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IT “roadmap” needed to help schools’ quest for knowledge society

IT “roadmap” needed to help schools’ quest for knowledge society | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it
IT “roadmap” needed to help schools’ quest for knowledge society

Macau has the environment, the facilities, and the territorial size suitable to create a digital education system that will help Macau’s development towards a knowledge-based society, a scholar said in an international conference on Information and Communications Technology (ICT), often also called Information Technology (IT).
“The local government has done a great job in investing in ICT infrastructure. It shows the government’s commitment to creating the ICT enabling environment,” said Sanjay Nadkarni, Director of Research and Associate Professor at the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, Dubai, who is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the City University. “And what we educators should do is to complement this effort by doing research that demonstrates which kinds of technologies are good for what type of courses,” he added.


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Teaching With Tablets Piloted in E Cape

Teaching With Tablets Piloted in E Cape | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is providing multimedia tablets and training to 160 teachers at 11 schools in the Eastern Cape as part of a project that aims to develop a mobile teaching model that can be applied countrywide.

The CSIR's Meraka Institute said on Friday that it had completed a one-year pilot phase in which 17 teachers at Arthur Mfebe Senior Secondary School in Cofimvaba were trained in using digital content on tablets to support traditional teaching and learning.

A comprehensive mobile learning curriculum had been developed for this purpose, the CSIR said, and learnings from the pilot phase were being applied in the first phase of the project, which would see tablets rolled out to 11 additional schools over the next two years.

The rollout began on Friday, and would be followed by a second phase, starting in 2014, in which tablets would be rolled out to a further 14 schools.

 Read more at: http://allafrica.com/stories/201307231235.html
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Can Mapping Nutrition Assistance Help Uganda Solve Its Malnutrition Problem?

Can Mapping Nutrition Assistance Help Uganda Solve Its Malnutrition Problem? | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it
Today, one out of every three children in Uganda is stunted, a key indicator of chronic malnutrition. Beyond the negative consequences for these children and their families, malnutrition is costing Uganda $899 million USD annually, according to a recent Cost of Hunger in Africa (COHA) study. When I attended the Uganda COHA launch event in Kampala, I was impressed by the diversity of stakeholders represented and the fact that malnutrition requires a multi-sector solution.
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The powerful ‘Open Data for Africa’ platform is now available across the continent

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced that it has completed the last phase of deploying its Open Data for Africa platform across the continent following deployments in Benin, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Kenya, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, and Togo.

The platform has now been rolled out to all 54 countries across the continent.

 Read more at: http://thenextweb.com/africa/2013/07/12/the-powerful-open-data-for-africa-platform-is-now-available-across-the-continent/
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Why National Broadband Plans Matter?

Why National Broadband Plans Matter? | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

In 2011, at the Broadband Leadership Summit, the Commission endorsed a set of advocacy targets covering broadband policy, affordability and uptake. This report looks specifically at the first target, which calls for broadband policy to be made universal by 2015, and examines the importance of policy leadership and the effectiveness and policy implications of national broadband plans.

 

Read more at: http://zunia.org/post/why-national-broadband-plans-matter

 

Link: http://www.broadbandcommission.org/documents/reportNBP2013.pdf

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Teachers: Technology Encourages Student Creativity, Makes Teaching Writing Easier

Teachers: Technology Encourages Student Creativity, Makes Teaching Writing Easier | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Are digital tools like cell phones and social networking sites undermining students' writing skills or helping to improve them?

A new survey of teachers from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project found that most teachers involved in the survey consider technology beneficial to writing in several ways, including creativity and personal expression (78 percent), collaboration (79 percent), and the ability to share their work with a wider audience (96 percent).

However, the news wasn't all positive. Among those surveyed, 68 percent said technology makes make students more likely "to take shortcuts and not put effort into their writing."

"These results challenge in many ways the notion that students' writing skills are being undermined by their increasing engagement with digital tools and platforms," notes Kristen Purcell, associate director for research at Pew Internet, in a statement released to coincide with the report. "Teachers do have concerns that digital tools are blurring the lines between formal and informal writing and see writing skills that need improvement, but they also see the benefit of students having more people respond to their writing and the increased opportunities for expression these digital tools offer."


