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A Guerilla Mobile Network Springs Up in Indonesia

A Guerilla Mobile Network Springs Up in Indonesia | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

A four-hour drive from the nearest cellular coverage in the remote highlands of Papua, Indonesia, a new kind of guerilla telecom network is operating, albeit outside the law, using a cheap base station roped into a treetop.

The technology could provide a new model for self-managed “last mile” mobile coverage in the world’s hardest-to-reach areas, where traditional top-down telecommunications business models don’t work.

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'Author Rank' Separating Small Business Bloggers vs Small Business Ghost Writers

'Author Rank' Separating Small Business Bloggers vs Small Business Ghost Writers | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Over the course of the last couple of years, Google has been tinkering with an algorithm factor they call "Author Rank." While it will ever quite be a replacement for PageRank which determines SERPs (search engine results pages), it is now being used to inform PageRank, enabling Google to rank high-quality content more appropriately. Hooyah, finally an opportunity to separate quality bloggers from those less gifted - done in a very organized fashion - vis a vis Google's mighty algorithm.


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Gifting computers to a poor school in Nepal: Beyond the Bling

Gifting computers to a poor school in Nepal: Beyond the Bling | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Donating computers to schools in poorer communities with the altruistic hope of bridging some kind of “digital-divide” by providing access to modern technologies may seem commendable. Critics, however, would argue that these actions are ineffective, primarily serving the interests of the donators and may even damage the community. This article reflects upon this controversy using, as a case study, one charitable project in Nepal.

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"What Are Cultures of Learning" - Stephen Downes at altc2013

"What Are Cultures of Learning" Keynote speech by Stephen Downes, Senior Researcher for Canada's National Research Council, at altc2013 Building new cultures...

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December 19, 2013: IJEDICT Weekly News is out

December 19, 2013: IJEDICT Weekly News is out | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

"IJEDICT Weekly News", by Stewart Marshall: a free, online, weekly newspaper with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos about using ICT in eduction and development..

 

Read and subscribe free at: http://paper.li/f-1325685118

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Has a natural world wonder just been approved for destruction by the Australian government?

Has a natural world wonder just been approved for destruction by the Australian government? | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

The Great Barrier Reef of Australia - World Heritage listed and one of the wonders of the world.

Unfortunately, soon a massively destructive coal port will be built just 50 km north of the magnificent Whitsunday Islands. The port expansion was approved by the Liberal National Government on Wednesday. Unbelievable vandalism!!! :-(

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After Setbacks, Online Courses Are Rethought

After Setbacks, Online Courses Are Rethought | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Two years after a Stanford professor drew 160,000 students from around the globe to a free online course on artificial intelligence, starting what was widely viewed as a revolution in higher education, early results for such large-scale courses are disappointing, forcing a rethinking of how college instruction can best use the Internet.

 

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Stewart-Marshall's curator insight, December 14, 2013 2:26 PM

The big MOOC companies (e.g., Udacity and Coursera) have taken the concept and forced it into a mass delivery system - and failed.  But some of the original creators of MOOCs - in particular, Stephen Downes and George Siemens - see them as being about networking learners:

http://www.elearnspace.org/blog/

http://www.elearnspace.org/blog/2012/06/03/what-is-the-theory-that-underpins-our-moocs/

 

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Twitter, Facebook and more demand sweeping changes to US surveillance laws

Twitter, Facebook and more demand sweeping changes to US surveillance laws | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

The world’s leading technology companies have united to demand sweeping changes to US surveillance laws, urging an international ban on bulk collection of data to help preserve the public’s “trust in the internet”.

 
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Educating Adolescents About SRHR through Mobile

Educating Adolescents About SRHR through Mobile | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Based in Ghana, last year’s World of Difference team has developed a mobile communication strategy to mark the day and to “inform adolescents in a fun and interactive way about their sexuality” and encourage openness in discussing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

Using simple questions such as: did you know that you can have a sexually transmitted disease (STD) without noticing? or do you want to know if you can get a STD from a toilet seat?, the mobile solution consisting of a SMS quiz and a website has helped educate youngsters about the key issues of HIV/AIDS and other STDs.

