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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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Studying a Masters Teaching Program

Studying a Masters Teaching Program | 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:  http://onlineanddistancelearning.com/masters-teaching-programs

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Introducing Microsoft's 4Afrika Initiative

The Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative is a new effort through which the company will actively engage in Africa's economic development to improve its global competitiveness.


More details at:  http://microsoft4afrika.com/english

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OER Challenges

OER Challenges | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Access to the Internet is spreading and so more people are able to access online education.  But a major problem has been the access to affordable content. The OER movement seeks to address this issue by making content free to use and adapt by anyone. So what are the problems?

Find out about OER challenges of quality, modularity, stability, persuading subject matter experts to cooperate, and more ...

 

More details at: http://onlineanddistancelearning.com/oer-challenges

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Social Network LinkedIn has 200 milion members – infographic

Social Network LinkedIn has 200 milion members – infographic | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

LinkedIn Corporation is a social networking website for people in professional occupations. Founded in December 2002 and launched on May 5, 2003, it is mainly used for professional networking. As of January 2013, LinkedIn reports more than 200 million registered users in more than 200 countries and territories.

 

More details: http://hosting.ber-art.nl/social-network-linkedin-200-miljoen-members-infographic/

 

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Open Source

Open Source | 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.

 

OSS and OER both share the same benefits:

- Low or no cost to users, as products are generally free to access and download;

- Shorter development cycle due to the collaborative, parallel efforts of developers;

- Adaptability to suit own conditions.

 

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

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The $10 computer for education?

The $10 computer for education? | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

One of the first ever posts on the World Bank EduTech blog was about a purported US$10 computer for education in India. While the hype around that effort has considerably cooled, efforts to provide a $10 educational computer have not gone totally cold. PlayPower is exploring such a device -- and you may be surprised at how they are going about it.
As Derek Lomas explains in the accompanying video, one of the ways that PlayPower is able to cut costs is to utilize a technology available even in some of the poorest communities in developing countries -- a television.

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Developing a Campus Mobile Strategy: Guidelines, Tools, and Best Practices

Developing a Campus Mobile Strategy: Guidelines, Tools, and Best Practices | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

This guide from the ACTI Mobile Web Frameworks Working Group helps walk you through the steps of: Making the Case for Mobility, Thinking Through a Mobility Strategy, Developing Institutional Mobility Goals, and Developing Your Campus Mobile Initiative. The guide also includes a number of appendices that provide rich resources to help you better understand the best mobility strategy for your institution. Finally, a Mobile Framework Evaluation Worksheet is included as an appendix, as well as in Excel format online.

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Mobile Apps for Health, Jobs and Poverty Data

Mobile Apps for Health, Jobs and Poverty Data | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

If open data is the key to unlocking knowledge and information, then our free, new mobile apps knocks down the door.

The DataFinder apps for iOS and Android use an intuitive interface to present the Bank’s open data for you to explore, analyze and share directly from your smartphone or tablet. The first DataFinder app featured a general selection of data from the World Development Indicators, and today we have new apps focusing on Jobs, Health and Poverty Data. With these apps, you don’t need to be a statistician to navigate charts and maps of development data.
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International Journal of Education and Development using ICT:  Journal Statistics

International Journal of Education and Development using ICT:  Journal Statistics | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

IJEDICT is a free, open access, online, peer-reviewed international journal.  It aims to strengthen links between research and practice in ICT in education and development in hitherto less developed parts of the world, e.g., developing economies (especially small states), and rural and remote regions of developed economies.

