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Connecting African universities to the world

Connecting African universities to the world | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

The impact of the growth of fibre-optic infrastructure for universities in Africa that UbuntuNet catalyzed cannot be overstated, Song says. “It means you can be a world-class researcher and remain at an African university, and that really changes the state of play for African universities.”
Today, the majority of academics in southern and eastern Africa are moving toward enjoying the same Internet access as colleagues on other continents. They connect with the world through UbuntuNet routers in London and Amsterdam. A regional network will soon be completed that allows African universities to communicate directly with each other without being routed through Europe. -


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Policy guidelines for the development and promotion of open access

Policy guidelines for the development and promotion of open access | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

UNESCO issued this publication to demystify the concept of Open Access (OA) and to provide concrete steps on putting relevant policies in place. Building capacities in Member States for Open Access is a necessary but not sufficient condition for promotion of the concept. Creating an enabling policy environment for OA is therefore a priority.

This publication will serve the needs of OA policy development at the government, institutional and funding agency level. The overall objective of thePolicy Guidelines is to promote Open Access in Member States by facilitating understanding of all relevant issues related to Open Access. 

The guidelines are not prescriptive in nature, but are suggestive to facilitate knowledge-based decision-making to adopt OA policies and strengthen national research systems.

 

More details at: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/resources/publications-and-communication-materials/publications/full-list/policy-guidelines-for-the-development-and-promotion-of-open-access/

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Kenyan Boy's Invention Scares Off Lions

Kenyan Boy's Invention Scares Off Lions | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Lions are a constant threat to farmers around Nairobi National Park in Kenya. Cattle were their preferred late-night snack. Turere, 11 years old at the time, was charged with protecting his family’s cows, sheep and goats. He noticed that the lions stayed away when he moved around at night with a flashlight, CNN’s Teo Kermeliotis reported.

A few weeks later Turere came up with a low-cost solution that came to be known as “Lion Lights.” He attached LEDs to poles around the animals’ area and faced them outward. Turere programmed the lights to flicker intermittently, resembling a human with a flashlight. He hooked them to a switch box and powered them with a solar panel and an old car battery.

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Crowdsourcing ideas to co-create a smarter future

Crowdsourcing ideas to co-create a smarter future | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

In preparation for the February 28 ICT Solutions Day, the World Bank ICT team is piloting a crowdsourcing initiative to develop innovative ICT-enabled solutions for client countries. Thanks to innovations in information and communication technologies (ICT), individuals around the world can now be active participants in the value creation process, and co-creators of smarter solutions to a range of development challenges. Co-creation means developing a product or service guided by the feedback received from a community, including end-users.

 

More details at: http://blogs.worldbank.org/ic4d/crowdsourcing-ideas-to-co-create-a-smarter-future

 

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Africa is most dynamic e-learning market on the planet - University World News

Africa is most dynamic e-learning market on the planet - University World News | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

As a result of a sharp rise in academic digitisation programmes, booming enrolment in online higher education and the rapid adoption of self-paced e-learning, Africa has become the most dynamic e-learning market in the world – with Senegal in first place followed by Zambia, Zimbabwe and Kenya.


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Mobile on the move - Mobile learning publication

Mobile on the move - Mobile learning publication | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it
A showcase of IICD's mobile projects in economic development, education and health in Africa and Latin America and some of the lessons learned.

Mobile phone usage is exploding in developing countries. Africa alone had more than 500 million mobile telephone subscribers in 2011. Mobile learning or ‘m-learning’ services therefore play a growing role in IICD’s education, health and economic development programmes. This publication shows some examples of the projects with a mobile component that IICD supports.

 More details at: http://www.iicd.org/about/publications/mobile-on-the-move-mobile-learning-publication/
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World Radio Day Reflections - affordable ICTs solutions make radio more relevant

World Radio Day Reflections - affordable ICTs solutions make radio more relevant | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

The just concluded Word Radio Day saw KenTel undertake a series of trainings on practical interventions for radio mainly looking at selected Free Open Source Software’s and Social Media.
Here is a recap of the presentations; since many of the community radios or community centres/telecentres do not enjoy the benefits of broadband internet connectivity we narrowed down to options that would need limited or no access to internet to implement. KenTel is happy to note that its capacity to train and moderate sessions on Social Media was developed by The Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA), through the various new media trainings that CTA has been undertaking in various countries across the ACP countries. We also wish to acknowledge the training from UNITAR.

