Math and Science On Cell Phones?

August 26, 2008

For a long time kajeet has supported education on our cell phones through “edutainment” applications.  Games like Bookworm, My Happy Planet, Monopoly, Sudoku, etc. are all educational – and they are inherently appealing to kids.

We are now hosting an interesting application on kajeet phones that is bit more overtly educational.  The idea is to teach math and science in small snippets through the mobile phone – a device kids have around them all the time and that is used by more people globally than use computers.  The app – called “Sports Bytes” – is designed to teach math and science through baseball, soccer, and cycling.  On the kajeet mobileweb browser (the Navigator), Sports Bytes can be found on the home page under “Test Your Sports IQ”.   You can see more in this utube video.

kajeet is supporting the initiative by hosting it for free and by donating giveaways of kajeet phones at ballparks, soccer stadiums, and other forums as incentives to get kids to try Sports Bytes.  On the kajeet phone, customers get free wallpapers after successfully finishing a series of Sports Bytes.  The project is sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation and the application has been built by Hot Lava Software.

I’ll be interested in how this approach to mobile learning takes off.  It has the potential to reach many millions of kids (and adults) worldwide.  And at kajeet we will continue to support new initiatives in education like these as they are created.


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