Have you ever heard of the "One Laptop Per Child" (OLPC) initiative? This is a noble, but ill-fated attempt to, "create educational opportunities for the world's poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning." Although the initiative has created a huge level of interest, funding and development in the realm of low-cost computing, its most important outcome, the creation those educational opportunities for the world's poorest children, has remained beyond the reach of the initiative with only 1.5 million laptops delivered in five years of the program's existence (more information about OLPC here).
This initiative has, unfortunately, drawn attention away from the potential for using the billions of mobile phones already in the hands of the world's poorest. These phones are there and ready to provide the "collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning" that the OLPC was never able to. The "Mobile Learning" (sometimes referred to as "mLearning") movement provides the church with a window to see new ways we can use the mobile to take the Gospel to the last and the least of the unreached. Check out the collaborative, joyful, and self-empowered learning featured in this four minute video and if it sparks your interest and you'd like to learn more you can check out the new collection of mLearning Web Links in the Resources section.
Via the Nokia Conversations blog