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Mobile Learning Games for Low-Income Children in India

Lessons from 2004–2009

Matthew Kam

The cell phone’s ubiquity in developing countries has made it widely hyped as a highly appropriate e-learning device in these regions. It is relatively affordable, can run without constant access to reliable electricity, and can be used by low-income populations who do not possess high levels of literacy or schooling. However, according to the World Bank, “there are still precious few widespread examples of the use of [mobile] phones for education purposes inside or outside of classrooms in developing countries that have been well documented, and fewer still that have been evaluated with any sort of rigor” (2009).

In this chapter, I seek to address the ...

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