japan. A quick look at the conference's "call for papers" provides a good overview of mobile learning trends.
MILLEE REFERENCES AND RESOURCES
Mobile and Immersive Learning for Literacy in Emerging Economies (Big Ideas at Berkeley)
MILLEE Team Bios
Below is the list of publications from the MILLEE project:
Best Paper Honorable Mention.