Can Cell Phones Solve Teacher Shortages?

| January 3, 2011 | 0 Comments
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Oracio Alvarado

Joel Klein believes they could, according to a New York Post article.

The former New York City Schools Chancellor, under whose leadership the School of One project was launched, now works for News Corp., which owns The Post.

From the article:

Klein was hesitant to delve into details about his new endeavors, but he said one project would likely attempt to address teacher shortages in high-poverty countries by using cellphone technology.

Picture students learning how to add through animated math video games delivered onto their cellphones, for example.

“Part of my theory on Africa is to think about how you design a system for a continent where there’s a lot of communication mechanisms and no teachers,” he said.

News Corporation, Rupert Murdoch‘s mega-media company also recently bought Wireless Generation for $360 million. Christopher Rush, co-founder of School of One, also works for Wireless Generation.


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