Do Tablets and Aptus Contribute to Improved Learning Outcome? Results from an Applied Research Project in Swat Region, Pakistan
This is a report of findings from the Project for Innovative Delivery of Education Using Mobile Technology, Pakistan. It contains an analysis of results of activities under collaborative project of the Commonwealth of Learning and the Reach Out to Asia (ROTA) department of Qatar Foundation. It was prepared under the supervision of Professor Mohamed Ally, senior research advisor, and Mr. Raffat Khaqan, consultant on this project. // Widespread use of affordable mobile technology is an important development in the present times. Leaders of all nations are committed to achieving “inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”, which is Goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this regard with the increasing use and accessibility of mobile technology, trials were carried out in using mobile learning to increase access to education in Swat, Pakistan. The project was implemented during January to March 2016 in Allama Iqbal Public School and College Kanju Swat, Pakistan. Grades 8, 9, and 10 were involved in this project. The mobile learning project involved the use of mobile technology to deliver learning materials to students to provide flexibility of access of electronic learning materials. The Aptus system is portable and was designed to allow children to connect to digital learning platforms and access course materials without the need for grid electricity or internet access. This ideal situation was found in an area like Swat where there is limited or no access to the internet and unreliable supply of electricity. Moreover, the costs of the Aptus system and the tablet computers are reasonable which makes it a good choice for large scale implementations.
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