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Namibia: How ICT Could Develop Education

Namibia: How ICT Could Develop Education | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

As a country Namibia formulated a long-term vision, called Vision 2030 that reflects the hopes and aspirations of the people. This overarching vision is to have a prosperous and industrialized nation by 2013. The 4th National Development Plan (NDP4) is formulated to realize Vision 2030 and it has an entire key results area, which is expected to create a knowledge-based economy and a technology-driven nation.

ICT offers tools and systems that can improve planning, administration and management of education at local regional and national levels. Mobile applications, databases and electronic networks can be used to enable a more efficient management of the education system. Communication tools can help ensure that policies and directives are followed through at all levels of the education system, as well as improving its responsiveness to local realities.

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Free Access to ICT in Education for Development Journal

Free Access to ICT in Education for Development Journal | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Volume 10 Issue 4 of the International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology (IJEDICT) was published at the end of December, 2014. You can read, print and share all the articles free of charge.

 


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Great Platforms to Find Open Educational Resources ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Great Platforms to Find Open Educational Resources ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Here is a list of free educational tools that will help you find some great open educational resources (OERs). Bookmark them, pin them, and add them to your collections.

 


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2Smart4Mankind: Google Has An Internal Committee To Discuss Its Fears About The Power Of Artificial Intelligence

2Smart4Mankind: Google Has An Internal Committee To Discuss Its Fears About The Power Of Artificial Intelligence | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Robots are coming. Google has assembled a team of experts in London who are working to "solve intelligence." They make up Google DeepMind, the US tech giant's artificial intelligence (AI) company, which it acquired in 2014. In an interview with MIT Technology Review, published recently, Demis Hassabis, the man in charge of DeepMind, spoke out about some of the company's biggest fears about the future of AI.

 

Hassabis and his team are creating opportunities to apply AI to Google services. AI firm is about teaching computers to think like humans, and improved AI could help forge breakthroughs in loads of Google's services. It could enhance YouTube recommendations for users for example, or make the company's mobile voice search better.

 

But it's not just Google product updates that DeepMind's cofounders are thinking about. Worryingly, cofounder Shane Legg thinks the team's advances could be what finishes off the human race. He told the LessWrong blog in an interview: "Eventually, I think human extinction will probably occur, and technology will likely play a part in this". He adds he thinks AI is the "no.1 risk for this century". It's ominous stuff. (Read about Elon Musk discussing his concerns about AI here.)

People like Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk are worried about what might happen as a result of advancements in AI. They're concerned that robots could grow so intelligent that they could independently decide to exterminate humans. And if Hawking and Musk are fearful, you probably should be too.

 

Hassibis showcased some DeepMind software in a video back in April. In it, a computer learns how to beat Atari video games — it wasn't programmed with any information about how to play, just given the controls and an instinct to win. AI specialist Stuart Russell of the University of California says people were "shocked".

 

Google is also concerned about the "other side" of developing computers in this way. That's why it set up an "ethics board". It's tasked with making sure AI technology isn't abused. As Hassibis explains: "It's (AI) something that we or other people at Google need to be cognizant of." Hassibis does concede that "we're still playing Atari games currently" — but as AI moves forward, the fear sets in.


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Finding copyright-friendly photos for the Google Images generation

Finding copyright-friendly photos for the Google Images generation | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Searching and citing usable images is easy once students learn the basics. Teaching students to respect the intellectual property of others is important in this digital “cut and paste” world we live in. One great project to share with students that can better help them understand how and when they may use images created by others is the Creative Commons project.


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Teachers Will Embrace Students’ Smartphone Addiction In 2015

Teachers Will Embrace Students’ Smartphone Addiction In 2015 | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

The year 2014 saw some impressive education technology disruptions, e.g., in the “crowd-sourcing” of education and the role of corporations in educational provision. So what will 2015 bring?

Joe Mathewson, who cofounded the learning platform Firefly when he was 14, gave his predictions in TechCrunch:



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How To Build One Brain-Boosting Habit In 2015

How To Build One Brain-Boosting Habit In 2015 | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

We never stop learning. But unlike our school days, when our brain is constantly challenged and exercised to become better, our adult lives don't make time for this. In 2015, give your brain a boost. It's easier than you think and takes only a few minutes of your life each day


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Might be useful for reading

 

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Some great habits to pick in the new year. 

