Mobile phones: new way for African students to learn programming

Chao Charity Mbogo, Kenya Methodist University It’s not easy for Computer Science students at most universities in Africa to practice and develop their programming skills. They have the ability to program, but access to desktop or laptop computers might be a problem. I experienced this first-hand while teaching programming at a Kenyan university. Most African …

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Mobile phones disrupt teaching & learning in Africa

Gina Porter, Durham University Mobile phones have become ubiquitous in Africa. Among younger users, basic phones are most common. But more pupils are accessing smartphones that can connect to the internet – and taking them along to school. Phones are often used in school whether they’re allowed or not. Although they can enable valuable access …

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Mobile phones the pathway to internet in Africa

Indra de Lanerolle, University of the Witwatersrand There is abundant evidence that poorer people in Africa are now using the internet. In South Africa, most new users come from low income households, many of them living below the poverty line. The main driver of this trend is declining costs. Most people in Africa connect to …

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Africa News Headlines for 24 April 2015

Sudan changes law that left rape victims punished for adultery: TRFN Source: Reuters Israel refuses visa to South African cabinet minister en route to Palestinian Authority Source: Haaretz Refugees from Burundi flow into Rwanda as tensions mount Source: 12NewsNow/AP Tigo offers Tanzanians first 4G service Source: Ventures Africa What next for Africa’s kidnapped girls? Source: …

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How interactive radio is reshaping politics in Africa

By Imogen Mathers [Republished under a Creative Commons license from SciDev.Net.] If you are unable to listen to this audio, please update your browser or click here to download the file [3.7MB]. The powerful combination of interactive radio and mobile phones is a force for political change in East Africa, says researcher Sharath Srinivasan in …

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