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Assumptions about Autism are Detrimental to All Involved

Assumptions about Autism are Detrimental to All Involved | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

By Danica C. (originally posted at My Corner of the Pond)

Something that has been bothering me for a while is someone who visited my family a while back & spent maybe an hour or two. This person told another friend my daughter was not on spectrum. Now this person has never up till that day spent time with my daughter. As far as I know she knows nothing of kids on the high end of the spectrum. Every individual with Autism is unique. No two diagnoses are the same. Just like each person has a different personality, each person has a different level of Autism. Yet she is an expert & is now telling others that I am making up my daughters autism?

 
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ict4D: the complex mLearning challenges for specific ethnic groups

ict4D: the complex mLearning challenges for specific ethnic groups | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Leslie Dodson from the University of Colorado on "The mobile utitly gap and literacy challenges in oral-language communities: sms use by Berber women".
These are my live blognotes coming from UNESCO's mobile learning week enriched with tweets from Ronda (@glam_mobileleo).
Leslie used an epigraphic research approach and working in the field for 8 to 9 months.
For those interested in the number of challenges that can be encountered when diving into a mLearning project with very specific target learners... this is it!

 

Read more at: http://ignatiawebs.blogspot.com/2013/02/ict4d-complex-mlearning-challenges-for.html

 

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Internet users in Kenya now at 17.38 million

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Kenya's information and communications sector appears to be on course according to the latest Julisha survey phase two findings.
The report, conducted by International Data Corporation indicates that Internet usage rose from 10.99 million to 17.38 million users for the period between 2010 and 2011. The report however recommends that skills development in the fast growing sector is still wanting and recommends more training and generation of content by application developers. NTV's Aby Agina has the latest from the tech end.

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Cell phones can speed up malaria treatment in remote areas - SciDev.Net

Cell phones can speed up malaria treatment in remote areas - SciDev.Net | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it
Mobile phones can help improve malaria detection and treatment in remote rural areas, according to research carried out in Bangladesh.

Although people could report suspected malaria to field workers when they visited local communities, a slightly greater number of suspected cases were reported using mobile phones, leading the researchers to conclude that the use of mobiles had helped to increase the number of potential cases tested and treated.

 

Read more at: http://m.scidev.net/en/new-technologies/icts/news/cell-phones-can-speed-up-malaria-treatment-in-remote-areas.html

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Saving the world through social media? How development is going digital

Saving the world through social media? How development is going digital | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it
Maeve Shearlaw: From tracking World Bank projects to Twitter conversations with Rwanda's health minister, technology is driving innovation

Social media and mobile technologies offer a wide range of benefits for people working in development: a potentially cheap and efficient way to link citizens with their governments, the chance to monitor real-time progress on projects, and the ability to connect people from remote parts of the world to share experiences and teach best practice.
It is no surprise that there's an endless stream of development projects trying to tap into these technologies. In many cases it's still too early to tell what difference these efforts will make, but here are five that caught our eye.

 

Read more at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2013/jan/04/saving-world-social-media-development-digital

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Boosting mobile learning potential for women and girls in Africa: lingering considerations

Boosting mobile learning potential for women and girls in Africa: lingering considerations | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

During the past five years at least five major mobile learning initiatives have been implemented in Africa that sought to directly benefit women and girls, or which included women and girls and provided some evidence of benefits to them. The Jokko Initiative (Senegal), Project ABC (Niger), the Somali Youth Livelihoods Project (Somalia), Nokia Life Tools (Nigeria), and M4Girls (South Africa) are interventions that used mobile devices to teach literacy, numeracy, maths, and/or employability skills and provide learning opportunities for people (often primarily of the female gender) who may not otherwise receive this instruction. While the potential for women and girls in Africa to leverage mobile phones for educational purposes has been demonstrated in these cases, there remain challenges to making these opportunities sustainable.

 

Details at: http://www.elearning-africa.com/eLA_Newsportal/boosting-mobile-learning-potential-for-women-and-girls-in-africa-lingering-considerations/

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Start Your Teaching Career with an Online Early Childhood Degree

Start Your Teaching Career with an Online Early Childhood Degree | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it
This site provides information about online early childhood degrees, what is studied in the programs, where you can study them, and more ...

The early childhood education curriculum track includes courses in child psychology, parenting, and early childhood instruction and learning strategies.

 

Read more at:  http://onlineanddistancelearning.com/online-early-childhood-degrees

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Broadband access can help bridge educational divides, empower students

Broadband access can help bridge educational divides, empower students | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Broadband connectivity has the potential to transform education by giving teachers and students access to learning resources and technologies that will allow them to improve their skills in the context of a globalized economy, according to a United Nations report released today.

