December 2010 saw the newly developed Ko-Su mobile learning platform begin its in-class pilot on iPod Touches at the CFGS Tower Hamlet Girl’s Secondary School, in a move to revolutionise how conventional classes are taught.
The Ko-Su solution was first envisaged in January 2010. The concept was to provide an innovative and intuitive solution to deliver education via mobile platforms. It is the first offering on the iMoFi portalT.he pilot scheme started with the CFGS Science Department in December and will run until February 2011.
Central Foundation is a voluntary aided comprehensive school for 11-18 inner-city girls in Bow, London. Some 75 per cent of the school’s students are bilingual and thus, this new approach to classroom teaching, has been enthusiastically adopted by these early adopters, to trial this new innovation in educational learning.
Mobile learning can play an important role in education across all levels. The opportunity exists for teachers to create tailored lessons that take advantage of the flexibility and individualisation afforded by mobile devices. The science teachers at Tower Hamlets are now enjoying the benefits of being able to tailor lesson support for students’ individual needs and capabilities. The other key innovation of this approach is that it allows the teacher/ pupil interaction to happen from anywhere, so therefore being able to monitor homework and give feedback whilst away from the classroom.
The course of the pilot will be carefully monitored in the view of rolling this out in other London schools. If this contemporary strategy proves to help step-up results in under-performing schools, educationalists are suggesting this could be worth the initial investments and have dramatic results and implication for how the curriculum is presented to students.
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