Now in its 8th year of publication, here are the titles, authors, publication dates and statistics for the top five most downloaded articles:

 

1. "The role of ICTs in the economic development of Africa: The case of South Africa", Langmia, 2006/11/26 - downloads = 43,209

2. "New technologies for teaching and learning: Challenges for higher learning institutions", Sife Lwoga Sanga, 2007/06/13 - downloads = 42,493

3. "Analysis of the uses of information communication technology (ICT) for gender empowerment", Obayelu Ogunlade, 2006/08/10 - downloads = 37,430

4. "Educational Development in Kenya and the Role of Information and Communication Technology", Kinuthia, 2009/04/01 - downloads = 35,923

5. "The usage of ICT for secondary education in Mongolia", Sambuu, 2006/01/08 - downloads = 34,628

 

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More details and links to articles at:  http://ijedict.dec.uwi.edu/statistics.php?op=top_articles

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Learning Without Frontiers Summit Cancelled

Learning Without Frontiers Summit Cancelled | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

It is with sincere regret that we must inform our community that the Learning Without Frontiers Summit in London will not now take place this June.

You don’t need us to remind you of the current challenges facing the economy in general, and education in particular. But sadly, due to this unusually difficult economic environment we have been unable to secure sufficient commercial sponsorship support for LWF London early enough to be certain that we could run a superb event to the exacting standard we expect. We have spent eight years gaining the trust of this community and, in simple terms, we do it right, or not at all.

 

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Great shame  it had to be cancelled :-(

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43 Breathtaking Photos You'll Never Forget

43 Breathtaking Photos You'll Never Forget | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it
The Sony World Photography Awards have released a shortlist of 44 submissions from 170 countries.
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What are the Top 10 Technology Challenges in International Development?

What are the Top 10 Technology Challenges in International Development? | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Mobile device technology is changing the social and economic landscape across the developing world. Mobile phones are powering revolutions in banking, in education, in healthcare, in the very way we relate to each other. Tablets and laptops will unleash their own disruptions as they propagate beyond the city center, following the mobile phone into everyone’s lives.

But before we are blinded by the hype, we need to ground ourselves in reality. There is still a digital divide in technology infrastructure. Not everyone has access to mobile phones, even less to tablets, and fewer to computers and the Internet. Also, the technologies we use today work well, but they could be so much better!

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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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New versus old media: how best to get information to smallholder farmers

New versus old media: how best to get information to smallholder farmers | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

For smallholders in developing countries, information on weather, markets and agricultural techniques is key to improving productivity. But what is the best way of delivering that information? Here, three projects based on radio, mobile technology and social networking give an insight into what can work.

 

More details at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development-professionals-network/2013/feb/07/smallholder-farmers-radio-mobile-social-networking

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Open Access Library

Open Access Library | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Good news for Scholars! Open Access Library is working on a new scholar search engine for all scholars worldwide. Without any registration, Open Access Library allows you free access to a database of 125.546 openly accessible academicarticles. The ultimate goal of Open Access Library is to promote academic exchange and advancement.

 

For more information and details, please go to the website:http://www.oalib.net

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February 12, 2013: Online And Distance Learning Weekly is out

February 12, 2013: Online And Distance Learning Weekly is out | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Online And Distance Learning Weekly, by Natalie Stewart: A free online newspaper with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos about online and distance learning, for teachers and students.

 

Read and subscribe free at: http://paper.li/NattyStewart24/1325359513


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REPORT: Real-time Reactions to 2013 State of the Union Visualized

REPORT: Real-time Reactions to 2013 State of the Union Visualized | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Every year millions of Americans gather around to listen to the President's State of the Union speech, and the opposition response that directly follows it. The State of the Union is a catalyst that ignites a national conversation online about the issues facing America today. The 2013 #SOTU address and response drew over 1.36 million tweets from the time of the President's entrance to the conclusion of the Republican rebuttal (9:10 pm to 10:44 pm).

 

More details: http://dashburst.com/report/real-time-reactions-to-2013-state-of-the-union/

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Tacit knowledge in intercultural collaborations and the workplace: A survey

Tacit knowledge in intercultural collaborations and the workplace: A survey | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Professor Neil Anderson of James Cook University, Australia is currently leading a study that aims to increase the understanding of the processes involved in intercultural collaborations. In particular, the study focuses on the role of tacit (hidden) knowledge in international collaborative work. If you have been involved in intercultural collaborations, it would be greatly appreciated if you could complete the online survey at:

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6XD95XM

 

Your support in completing the survey will be greatly appreciated. It would also be appreciated if you could send this link to others in your area.

