Rethinking Development and the Use of Mobile Technologies: Lessons from Bangladesh
Christopher Walsh, Tom Power, The Open University, United Kingdom
Global Learn, in Melbourne, Australia ISBN 978-1-880094-85-3 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
Examples of mobile technologies enhancing teachers’ and students’ English language proficiency in developing economies like Bangladesh is uncommon. English in Action (EIA), a project designed to contribute to the growth of Bangladesh by providing English language as a tool for better access to the world economy, piloted a number of teacher professional development initiatives that have transformed communicative language teaching. Our findings demonstrate significant changes in classroom practices through the use of mobile technologies. We argue that incorporating mobile technologies, particularly audio, alongside context-specific teacher professional development presents new opportunities for teachers and students to acquire English to levels that enable them to participate more fully in economic and social opportunities. Our research challenges current assumptions around the use of mobile technologies for development and education in developing economies.
Walsh, C. & Power, T. (2011). Rethinking Development and the Use of Mobile Technologies: Lessons from Bangladesh. In S. Barton, J. Hedberg & K. Suzuki (Eds.), Proceedings of Global Learn Asia Pacific 2011--Global Conference on Learning and Technology (pp. 2163-2172). Melbourne, Australia: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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