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The Future Of Google Glass In eLearning - e-Learning Feeds

The Future Of Google Glass In eLearning - e-Learning Feeds | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

As eLearning professionals, it's essential to keep up-to-date with the latest tools and technologies, even with those that may not be specifically intended for the world of eLearning. In this post I'll offer insight into the role that Google Glass might play in the future of online learning by delving into many uses of Google Glass in eLearning.

Today, eLearning professionals have access to a wide range of new wearable technologies. Each year brings bigger and better tools that give us the power to make learning experiences even more effective and meaningful for your audience.

Google Glass is one such tool: in this guide, I'll walk you through its many eLearning applications of today and tomorrow.

 

 

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Clever Gets $30 Million From Lightspeed To Become The Login Layer For Education Apps - Masters and PhDs

Clever Gets $30 Million From Lightspeed To Become The Login Layer For Education Apps - Masters and PhDs | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Thanks to pretty incredible traction in an industry that historically has been loathe to adopt technology, Clever has raised a new, $30 million round of financing just one year after its last round. The funding is being led by Lightspeed Venture Partners and includes participation from existing investor Sequoia Capital, as well as new investors GSV Capital and Peter Thiel.

 


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The wonderful and terrifying implications of computers that can learn

The wonderful and terrifying implications of computers that can learn | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

“The extraordinary, wonderful, and terrifying implications of computers that can learn” – a talk given by Jeremy Howard at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences.

 



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Global science programme to focus on urban wellbeing - Masters and PhDs

Global science programme to focus on urban wellbeing - Masters and PhDs | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

 “Historically, a lot of the focus in health has been on rural health,” explained Prof Anthony Capon, director of the UN University’s International Institute for Global Health, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. But since 2008, more people live in towns and cities than rural areas. Currently, an estimated 3.9bn people live in urban areas. This total is projected to increase to in excess of six billion people by the middle of this century.

 


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There are still awesome, transformative prospects for technology in African education

There are still awesome, transformative prospects for technology in African education | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Sameer Bhatia, founder and CEO of ProProfs: 

Technology has the potential to rapidly increase these numbers as the Internet and mobile computing can provide access to education even in areas where there are not enough teachers. With digital textbooks and resources like Khan Academy, massive open online courses (MOOCs), and other avenues for online education, African students can have access to the same high-quality education as students in developed countries around the world. This will level the playing field for African students by providing avenues toward not only basic literacy (more than one-third of adults in Sub-Saharan Africa can’t read), but also digital and other literacy that will allow them to compete globally and pursue professional careers.

 


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Digital Photography - Free Course

Digital Photography - Free Course | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

This free Alison online course in digital photography gives you the opportunity to gain extensive knowledge and understanding of digital photography including topics such as exposure settings, how to read and use the histogram, how light affects a photograph, how the camera sensor work, how camera lenses work, and how to process a photograph using computer software. 

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Google Works To Close The Digitial Divide, Bringing Free Internet To Public Housing

Google Works To Close The Digitial Divide, Bringing Free Internet To Public Housing | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

It is becoming evident that for a variety of reasons, including cost, infrastructure, literacy, and attitudes, a “digital divide” is developing between those who are in a position to take advantage of technology-enabled opportunities and those who are not.

Ariel Schwartz, Senior Editor at Co.Exist:

In Austin, Google is helping to bridge that gap by offering its Google Fiber high-speed Internet service to the 4,300 people who live in public housing offered by the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA). Once a household signs on, they get 10 years of free service (and the option to upgrade to more premium services at any time).

“This is the first partnership with a major public housing provider in a big city in which residents are being offered Fiber to the home and the opportunity to sign up for that at no cost,” says Parisa Fatehi-Weeks, the community impact manager for Google Fiber Austin.

 



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Knowledge for All: Bridge International Academies

Knowledge for All: Bridge International Academies | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Bridge International Academies is the world’s largest chain of primary and pre-primary schools bringing world-class education to the poorest of the poor, democratizing the right to succeed.

Thanks to economies of scale, Bridge is able to charge just $6 a month per pupil on average with academies reaching operational sustainability after just one year.

