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You'll Cry Bittersweet Tears Over This 4-Year-Old's Bucket List [VIDEO]

You'll Cry Bittersweet Tears Over This 4-Year-Old's Bucket List [VIDEO] | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

In a video posted to YouTube, the group travels to Amboseli, Kenya — where safe drinking water is scarce — and introduces viewers to 4-year-old Nkaitole. According to WATERisLIFE, Nikaitole has a 1 in 5 chance of passing away before he turns five, due to unsafe drinking conditions.

Because of this harrowing statistic, the organization films the young boy checking off his bucket list, which includes flying in an airplane, receiving his first kiss and visiting the ocean.

The clip is both heart-breaking and awe-inspiring, and serves as a serious call to action for people who have the means to help the cause. Watch it above, and share your thoughts in the comments.

 

 

Read more at: http://mashable.com/2013/08/08/four-year-olds-bucket-list/

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Studying an Elementary Education Degree Online

Studying an Elementary Education Degree Online | 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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Privacy and Biometric ID Systems: An Approach Using Fair Information Practices for Developing Countries

Privacy and Biometric ID Systems: An Approach Using Fair Information Practices for Developing Countries | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

While defining privacy is challenging, Fair Information Practices offer familiar and generally accepted privacy principles used in many countries around the world.  The principles of Fair Information Practices can be implemented in a variety of ways to meet the needs of any given activity, culture, or nation.  Related factors that should be considered include security threats, the existence of identity theft, and the surveillance consequences of centralization of data from an identification system or from transaction records.

The paper suggests ways to use the elements of Fair Information Practices in a biometric identification system to achieve a balanced outcome that protects privacy to an adequate degree.  Using Privacy Impact Assessments to consider privacy consequences before making decisions can also assist in achieving a result that minimizes data processing activities that affect the privacy of individuals.

 Link:http://international.cgdev.org/sites/default/files/privacy-and-biometric-ID-systems_0.pdf

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OER (Open Educational Resources)

OER (Open Educational Resources) | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Find out more about Open Educational Resources (OER) - the digitized materials that are available for use and re-use in teaching, learning, and research ...

 

Read more at: http://onlineanddistancelearning.com/oer

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Ghana ICT for education plan on track

Ghana ICT for education plan on track | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

The Ghana government has provided 459 schools and institutions with fully furnished and equipped ICT laboratories and Internet access.

This is according to the Minister for Communications, Dr Edward Omane Boamah, says so far, 38 colleges of education, 37 national vocational training institutes, 26 technical institutes, 10 youth leadership training centres and 249 senior secondary schools have benefited from the government’s schools connectivity project.

  Read more at: http://www.biztechafrica.com/article/ghana-ict-education-plan-track/6597/
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infoDev launches mAgri challenge

infoDev launches mAgri challenge | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

infoDev’s Mobile Innovation program, in partnership with Sweden, is proud to announce the mAgri Challenge. Building upon previous World Bank challenges, five teams will be invited to a Mobile Startup Camp in November 2013 for a chance to refine their models and practice pitching their businesses to angel investors.

The World Bank and other organizations have gathered information on many agricultural mobile applications and produced detailed case studies on such apps in select countries.  Perhaps best known for providing market and extension information and increasing purchasing power of farmers, mobile agri apps can also improve agricultural supply chain integration, increase access to extension services, and facilitate global market linkages.

 Read more at: http://www.infodev.org/mAgri#
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A Must See Graphic on Creative Commons for Students

A Must See Graphic on Creative Commons for Students | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it
"Creative Commons is a non-profit that helps sharing and reuse of creativity and knowledge via free legal and technological tools . These tools are not alternatives to copyright laws, rather they work alongside them.

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Viral Sports Videos Give Kenyan Orphans Their Field of Dreams

Viral Sports Videos Give Kenyan Orphans Their Field of Dreams | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it
Two viral videos featuring Kenyan orpahns have successfully helped fund a new playing field and learning space for them in West Nairobi.

 

Read more at: http://mashable.com/2013/07/29/kenyan-orphans-sports-videos/

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Using multimedia approach in education

Using multimedia approach in education | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Roger Slack in his article ‘PEDACTICE - The Use of Multimedia in Schools’ which was published in September, 1999, comments that the growth of information and communication technology (ICT) in society is reflected in policies to encourage the use of ICT in education and the development of educational multimedia. As the role of educational multimedia increases, it is increasingly important to have an idea of the potential it affords for teaching and learning.

Multimedia, as per Pearson’s website, can be defined generically as any combination of two or more media such as sound, images, text, animation, and video. For educational technology purposes, multimedia refers to computer-based systems that use associative linkages to allow users to navigate and retrieve information stored in a combination of text, sounds, graphics, video, and other media. 

 

Read more at: http://www.ippmedia.com/frontend/index.php?l=57601

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Commonwealth of Learning - Pan-Commonwealth Forum

Commonwealth of Learning - Pan-Commonwealth Forum | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

COL’s Seventh Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning (PCF7) will be held in Abuja, Nigeria from 2 - 6 December 2013, in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Education and the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). The Forum will address "Open Learning for Development: Towards Empowerment and Transformation" through five themes: "Girls’ and Women’s Education", "Skills Development", "Promoting Open Educational Resources (OER)", "Innovation and Technology" and "Institutional Development".

