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The promise of open, distance and e-learning

The promise of open, distance and e-learning | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

In the context of post-secondary school education on the African continent, it is clear that current institutions cannot, and for the foreseeable future will not be able to, sufficiently address the legitimate need to increase access to higher education.

In Africa there is a crucial need not only to increase access with success, but also to increase access to diverse opportunities across the post-secondary school sector.

 
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The internet is actually controlled by 14 people who hold 7 secret keys

The internet is actually controlled by 14 people who hold 7 secret keys | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it
This sounds like something out of a Dan Brown book but it isn't: The whole internet is controlled by seven actual, physical keys. The Guardian's James Ball
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Education Committee Calls For Cabinet Secretary's Resignation.

Some members of the national assembly's education committee are now demanding the resignation of education Cabinet Secretary Professor Jacob Kaimenyi over his alleged mishandling of the controversial laptops for schools tender which was cancelled by the public procurement appeals review board, Tuesday. The committee is accusing Kaimenyi of authorizing the cancelled tendering process, after the appeals board found the tender award to indian firm olive technologies questionable.

  
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SatLink chosen as global TV distribution partner for Ethiopian TV agency

SatLink chosen as global TV distribution partner for Ethiopian TV agency | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

SatLink Communications Ltd., a leading teleport, Content Management & HD Playout Centre, has announced that SatLink has been selected by the Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency (ERTA) for the global distribution of its ETV news channel. The Ethiopian Government owned television channel, whose broadcasts include news, entertainment, music and sports content, will extend its audience reach across Africa, North America, Europe and the Middle East over SatLink’s Global Satellite and Fibre Network.

SatLink will broadcast ETV, whose aim is to broadcast informative, educating and timely information of the development of Ethiopia utilising state-of the-art technology, to the African market utilising SatLink's capacity on AMOS -5 C-band to allow them to effectively distribute their content easily to Africa’s multi-channel platforms. As ETV’s partner, SatLink worked closely with the broadcaster in order to help design the uplink capabilities for the channel from ETV’s facilities in Ethiopia on to Amos 5 and ensure the network of satellite’s chosen specifically met the broadcasters needs and achieve the international reach that was required.

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40 Worst Book Covers and Titles Ever | Bored Panda

40 Worst Book Covers and Titles Ever | Bored Panda | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Some really funny book covers - both intentional and unintentional :-)

40 Worst Book Covers and Titles Ever | Bored Panda.

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Tranformative Use of iPads in the Education: Pedagogy, Examples, Activities


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Wifi virus latest threat to future IT security

Wifi virus latest threat to future IT security | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Researchers at the University of Liverpool have shown for the first time that WiFi networks can be infected with a virus that can move through densely populated areas as efficiently as the common cold spreads between humans.

 
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Offshore wind farms could tame hurricanes before they reach land, study says

Offshore wind farms could tame hurricanes before they reach land, study says | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

For the past 24 years, Mark Z. Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford, has been developing a complex computer model to study air pollution, energy, weather and climate. A recent application of the model has been to simulate the development of hurricanes. Another has been to determine how much energy wind turbines can extract from global wind currents.

 
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Museveni signs Uganda anti-gay bill

Museveni signs Uganda anti-gay bill | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it
Uganda's President Museveni signs a controversial anti-gay bill, abandoning a pledge to delay the legislation pending scientific advice.

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It's Bobsled Time! Jamaican Team Gets Its Own Theme Song

It's Bobsled Time! Jamaican Team Gets Its Own Theme Song | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

After a 12-year absence from the Winter Olympic games, the Jamaican bobsled team is making a catchy comeback. According to the Jamaican Tourist Board, this groovy reggae tune, titled “The Bobsled Song,” syncs perfectly with the Olympic bobsled track’s twists and turns.

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Microsoft is mapping shanty towns in Brazil, in a first step to getting them online

Microsoft is mapping shanty towns in Brazil, in a first step to getting them online | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it
thenextweb.com - Microsoft has started a project to map shanty towns in Brazil, known as favelas, as it seeks to “reduce the digital divide across th
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Developing the Kenya National OER Policy for achieving Education for All

Developing the Kenya National OER Policy for achieving Education for All | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

UNESCO and the Kenya Ministry of Education organized a Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya, to formulate the draft Policy on Open Educational Resources for achieving high-quality Education for All. Over 35 delegates attended the two-day Workshop on 28 and 29 January 2014 to listen to presentations and exchange views on OER, the applicability of existing intellectual property laws in Kenya, and the positioning of OERs within existing policies for ICT in Education, and the National ICT Master Plan.  


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Watson, IBM’s super computer, is now putting its problem-solving skills to work in Africa

Watson, IBM’s super computer, is now putting its problem-solving skills to work in Africa | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

IBM announced today that it is bringing its super computing platform Watson to Africa, where it will help researchers develop commercially-viable solutions in key areas such as healthcare, education, water and sanitation, human mobility and agriculture.

