My radio co-host Jeff Stanzler and I had a wonderful interview today with Dr. Dick Ng'ambi who is a professor at the University of Capetown in South Africa. He also runs a mobile phone project at the Centre for Educational Technology. The impetus for starting this project was to allow students who for political reasons often felt uncomfortable speaking in class to participate in class discussions, questions, and groups anonymously. Therefore he decided to use students' cell phones. He told us that about 90% of his students have their own cell phone and they often use it for sms texting. He developed a system that allows his students to use their own cell phones in order to annyomously text course instructors, web sites, and student groups. In doing so, the students participation has greatly improved and it has created an inclusive mobile learning envionrment. Jeff and I will be broadcasting this interview on May 6th at 8:30pm on our Live radio show. Please join us. Dr. Ng'ambi is doing something that could be very useful in classrooms around the world where students' fear ridicule by their identified participation.
If you are interested in learning about some of his research, you can read his paper Mobile Dynmaic Frequently Asked Questions (DFAQ) for Student Learning and Support.
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