USAID and Stanford University cordially invite you to participate in a roundtable discussion on the use of mobile devices for education in developing countries (m4Ed4Dev). This roundtable is the first of a series of m4Ed4Dev research roundtables. The objective of this roundtable series is to highlight current activities, best practices, and lessons learned -- and to identify future directions for scalability of existing and new pilot or research activities in the area of mobile devices for education in developing countries.

M4Ed4Dev is a collaborative effort intended to engage USAID and other US government agencies, higher education institutions, foundations, NGOs, multi- and bilateral organizations and the private sector. This series of m4Ed4Dev research roundtables seeks to bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss the current state of mobiles in the field of education, identify research gaps, develop new collaborations, and spur further research.

This first roundtable will focus on identifying current research, sharing best practices and lessons learned, and identifying research gaps. Subsequent roundtables will develop and refine topics identified in prior roundtables. This roundtable will be on March 28, 2011 from 9am to 12pm at Stanford University. Potential, but not exclusive, topic areas for discussion include the use of mobiles for:

- Innovative Teaching Models and Methodologies for Teachers
- On-Demand Access to Learning Materials and Instructional Delivery for Students
- Improved Education Data to Support Transparency and Accountability
- Educational System Strengthening

Paul Kim, Ph.D.
Chief Technology Officer
Stanford University School of Education

Anthony Bloome
Education Technology Specialist

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