Read more at http://thejournal.com/articles/2013/07/16/teachers-technology-encourages-student-creativity-makes-teaching-writing-easier.aspx#Stj68Cr6aOczEPJM.99 ;


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Kenya's laptops for schools dream fails to address reality.

Kenya's laptops for schools dream fails to address reality. | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it
Mark Graham: Kenya wants to be Africa's digital heart but its e-learning strategy ignores the need for more trained teachers and less inequality

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Mobile Learning: 5 Advantages and 5 Disadvantages

Mobile Learning: 5 Advantages and 5 Disadvantages | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it
Learning is becoming more mobile and easier for the average student. So what are the advantages and disadvantages of mobile learning? Is easier better?

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Emerging countries open up new opportunities for marketers: report

Emerging countries open up new opportunities for marketers: report | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Sixty-eight percent of consumers surveyed in emerging markets said that they want to receive weekly mobile promotions, according to a new report from Upstream.
Upstream’s new 2013 “Emerging Markets Mobile Attitudes” report examines which types of mobile content consumers in emerging countries are most interested in. In particular the report points to emerging markets as the next big opportunity for some of the big players in the tech industry, including Apple, Samsung, Facebook and Google.


Read more at: http://www.mobilemarketer.com/cms/news/research/15657.html


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Kenya: Knut dares minister as war of nerves continue

Kenya: Knut dares minister as war of nerves continue | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it
The more than 240,000 striking teachers were on Friday told to return to work or their salaries will be withheld.

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ICDE - A Guide to Quality in Online Learning

ICDE  -  A Guide to Quality in Online Learning | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it
This newly published guide from Academic Partnerships is edited by former President and CEO of the Commonwealth of Learning and former ICDE President, Sir John

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A very useful resource, thanks for sharing!

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How online education can create a 'global classroom'

How online education can create a 'global classroom' | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Around the world, and in developing nations especially, there is an overwhelming demand for higher education.

Despite worldwide increases in tertiary enrolment numbers, there still remains disparity between those with access to quality education and those without.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, for example, only 6% of college-age students are enrolled in higher education.

 

Read more at: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/06/21/business/opinion-koller-education-petersburg-forum/?hpt=hp_c5

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Google Handed Over Emails of Wikileaks Volunteers to U.S. Government

Google Handed Over Emails of Wikileaks Volunteers to U.S. Government | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Google handed over a vast amount of data pertaining to the Gmail accounts of two former Wikileaks volunteers to the U.S. government.

The targets of the court orders are Smari McCarthy and Herbert Snorrason, both from Iceland. McCarthy is an Internet activist and computer programmer who worked for Wikileaks until 2010. Snorrason helped manage the whistleblowing's website chatroom for two months in 2010.

 

Read more at: http://mashable.com/2013/06/22/google-wikileaks/

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Women empowerment in ICT: A step towards development

Women empowerment in ICT: A step towards development | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) provides enormous opportunities and avenues for national development. Women in particular are not supposed to use ICT for marketing and advertising alone, but to use the technology for information gathering and sharing of knowledge. There is, therefore, the need for the country to adequately train women in the use of ICT.


See more at: http://www.ghanabusinessnews.com/2013/07/15/women-empowerment-in-ict-a-step-towards-development/

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Ebooks from the Independent Evaluation Department at the Asian Development Bank

Ebooks from the Independent Evaluation Department at the Asian Development Bank | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Download and read syntheses of key lessons drawn from evaluation and completion reports on your mobile readers. The Independent Evaluation Department has converted 20 of its information briefs into ebooks that you can load on your tablets or smartphones. Titles include: Evaluation Lessons of a Global Financial Crisis for Asia and ADB; Sharpening the Operational Focus on Inclusive Growth; Improving Project Success through Effective Communication and Participation; Improving Road Safety in Asia and the Pacific. 

