Mobile devices in learning have been used, widely, for global educational reform initiatives.

Even initiatives within special education or, as in the Kwavulindlebe case, education around the needs of the hearing impaired and within deaf education, are now gleaning from the benefits that mobile devices with multi-functions can bring to improved learning.

Starting with the school Principal and teachers, Learning Academy Worldwide and the Beijing Royal School conducted its introduction to Mobile Learning at the Kwavulindlebe Primary School in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

Director of Deaf Education in South Africa, Mrs Odette Swift teamed up with student volunteer, Miss Zime Zulu and Learning Academy Worldwide Mobile Educator, Miss Louise Österberg to assess the needs at Kwavulindlebe and introduce solutions.

Some of the lessons learned from the forum held on 20th May, 2014, at the school were:

  1. Mobile devices can help to give students a chance to do homework at school.
  • Game-based learning must be vigorously explored as an alternative
  • Teachers need more opportunities to experiment with Project-based learning using mobile devices.
  • Consistency in teacher professional development support is crucial for sustainable educational reform initiatives.