The ten-year initiative, dubbed “Project Lucy” after the earliest known human ancestor, will see IBM invest $100 million to give scientists and partners access to Watson’s advanced computing technologies. It is hoped that they can apply knowledge gleaned from big data to help solve the continent’s most pressing challenges and create new business opportunities.

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The Spirit Level authors: why society is more unequal than ever

The Spirit Level authors: why society is more unequal than ever | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

A lot has happened in the five years since we published our book, The Spirit Level. New Labour were still perhaps too relaxed about people becoming “filthy rich”. And there was an assumption that inequality mattered only if it increased poverty, and that for most people “real” poverty was a thing of the past.

 
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The World Wide Web at 25: how Africa connects

The World Wide Web at 25: how Africa connects | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it
Today marks 25 years exactly since Tim Berners-Lee first proposed the concept of the World Wide Web. To celebrate the News Team has put together this infographic

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Financing the university in a post-2015 world - University World News

Financing the university in a post-2015 world - University World News | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Universities have a vital role to play in reducing socio-economic inequalities post-2015, but the financial crisis has brought a number of constraints on government financing, higher education programming and the overall growth and competitiveness of countries.

 

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Online university courses can't change the world alone - opinion - 10 March 2014 - New Scientist

Online university courses can't change the world alone - opinion - 10 March 2014 - New Scientist | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it
They promise equality of access to higher learning, but online courses will only succeed with better general education in place first, say two

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Inspiring Change - Professor Asha Kanwar

Inspiring Change - Professor Asha Kanwar | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

VANCOUVER – In her message for International Women’s Day (IWD, 8 March 2014), Professor Asha Kanwar, President and C.E.O. of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), notes that, “Women in Commonwealth countries face three broad challenges: poverty, disempowerment and poor health.”

 

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Top 60 WordPress Plugins of 2014

Top 60 WordPress Plugins of 2014 | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it
Top 60 Wordpress Plugins. Wordpress powers over 150 million blogs online. Power-up the engine with these cool plugins, tools, and features.
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Some very useful plugins in this list :-)

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A Curated Collection of The Best Search Engines Organized Around Your Needs

A Curated Collection of The Best Search Engines Organized Around Your Needs | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

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Steve Whitmore's curator insight, June 17, 7:59 AM

Good reference list. I didn't realize there were so many search engines.

Pushpa Kunasegaran's curator insight, June 19, 7:58 PM

This is an excellent resource!

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, August 14, 5:22 PM

For more resources on Social Media & Content Curation visit http://bit.ly/1640Tbl

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ICT, Youth and Agriculture

ICT, Youth and Agriculture | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Attracting the youth into Agriculture: ICTs and value chain development are changing the perspective of farming in Africa and Latin America. From a back breaking, hardly remunerative, labour consuming task to a much more profitable and solid source of income.

This video illustrates a youth’s ICT-enabled journey into profitable farming, based on the publication ICT4D Effects: Youth, ICTs and Agriculture.

 

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Obsession With Quantity Is Kenya's Main Undoing

Obsession With Quantity Is Kenya's Main Undoing | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

The Economist has a short article on Kenya's Free Primary Education programme this week, pointing out two crucial, ...umm, challenges (back in my development consulting days, I was told that there were no problems, just 'challenges') that it's not free, and that it's also not very educational.


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UNESCO Mobile Learning Week: Global Initiatives Abound

UNESCO Mobile Learning Week: Global Initiatives Abound | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it
I spent the last two days attending the UNESCO Mobile Learning Week (UMLW). It has been a while since I have seen so many black and pin striped suits in one gathering. The rare academic in attendance was often ...

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How Can Your Learners Help You Build Better E-Learning?

How Can Your Learners Help You Build Better E-Learning? | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it
Connect with the end user of your elearning course. Get their perspective and feedback and you’ll build more meaningful elearning courses.

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Bursaries available for 2014 Commonwealth Summer School

Bursaries available for 2014 Commonwealth Summer School | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

The fourth annual Commonwealth Summer School will be hosted between the 17-24 August 2014 at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, Semenyih. The School provides a forum to bring together high-quality students from every corner of the Commonwealth to discuss interdisciplinary issues of global importance. This year's programme is themed Global food security; can we feed a growing world?

The Association of Commonwealth Universities is offering a limited number of bursaries for students from member universities only: full bursaries (including return economy air travel to Kuala Lumpur, registration fees, accommodation and most meals); and partial bursaries (which may be used towards registration fees or travel). Bursaries, in either case, cannot be used to cover the cost of visas, vaccinations or transfer costs to and from airports. 
More details of the programme, eligibility and how to apply can be found here:www.acu.ac.uk/summer-school

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