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IC4D 2012: Maximizing Mobile

IC4D 2012: Maximizing Mobile | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

This report analyzes the growth and evolution of applications for mobile phones, focusing on their use in agriculture, health and financial services, as well as their impact on employment and government. It also explores the consequences for development of the emerging “app economy”, summarizing current thinking and seeking to inform the debate on the use of mobile phones for development. It’s no longer about the phone itself, but about how it is used, and the content and applications that mobile phones open.


Read more at: http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/TOPICS/EXTINFORMATIONANDCOMMUNICATIONANDTECHNOLOGIES/0,,contentMDK:23190786~pagePK:210058~piPK:210062~theSitePK:282823,00.html

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WSIS Knowledge Communities: Building inclusive societies for persons with disabilities

WSIS Knowledge Communities: Building inclusive societies for persons with disabilities | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

The “Building inclusive societies for persons with disabilities” community provides a unique opportunity for strategic debate and action oriented partnerships among various stakeholders such as persons with disabilities, practitioners, decision and policy makers, researchers, civil society, industry and UN system organizations as well as any individual who is interested in building inclusive education systems and knowledge societies for persons with disabilities.

 Read more at: http://www.wsis-community.org/pg/groups/584509/building-inclusive-societies-for-persons-with-disabilities/
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Studying a Masters in Teaching online

Studying a Masters in Teaching online | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Getting a Masters in teaching is an excellent way to qualify for a teaching career, obtain the best jobs and get promotion.This page provides details of online masters teaching programs, where they can be found, what the career and salary prospects are, and more ...

 

Read more at: http://onlineanddistancelearning.com/masters-teaching-programs


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A teaching adventure

A teaching adventure | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

THE first thing that drew university student Lu Song towards a volunteer position near Nairobi, Kenya was the opportunity to put the experience on his applications for postgraduate study in the United States (US). The second was the chance to spend an adventurous summer abroad.

But the 18-year-old did not count on a third factor that would only become apparent after he had begun working at a school in one of Africa’s largest slums — the desire to help.

Lu, a first-year undergraduate at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, found the experience so rewarding that he now recruits other students as volunteers, and is raising money for the school he worked at.

  Read more at: http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Education/2013/07/14/A-teaching-adventure.aspx
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Study an Elementary Education Degree Online for a satisfying career

Study an Elementary Education Degree Online for a satisfying career | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

This page provides information on elementary education online degrees, what is studied in them, where you can study them, the prospects, and more ...

 

Read more at: http://onlineanddistancelearning.com/elementary-education-online-degrees


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Namibia seeks partners in rural schools ICT programme

Namibia seeks partners in rural schools ICT programme | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

The Namibian government aims to embark on a programme to take ICTs to isolated rural schools, and is seeking investment partners to support the plan.

This emerged at the Namibian Investment Seminar staged for potential investors at Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg, South Africa, yesterday.

 Read more at: http://www.biztechafrica.com/article/namibia-seeks-partners-rural-schools-ict-programme/6368/?section=development

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18 Things To Know About Education In Chile

18 Things To Know About Education In Chile | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

We have lots of Edudemic readers from Chile so we thought this would be quite useful: a look at education in Chile.

 

The post 18 Things To Know About Education In Chile appeared first on Edudemic: http://www.edudemic.com/2013/06/18-things-to-know-about-education-in-chile/

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The Importance of Open Source Software and OER

The Importance of Open Source Software and OER | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Find out more about open source software and open educational resources (OER), so that you can use them in your teaching and learning.

 

Read more at: http://onlineanddistancelearning.com/open-source

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Now the Government Knows You're a Dog

Now the Government Knows You're a Dog | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it
"On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog." In this Sunday comic, we see how that adage has changed due to recent events.
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Find Out More About Online Learning

Find Out More About Online Learning | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Online learning is a convenient mode of study for many people, especially those who are working and do not wish to take time off work to attend campus for their studies.

Find out more about online learning or elearning - using audio and video-conferencing, email, chat, and completing an online degree or certificate by distance.

 

Read more at: http://onlineanddistancelearning.com/about-online-learning

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