The report, Technology, Broadband and Education: Advancing the Education for All Agenda, argues that access to high-speed technologies over fixed and mobile platforms can help students acquire the digital skills required to participate in the global economy and contribute to ensure their employability once they finish their studies.

 

Read more at: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=44220

 
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Lack of broadband is one of the factors that must be considered when researching the impact of OER on access, widening participation and educational inclusion. Useful background information here.

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Enhance Your Career with a Masters in Teaching

Enhance Your Career with a Masters in Teaching | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it
This page provides details of online masters teaching programs, where they can be found, what the career and salary prospects are, and more ...

If you already have a bachelor's degree in another field, you can take a masters teaching program that satisfies licensing requirements.  In this way you obtain your teaching license and also enhance your career prospects by having the higher degree.


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

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The Role of Crowdsourcing for Better Governance in Fragile State Contexts

This paper is meant to serve as a primer on crowdsourcing as an informational resource for development, crisis response, and post-conflict recovery, with a specific focus on governance in fragile states. Inherent in the theoretical approach is that broader, unencumbered participation in governance is an objectively positive and democratic aim, and that governments’ accountability to its citizens can be increased and poor-performance corrected, through openness and empowerment of citizens. 
Read more at: http://www.scribd.com/doc/75642401/The-Role-of-Crowdsourcing-for-Better-Governance-in-Fragile-State-Contexts ;

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Educational Leadership Administration Doctorate

Educational Leadership Administration Doctorate | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it
Find educational leadership administration doctorate programs. This page provides information on what is studied and where you can study such programs online.

These PhD programs (and variants such as an educational management and administration PhD programs) are designed to enhance your expertise and career potential in school and college administration. 


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MPrep: Making education mobile for the world

MPrep: Making education mobile for the world | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Though Kenya has emerged as a regional powerhouse for mobile innovation, many of its future visionaries remain burdened by the structural challenges—overcrowding, underfunding, and lack of access—facing the 9 million Kenyan children in primary school.

The problem is especially daunting in rural areas, where more than two out of three current students will fail their classes, including 80 percent of girls.

In response, MPrep founder Toni Maraviglia designed the app to make it possible for teachers to deliver quality, one-on-one attention to students, and to monitor their performance in detail, even remotely—all just a text message away in a country with widespread mobile access.

 

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How to Learn Online and Succeed at College

How to Learn Online and Succeed at College | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it
How to learn online? Find out how online learning is different to classroom learning, and how you can learn more effectively.
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How ICT tools are improving efficiency of agricultural development

How ICT tools are improving efficiency of agricultural development | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it
Data collection and monitoring and evaluation through mobile apps is fast taking over traditional methods of collecting and using information – and the results are impressive

In a recent global discussion organised by the World Bank and e-Agriculture, experts from various fields and organisations around the world shared their experiences and discussed the ways in which they were using ICT – mobilephones, tablets, applications and software – to collect data in the field, and to perform M&E in development projects, while also working closely with rural communities and taking their feedback. The discussion has been summarised in a policy brief and outlines the benefits of using ICT for data collection. Several examples of theapps were also showcased in the discussion, among those:

 Read more at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development-professionals-network/2013/jan/24/data-collection-evaluation-technology-agriculture
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About Online Learning: A Resource for Teachers and Students

About Online Learning: A Resource for Teachers and Students | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it
Find out more about online learning or elearning - using audio and video-conferencing, email, chat, and completing an online degree or certificate by distance.

Teachers can find out more about how ICT is changing classroom education and the social media tools that are facilitating so many of the changes.  Students can find tips for learning online, and obtain help in finding a suitable distance learning online program or a school that offers the program they want.

 

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

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February 18, 2013: Teaching and Learning Weekly is out

February 18, 2013: Teaching and Learning Weekly is out | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Teaching and Learning Weekly, by Adam Atodl: A free online newspaper containing a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos about development sin teaching and learning.  Of interest to both students and teachers.

 

Read and subscribe free at:  http://paper.li/f-1328546324


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OER Web Sites

OER Web Sites | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it
Find out more about the content available on OER websites.

Any list of web sites is bound to be out of date as soon as it is published. However, for people just starting to explore OER, here is one list of important websites, adapted from a published list courtesy of the author and publisher ...

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Rural Kenya not enjoying phone boom

Rural Kenya not enjoying phone boom | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it
The majority of people in rural Kenya have been left behind by the flourishing mobile phone industry, which has enhanced faster transaction of business through mobile money and communication, new data shows.

 

Read more at: http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/news/Rural-Kenya-not-enjoying-phone-boom/-/2558/1696156/-/hgubjoz/-/index.html

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