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Type Journal Article - Contemporary PNG Studies
Title SMS story: Early results of an innovative education trial
Volume 19
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2013
Page numbers 50-62
URL https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-981-10-4944-6_30
The spread of mobile phone service into rural areas of Papua New Guinea (PNG) in recent years has created a new means of supporting workers based in such locations. The innovative SMS Story project is a controlled trial in which teachers at elementary schools receive resources through mobile phone text messages. These resources include daily short stories and complementary lesson plans designed to enhance the teaching of reading to students. This paper provides initial findings from the earliest stages of the project, including a baseline reading assessment of 2,478 students and visits to schools. As well as the early results, the paper shares lessons learnt about the implementation of SMS Story. It also posits possible additional uses of mobile phones which may be beneficial in the education sector in PNG.

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