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Caribbean reefs are eroding

Caribbean reefs are eroding | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Many Caribbean coral reefs have either stopped growing or are on the threshold of starting to erode with potential impacts to people, according to research from The University of Queensland (UQ).
Coral reefs build their structures by both producing and accumulating calcium carbonate, and this is essential for the maintenance and continued vertical growth capacity of reefs.
UQ and the international research team has found that the amount of new carbonate being added by Caribbean coral reefs is now significantly below rates measured over recent geological timescales, and in some habitats is as much as 70 percent lower.


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Disaster warnings need to cut through Internet noise

Disaster warnings need to cut through Internet noise | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

The challenge with disaster warnings is to make the best possible decisions quickly using imperfect information. With lives and livelihoods at stake, there is much pressure to get it right. But one can't be timely and totally accurate at the same time. Timely decisions taken on the basis of the best available evidence require clear protocols within government. But often, turf wars and the lack of a clear demarcation of authority between different actors slow decision-making. Now, social media are making this delicate balance even harder. To remain effective in the always-connected and chattering global village, disaster managers have to rethink their strategies for engaging with people at risk. The proliferation of information and communication technologies (ICTs) adds a new dimension to disaster warnings. Having many information sources, dissemination channels and access devices is certainly better than few or none.

 
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Practice-Based What? Teaching mHealth to the Next Generation

The next generation of public health practitioners will benefit from the chance to learn about a field that is emerging as an important tool in public health programs. But it’s not just about learning how cool this topic is – it’s about learning how to help countries and programs integrate mobile technology in a smart, data-driven and informed way. One year ago, a few faculty members from BUSPH had a brilliant idea – why not teach a mHealth course for our public health students?

And so here we are. In just under two months, we (Marion McNabb MPH, Jonathan Payne MS, Dr. Chris Gill, and Dr. Jim Wolff) will teach the first mHealth course at BUSPH from March – May 2013. Students will work as consultants for organizations implementing mHealth projects in the field. The premise? We want to expose these bright professionals to what it really means to work in the field of mHealth - as much as any classroom can do this. We have four partner organizations for the course: Partners in Health-Mexico, Pathfinder International - Nigeria, Dimagi LLC, and PharmAccess - Namibia.

 

 

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Open Data: Learning from the Kenya Open Data Initiative (KODI)

Open Data: Learning from the Kenya Open Data Initiative (KODI) | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

This background paper provides an overview on the concept of open data and attempts to highlight the  crucial  role civil society organisations  can  play  in the larger open data ecosystem towards enhancing its effectiveness. The Kenya Open Data Initiative (KODI) is used as a case study.

 The paper can be dowloaded here: http://www.devinit.org/wp-content/uploads/Open-data-learnings-from-KODI.pdf ;

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The Outlook on the Global Agenda 2013

The Outlook on the Global Agenda 2013 | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

The Global Agenda Outlook 2013 is the flagship publication of the 1,500 global experts from the Global Agenda Councils, over 900 of whom met face-to-face during the Summit on the Global Agenda 2012 in Dubai. The content of the report is based directly on the most compelling debates within the Network, and is complemented by data from two extensive surveys taken from different communities across the Forum.

 Link:http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_GAC_GlobalAgendaOutlook_2013.pdf
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25 years of the information society in LAC 2000-2025

25 years of the information society in LAC 2000-2025 | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

25 years of the information society in Latin America & the Caribbean is an initiative to take stock of the information society agenda in the region and to analyse and debate options for the future. It includes a review of the evolution of the information society and a public consultation to examine new opportunities, challenges and policies for the future.

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