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Should university students use Wikipedia?

Should university students use Wikipedia? | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it
Most academics look down on the open source encyclopedia, but does it really hinder students' studies?

Despite Wikipedia's drawbacks, students will continue to take advantage of the resource – and the default response of academics to simply advise against using the site is unlikely to have much effect. Lancaster lecturer Dr Catherine Easton says students must develop an ability to analyse the nature of the source material within Wikipedia, adding that the educator should ensure there is "a strong, continuing focus on the need to support academic work with references to acceptable scholarly sources".

 

Read more at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2013/may/13/should-university-students-use-wikipedia

 

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The Patient Innovation Project - About Health Degrees

The Patient Innovation Project - About Health Degrees | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

The Patient Innovation project aims to create an international, multilingual, non-profit platform and social network to connect patients and caregivers, and enable the sharing of their solutions. If not shared, these strategies, treatments, devices and knowledge would probably remain unknown to many patients, not fulfilling their potential of changing other people's lives.

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee speaks out on data ownership - Masters and PhDs

Sir Tim Berners-Lee speaks out on data ownership - Masters and PhDs | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, told the IPExpo Europe in London’s Excel Centre that the potential of big data will be wasted as its current owners use it to serve ever more “queasy” targeted advertising.

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Filling classrooms with poorly trained teachers undercuts education gains, warns UN - Online And Distance Learning

Filling classrooms with poorly trained teachers undercuts education gains, warns UN - Online And Distance Learning | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

A global shortage of teachers has pressured many countries into hiring educators with little or no training, undermining the educational progress of numerous school-age children around the world, the United Nations education agency warned today.

 
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The Rise Of Open Source Hardware - Online And Distance Learning

The Rise Of Open Source Hardware - Online And Distance Learning | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Emile Petrone founded Tindie for selfish reasons. “The basic idea was that there wasn’t a marketplace for the things I was interested in,” he says. At the time, those things were his latest DIY hardware obsessions—specifically, kits to support Arduino and Raspberry Pi. “Ebay’s not really right, and neither is Amazon. Hardware projects had no natural home.”

 

Just as Etsy became the go-to marketplace for craft creators, Tindie has become the primary hub for hardware aficionados.

 
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After Boko Haram: Hillary Clinton Promises Education For 14 Million Girls - Masters and PhDs

After Boko Haram: Hillary Clinton Promises Education For 14 Million Girls - Masters and PhDs | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

On Wednesday morning, Hillary Clinton and Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced a new Clinton Global Initiative commitment with the Center on Universal Education at the Brookings Institution for girls’ education called CHARGE (The Collaborative for Harnessing Ambition and Resources for Girls Education). The initiative will include 30 other partners, including governments like the United States and organizations from the private sector, committing $600 million to reach 14 million girls around the world in the next five years. Gillard, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, approached Secretary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton a year ago to work together on the initiative. 

 
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12 Excellent iPad Apps for Music Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

12 Excellent iPad Apps for Music Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

One of the key content areas where technology is making such a tremendous contribution is in the teaching of music. There are now a wide variety of web tools and mobile apps that teachers can use in their class to instruct their students on the various musical concepts from composition to distribution. Most of these tools are free and easy to use. 


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Carbon map – which countries are responsible for climate change?

Carbon map – which countries are responsible for climate change? | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

As heads of state from David Cameron to Barack Obama meet in New York for a UN climate summit hosted by Ban Ki-moon, expectations are high for bold commitments on cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Use this interactive, in-depth map to find out who the big polluters are internationally, how China’s emissions have grown stratospherically and see who is most vulnerable to global warming’s impacts. 

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Richard Byrne's Free Technology for Teachers: Google Tutorials

Richard Byrne's Free Technology for Teachers: Google Tutorials | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Google Tutorials

This page contains tutorials for using Google tools. The tutorials that I've created you are welcome to use in your own blog, website, or professional development session. Before using the tutorials created by others, please contact their creators.
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Great tutorials just a keyword search away. (Better still, just click and you are there. 

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Always good to bookmark a great resource for technology tutorials. Great tips to explore.

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25 Killer Sites For Free Online Education - Online And Distance Learning

25 Killer Sites For Free Online Education - Online And Distance Learning | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Whether you’re five or ninety five, the internet has a lot to offer. Particularly when the topic is education, the resources on the internet are endless. Best of all, many high quality sites are completely free. From history to coding, excellent free education awaits on the following 25 sites...