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Graduate Programs in Education

Graduate Programs in Education | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Teachers wanting to move into a leadership or administrative role, or to specialize in a particular aspect of education, should consider one the many graduate programs in education that are available.  This page has more details of the programs and where they can be taken …

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NSA infected 50,000 computer networks with malicious software

NSA infected 50,000 computer networks with malicious software | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it
The American intelligence service - NSA - infected more than 50,000 computer networks worldwide with malicious software designed to steal sensitive information.
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Education Management Online | Online and Distance Learning

Education Management Online | Online and Distance Learning | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it
This page provides information on what is studied in Education management online degrees, where you can study them, prospects, and more ...
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Reaching Most Vulnerable Young People With Family Planning and HIV Services

Reaching Most Vulnerable Young People With Family Planning and HIV Services | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Ethiopia — where international advocates will open their biennial International Conference on Family Planning on Nov. 12 — has succeeded in bringing down the unmet need for family planning from 36.6 percent of currently married women 15-49 in 2000 to 26.3 percent in 2011. But the unmet need is greatest among those aged 15 to 19.


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The prospect of animated videos in agriculture and health: A case study in Benin

The prospect of animated videos in agriculture and health: A case study in Benin | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Woman from Kobli, Atakora. Photograph by: Jacques Taberlet

 

Article by:
Julia Bello-Bravo, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Elie Dannon, International Institute for Tropical Agriculture, Benin 
Tolulope Adebimpe Agunbiade, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA 
Manuele Tamo, International Institute for Tropical Agriculture, Benin 
Barry Robert Pittendrigh, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA

 

Cell-phone ready educational videos, translated into local languages, are a very recent phenomenon in developing nations. One of the reasons for the emergence of this approach is due to the scarcity of other forms of educational materials with appropriate content for low literate learners. Additionally, the World Wide Web (WWW) has very little to offer in regards to audio-visual training materials that could be used to educate people in their own local languages without the need for literacy. Scientific Animations Without Borders (SAWBO) creates and works with local groups to deploy educational videos in local languages facilitating access to information and knowledge to individuals in the developing world. This paper is based on a survey conducted with 83 individuals on the perception of three SAWBO educational animations – neem extracts for insect control, cholera and malaria prevention; and their potential as training tools for health and agricultural extension in Benin. 

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The usage and impact of internet enabled phones on academic concentration among students of tertiary institutions: A study of University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

The usage and impact of internet enabled phones on academic concentration among students of tertiary institutions: A study of University of Ibadan, Nigeria. | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Article by: Emeka K Ezemenaka, Institut Français de Recherche en Afrique (IFRA), Nigeria

The usage of Internet enabled phones has been a 21st century phenomenon that spreads for different purposes and functions. This study looks into the usage and perceived effect implications internet enabled phones have on the academic performance of the tertiary students using University of Ibadan students in Nigeria as a case study. The study was carried out in order to understand and bring to the fore if the students’ academic performance is affected due to the time channelled to the phone during class hours which has a general perception as a medium of distractions to students. 

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The Landfill Harmonic Orchestra

The Landfill Harmonic Orchestra | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Amazing creativity and artistry out of adversity.

 

via the Landfill Harmonic Orchestra - YouTube.

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The Winners of The National Geographic Photo Contest 2013 | DeMilked

The Winners of The National Geographic Photo Contest 2013 | DeMilked | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

The annual National Geographic Photo Contest selects the best of the best photographers for public recognition and official monetary prizes. The competition this year was extremely intense – National Geographic received more than 7 thousand submissions from professional and amateur photographers from over 150 countries.

 
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Open Source | Online and Distance Learning

Open Source | Online and Distance Learning | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Open source software (OSS) and open educational resources (OER) share a common heritage and philosophy - they are both about giving everyone access and permission to use, change and re-use material.  This page helps you find out more about OSS and OER, so that you can use them in your teaching and learning.