 



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A Great Chart Explaining The Flipped Classroom Concept ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Great Chart Explaining The Flipped Classroom Concept ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it
A great tool which explains The Flipped Classroom Concept ~ Educational Technology http://t.co/PBceLJGLtC #edtech #flippedclass #flipchat

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Know what Flipped classroom is all about!

 

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A breadth of learning

A breadth of learning | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Harvard’s Online Learning gateway houses all of the University’s open online learning opportunities under one roof for the first time, and anyone can access the breadth and depth of Harvard’s learning content. Featuring both free courses and courses for credit, the platform also offers museum collections, lectures, podcasts, and popular programs such as “CopyrightX” and Michael Sandel’s “Justice.”

 


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3-D Printing Helped These Teens Build a Smarter Wheelchair | WIRED

3-D Printing Helped These Teens Build a Smarter Wheelchair | WIRED | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it
Sixteen-year-old Mohammad Sayed wanted more from his wheelchair. So he started hacking the thing.

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Texas Instruments builds an alternative energy for the Internet of Things

Texas Instruments builds an alternative energy for the Internet of Things | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

At the Consumer Electronics Show in January, Texas Instruments (TI) will demonstrate anInternet of Things sensor network that uses harvested energy that comes from changes in temperature, vibrations, wind and light.

 



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Could you become a victim of cybercrime in 2015?

Could you become a victim of cybercrime in 2015? | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Online security companies are predicting an increase in cyber crime in 2015. Stuart Dredge, freelance journalist and contributing editor to Guardian Technology, lists and discusses the areas to watch – based on the predictions of companies including BitDefender, KPMG, AdaptiveMobile, Trend Micro, BAE Systems, WebSense, InfoSec Institute, Symantec, Kaspersky, Proofpoint and Sophos:



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9 Tips To Improve Online Learners’ Engagement - eLearning Industry

9 Tips To Improve Online Learners’ Engagement - eLearning Industry | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

The most online learners do not have a teacher at their place to explain things to them. Online learners cannot raise their questions before a teacher who can promptly provide answers to them. So, they do face difficulty in understanding things clearly while receiving education through online learning courses.

Their problem magnifies even more when teachers and professionals designing online courses do not give due attention to making things simple for them. As a result, online learners get to see too much of text, images, links,and graphics in their online course matter and they do not know on which online learning elements they should focus upon. There is hardly any cohesiveness and consistency in the learning message imparted to them. The navigation of these online courses is far from easy. Sometimes images relevant to the online course matter are not there. Instead those images are added which make the online learning material look pretty and have no relation with an online course’s theme. This can confuse the online learners.

Here are some tips to overcome some of these problems ... 


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I thought I had posted this, but it disappeared, so here it is!

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The wonderful and terrifying implications of computers that can learn

The wonderful and terrifying implications of computers that can learn | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

“The extraordinary, wonderful, and terrifying implications of computers that can learn” – a talk given by Jeremy Howard at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences.

 


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mHealth Summit 2014 News: Partners Aim to ‘Enhance Corporate Wellness Programs’ Via mHealth

mHealth Summit 2014 News: Partners Aim to ‘Enhance Corporate Wellness Programs’ Via mHealth | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

“The Activity Health Kit will allow organizations to enhance their corporate wellness programs with a unique plug-and-play health and fitness technology bundle that enables employees to monitor and manage their daily health and wellness,” a provided statement reads. “The kit is offered as a Health and Wellness Solution through an innovative ecosystem created by B2 Group that includes several retail and technology partners.”

 



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Vine shifts from comedy clips to a valid journalistic tool - About Health Degrees

Vine shifts from comedy clips to a valid journalistic tool - About Health Degrees | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Thomson’s Vines from Sierra Leone caused a stir on Twitter. People weren’t used to seeing six-second snatches of video, usually reserved for comedy, being used to document such serious subject matter. But his use of Vines to record snapshots of the situation seemed to work – “Your coverage of the Ebola outbreak has been fantastic. I understand the situation much better because of it”, one Twitter user tweeted to Thomson.

 


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Why Google and Facebook Need Balloons, Drones and Rockets - CIO

Why Google and Facebook Need Balloons, Drones and Rockets - CIO | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Google and Facebook are hatching schemes (that some people call crazy) to bring to the majority what we in the privileged minority already enjoy every day -- the ability to get online.


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