In the deluge of new applications for the iPhone in recent days, a number of apps for education are worth considering. There are lots of folks who think the cell phone, not the laptop computer, is the platform for transforming education in both wealthy and less wealthy countries. The iPhone platform—and Nokia’s—may be the platform that can deliver the kind of experiences to kids that make this happen.

There are apps to learn physics, French, anatomy, math—tons. You can download software that allows you to read eBooks. It’s just a beginning. Now, what do kinds in poor Indian and African villages need? How about kids on the Hopi reservation?

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