 

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Iva Golec's curator insight, December 18, 2013 4:50 PM

Learning is fun ... especially when it is free :)

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Boyd Varty: What I learned from Nelson Mandela

Boyd Varty: What I learned from Nelson Mandela | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it
"In the cathedral of the wild, we get to see the best parts of ourselves reflected back to us." Boyd Varty, a wildlife activist, shares stories of animals,
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Presentation Zen: Sir Ken Robinson gives best talk yet at TED Talks Education

Presentation Zen: Sir Ken Robinson gives best talk yet at TED Talks Education | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

"Creativity and education expert Sir Ken Robinson delivered two amazingly popular TED Talks prior to 2013. His first talk http://bit.ly/1fjhkH6 —presented sans multimedia in the true Sir Ken Robinson style — was made in 2006 and is the most viewed TED talk of all time. His follow-up talk given in 2010 http://bit.ly/1f6zZp2 also has been downloaded millions of times. I have seen Sir Ken speak many times and he is always inspiring and engaging, but his latest TED talk, http://bit.ly/IEXH0Q presented at TED Talks Education in April of this year, is my favorite yet. Good presentation is a balance of information, persuasion, and inspiration. Presentations related to leadership must necessarily light a spark and point the way. Sir Ken does not scream or jump up and down but he nonetheless ignites, provokes, and inspires his live audience, and anyone else who cares to listen to his presentation on line, in a meaningful and memorable way. Millions of people have seen his latest talk, but just in case you have not, please set aside about 20 minutes to watch this outstanding, albeit short, talk below."

 


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simondcollins's curator insight, January 20, 2014 6:11 AM

The brilliant Sir Ken Robinson.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 20, 2014 1:51 PM

Sir Ken is always a good listen and viewing.

Graeme Reid's curator insight, January 22, 2014 5:57 PM

Fabulous presenter making some excellent points about education.

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The Inaugural Issue of the COL Journal of Learning for Development

The Journal of Learning for Development provides a forum for the publication of research with a focus on innovation in learning, in particular but not exclusively open and distance learning, and its contribution to development. Content includes interventions that change social and/or economic relations, especially in terms of improving equity.

JL4D publishes research and case studies from researchers, scholars and practitioners, and seeks to engage a broad audience across that spectrum. It aims to encourage contributors starting their careers, as well as to publish the work of established and senior scholars from the Commonwealth and beyond.

 

Articles
John Daniel: What Learning for What Development?
Colin Robert Latchem: Informal Learning and Non-Formal Education for Development
Jonathan Paul Baggaley: Bridging Fields at a Critical Time
Caroline Seelig: The Role Distance Learning Has to Play in Offender Education
Narend Baijnath: Curricular Innovation and Digitsation at a Mega University in the Developing World – The UNISA “Signature Course” Project


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23 Great Sources For Free Educational Videos Online

23 Great Sources For Free Educational Videos Online | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it
Students love to watch and learn. Why not showcase some of the best free educational videos and their repositories then?

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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, November 28, 2013 7:26 AM

Very nice sharing. Thanks

Scott Anderson (Daymap)'s curator insight, December 1, 2013 7:53 PM

Here are some fantastic and free links teachers can use!

Maggie McGuirk Veres's curator insight, September 3, 2014 1:48 PM

It's worth a look.

 

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A Powerful Set Of Classroom iPad Rules For Teachers

A Powerful Set Of Classroom iPad Rules For Teachers | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

“ via Edudemic If you’re rolling out iPads in the classroom, you need to lay down the law. As a connected educator, you need to come up with a set of guidelines, classroom iPad rules, as well ...”


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Google launches tools to help with Philippines typhoon aftermath

Google launches tools to help with Philippines typhoon aftermath | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

To help with the emergency in the Philippines after Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) struck, Google launches a series of tools to assist those affected by the disaster. The website can be used by anyone looking for friends or relatives who have been lost, as well as by those who have information about the whereabouts of individuals. With information very hard to get hold off in the area, this is a valuable service to those hunting for loved ones.

 
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How to help Typhoon Haiyan survivors

How to help Typhoon Haiyan survivors | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it
The stories coming out of the Philippines are unimaginable. Rushing water and wind tearing children away from their parents' arms. A death toll that may reach 2,500. A city of 200,000 in which no buildings appear to have survived intact.
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Bruce Baikie's curator insight, November 18, 2013 12:39 PM

Inveneo has two engineerings on the ground there assessing the communication needs for UMCOR relief....