The emergence of Internet and portable devices like Laptops/PDA's and mobile phones have bought a great change in the communication and entertainment world. However, unfortunately, the teaching and learning methodologies in the secondary schools and pre-university colleges in India have remained almost stagnant over the last several years. There have been few rigorous efforts, especially, in Europe and USA to enhance the education system using the latest technological tools. However, the outcome has not yet been very desirable.
This work aims to use the mobile phones and other handheld devices as e/m-Iearning pedagogical tools in order to enhance technology-enabled interactive learning, keeping in mind the affordability and usability of proposed technology in emerging economies/developing countries like India , China , etc. We have developed a prototype for "interactive wireless education solution" with two independent yet complimentary components- clicker response system and m-Iearning application, in order to cater to two different spectrums of users.
The low-cost clicker response system is developed primarily for students in schools and colleges, while the m-Iearning application is being developed for students in colleges and professional institutions, keeping in mind the fact that most of the students today in these institutions have Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones. This not only enables interactive learning using wireless devices but also provides multimedia-based bi-directional transfer of information between the students and the teacher.