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MDG Countdown 2014: Innovating for Impact - YouTube

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have accelerated progress in beating poverty worldwide. With just 15 months to go before we reach the 2015 due date, the MDG Countdown event will demonstrate how innovation is helping to achieve the goals and galvanise renewed commitments. Find out more at: http://www.usaid.gov/MDGcountdown

  
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Using the UTAUT model to analyze students’ ICT adoption - Masters and PhDs

Using the UTAUT model to analyze students’ ICT adoption - Masters and PhDs | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

This paper seeks to provide further understanding of issues surrounding acceptance of information and communication technology (ICT) by students of tertiary institutions. The Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) model Venkatesh et al (2003) was employed by the researchers to determine the strength of predictors for students’ intention to accept and use ICT for learning and research.

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Anakuran: A Path to Education for Children of Migrant Construction Workers - Masters and PhDs

Anakuran: A Path to Education for Children of Migrant Construction Workers - Masters and PhDs | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

‘If you cannot go to school, the school comes to you.’ Project Anakuran is an innovative design which seeks to provide formal education through Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to the children of migrant construction labourers based at medium and large construction sites in urban locale. 


This paper is published in the International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology (IJEDICT) - an e-journal that provides free and open access to all of its content. It provides a space for researchers, practitioners and theoreticians to jointly explore ideas about ICT in education for development in hitherto less developed parts of the world.

  
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Mobile learning in higher education in East Africa - Masters and PhDs

Mobile learning in higher education in East Africa - Masters and PhDs | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Recent penetration of mobile technologies and its services in East Africa has provided a new platform for institutions to widen access to education through mobile learning. Mobile technologies provide learners with flexibility and ubiquity to learn anytime and anywhere via wireless Internet. However, far too little research has been conducted to investigate factors that contribute towards students’ adoption and use of mobile learning in East Africa.

In this study the researchers applied the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) model to investigate students’ behavioural intention to adopt and use mobile learning in higher education in East Africa. The results showed that, four factors: performance expectancy, effort expectancy, social influence, and facilitating conditions had significant positive effects on students’ mobile learning acceptance with performance expectancy being the strongest predictor. 

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iPad Photographers, Flickr Has Finally Come to iPad

iPad Photographers, Flickr Has Finally Come to iPad | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

The latest version of Flickr has been optimized for iOS 8 and Apple's Retina displays. The app can display photos in high resolution — up to 3 million pixels per image, according to Flickr.

"No matter the context of your photo adventures — whether you’re socializing with friends, trekking through a market in a faraway city or capturing the most important memories at a family wedding — you’ll never lose a pixel of the full resolution, uncompressed photos in your Flickr account," the company wrote in a blog post. "And with the 1,000GB of free storage, you can upload all your photos not just your favorites!"

 

 

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Researchers using data mining to improve the online learning experience - Online And Distance Learning

Researchers using data mining to improve the online learning experience - Online And Distance Learning | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Computer scientists are hoping data mining technology will improve online education.

A $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation will allow computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University to begin construction of a database called LearnSphere that will act as a repository for data for researchers studying the effects on students taking online courses.

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Why Free Online Classes Are Still the Future of Education - Online And Distance Learning

Why Free Online Classes Are Still the Future of Education - Online And Distance Learning | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

This week, a team of researchers out of MIT, Harvard, and China’s Tsinghua University — all schools that offer MOOCs — released a study showing that students who attended a MIT physics class online learned as effectively as students who took the class in person. What’s more, the results were the same, regardless of how well the online students scored on a pre-test before taking the class.

Studies like the one from MIT are providing new fuel for people like Anant Agarwal, an MIT computer science professor and the CEO of the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based non-profit, edX, one of several purveyors of so-called “massively open online courses,” or MOOCs, which offer free online classes from elite universities to anyone in the world. It’s an affirmation of the very thing they’ve been saying all along: that it’s possible to get a quality college education without the hefty price tag.

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Unique MOOC with in-person sessions offered for future and current college STEM faculty

Unique MOOC with in-person sessions offered for future and current college STEM faculty | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

A new MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) offering an in-person twist — local weekly facilitated meetings — debuts next week to help future and current college STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) faculty become better teachers. It is designed to be of special interest to grad students planning to teach professionally.


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Stealing Africa - Why Poverty?

Stealing Africa - Why Poverty? | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Zambia has the 3rd largest copper reserves in the world, but 60% of the population live on less than $1 a day and 80% are unemployed. Based on original research into public documents, the film describes the tax system employed by multinational companies in Africa.

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Learning initiative for entrepreneurs - Online And Distance Learning

Learning initiative for entrepreneurs - Online And Distance Learning | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

This free, HP Life online training program helps you gain the real-life IT and business skills needed to start or grow your business, in your own time, at your own pace. The courses are interactive and full of information and practical exercises that will give you the skills to meet the business challenges you face.

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22 maps and charts that will surprise you

22 maps and charts that will surprise you | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

A good visualization helps you see what the data is telling you. The best visualizations help you you see things you never thought the data would tell you. These 22 charts and maps are in that category: all of them tell you something surprising...

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"Dear Matafele Peinem" - A climate change poem

"Dear Matafele Peinem" - A climate change poem | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

On 23 September 2014, 26 year old poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, from the Marshall Islands, addressed the Opening Ceremony of the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit. Kathy performed a new poem entitled "Dear Matafele Peinem", written to her daughter. The poem received a standing ovation. 
Click below to see Kathy's beautiful and incredibly moving performance of that poem set to images depicting the impact of climate change and also the people’s movement against the agents of that change.

 

 
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Marks and Spencer moves into online courses - Online And Distance Learning

Marks and Spencer moves into online courses - Online And Distance Learning | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Marks and Spencer is entering the online education market, launching a business course with Leeds University.

The massive open online course, or Mooc, is a free course on business innovation. It uses case studies, video from the company’s archive and support from university academics.

Alison Houston, head of the M&S archive, says the course teaches how “creative concepts are balanced with commercial thinking”.

 
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Expanding Africa’s Digital Frontier: Farmers Show the Way

Expanding Africa’s Digital Frontier: Farmers Show the Way | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Agricultural transformation is a priority for Africa. Across the continent, the significant information needs of farmers—accurate local weather forecasts, relevant advice on agricultural practices and input use, real time price information and market logistics—remain largely unmet. To the extent that rural regions are typically sparsely populated with limited infrastructure and dispersed markets, the use of innovative information and communication technologies (ICTs) overcome some of these information asymmetries and connect farmers to opportunities that weren't necessarily available to them earlier. Harnessing the rapid growth of digital technologies holds hope for transformative agricultural development. 

 
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Why Apple's New Phones Won't Change the World But Nokia's Will

Why Apple's New Phones Won't Change the World But Nokia's Will | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

One reason mobile phones have a considerably greater impact in poor countries is because other information-based services are so weak. Only about one-quarter of people in sub-Saharan Africa have an account at a financial institution—let alone a Visa or American Express card. Mobile payments have leapfrogged the rollout of plastic payment systems across the region. As many as 60 percent of Kenyans use their mobile phone for financial transactions, and almost three times as many people in the country use mobile banking than have a debit or credit card.

There are limits to the mobile revolution, even in Africa. A phone can’t make up for electricity networks that cover a fraction of the population, schools that frequently graduate the illiterate, or legal systems that are corrupt or incompetent. And though mobile technology may have raised incomes in Africa by a few percentage points, GDP per capita in the U.S. is still only about 1,600 percent of the average in the sub-Saharan region. Even so, it’s worth remembering that while elegant styling and fancy tablets have made Apple successful, it’s the cheap Nokias (NOK) and the text-based mobile money systems that have really changed the world.

 
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A model for integrating ICT into teacher training programs in Bangladesh based on TPCK - Masters and PhDs

A model for integrating ICT into teacher training programs in Bangladesh based on TPCK - Masters and PhDs | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

The discovery of modern technology is compelled teachers to encounter new challenges in their teaching. Therefore, there is an increasing demand for professional development programs to include ICT along with pedagogy and substantial (content) knowledge into teaching-learning context. In this paper, the author presents a model for integrating ICT for teacher training programs in Bangladesh, which is based on Technology Pedagogy Content knowledge (TPCK) model.


This paper is published in the International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology (IJEDICT) - an e-journal that provides free and open access to all of its content. It provides a space for researchers, practitioners and theoreticians to jointly explore ideas about ICT in education for development in hitherto less developed parts of the world.

  
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