 

PCF7 website: www.pcf7.net

 

Delegate registration: www.col.org/pcf7registrations

 

Early-bird registration discount is available until 30 September 2013.

 

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Singapore's hawkers celebrated in new book

Singapore's hawkers celebrated in new book | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Kneading and shaping dough is second nature to Madam Chua Chay Cheng. The 92-year-old hawker, after all, sold traditional Teochew snacks for more than 40 years.

 

After her husband, a cook, died in 1971, she became a hawker to support her eight children, who were between seven and 15 then.

Her story of resilience is celebrated by Mr Sinma DaShow, 39, in the last

 

chapter of his book, Not For Sale: Singapore's Remaining Heritage Street Food Vendors, which focuses on 10 women hawkers. The book's launch is part of this year's Singapore HeritageFest.

 

Partially funded by the National Heritage Board, the book, which includes black-and-white photographs, took 21/2 years to produce. Co-authored by Singapore-based photographer Jim Orca, 39, it is being sold for $88 on website


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This article shows how media is used to weave a national narrative. 

 

Medium: Books.

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This article shows how media is used to weave a national narrative. 

 

Medium: Books.

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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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Open Government in Developing Countries: Libya

Open Government in Developing Countries: Libya | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Open Government and its main ingredient Open Government Data is a revolution in politics, or the new derived version of politics known as “Politics 2.0”, given the fact that these technologies will undoubtedly change the way countries are driven by their leaders.

The effect of Open Government will be visible in both developing and developed countries. However, currently, there is only a limited number of government- driven Open Government Data initiatives in Africa and the Arab world. 

 

Read more at: http://zunia.org/post/open-government-in-developing-countries-libya

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The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is taught in Schools

The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is taught in Schools | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

A survey of teachers who instruct American middle and high school students finds that digital technologies are impacting student writing in myriad ways and there are significant advantages from tech-based learning.

Some 78% of the 2,462 advanced placement (AP) and National Writing Project (NWP) teachers surveyed by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project say digital tools such as the internet, social media, and cell phones “encourage student creativity and personal expression.” In addition:

•    96% agree digital technologies “allow students to share their work with a wider and more varied audience”
•    79% agree that these tools “encourage greater collaboration among students”

According to teachers, students’ exposure to a broader audience for their work and more feedback from peers encourages greater student investment in what they write and in the writing process as a whole.

 Read more at: http://zunia.org/post/the-impact-of-digital-tools-on-student-writing-and-how-writing-is-taught-in-schools
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Massive Online Courses Are Terrible for Students and Professors

Massive Online Courses Are Terrible for Students and Professors | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

The word mooc sounds a bit like slang from Goodfellas or the affectionate shortening of the already-affectionate name of a former outfielder for the New York Mets. In fact, a MOOC is a new kind of college-like experience that seems to possess the magical power to turn some of the smartest people in academia into followers of a faith-based cult because they want to become its idols.

MOOC stands for “massive open online course.” The term was coined by a group of Canadian academics in 2008 to represent a recently invented type of online class that depends upon small group interactions for most of the instruction. More recently, three instructors in the Stanford University computer science department appropriated that term to start two separate private education companies, Udacity and Coursera. Despite being free of charge, the MOOCs that these firms offer bear a more-than-passing resemblance to ordinary college classes—except they are delivered over the Internet to tens of thousands of people at once.

  Read more at: http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2013/07/moocs_could_be_disastrous_for_students_and_professors.html


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Obama Proposes New Transparency Measures for NSA Surveillance

Obama Proposes New Transparency Measures for NSA Surveillance | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

In response to an increasingly volatile national debate on government surveillance, President Barack Obama laid out a four-part plan to increase government transparency.

Before detailing the specifics, Obama criticized repeated leaks of top secret information for creating a debate that is "not always fully informed," but he acknowledged that the conversation about maintaining an appropriate balance between security and freedom is an important one.

SEE ALSO: 2 Encrypted Email Services Shut Down to Avoid NSA Snooping

"Given the history of abuse by governments, it is right to ask questions about surveillance, particularly as technology is reshaping every aspect of our lives," Obama said at a White House press conference on Friday afternoon.

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Experience other cultures with a Certificate in TESOL

Experience other cultures with a Certificate in TESOL | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it
With a certificate in TESOL you can travel and experience other cultures, whilst having a rewarding teaching career. On this page you'll find out more about TESOL online certificates and where you can take them.
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1984 Day Sees 'Restore the Fourth' Protests Across the Country

1984 Day Sees 'Restore the Fourth' Protests Across the Country | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Sunday was "1984 Day" across the United States, a day of protest against the recently disclosed NSA snooping programs. The name is a play on the date 8/4 and a nod to George Orwell's famous book on a surveillance state.

"Restore the Fourth", an activism organization born on Reddit, chose the day to call for protests against the NSA in 20 cities across the country. The goal of the organization is to end what its members see as the NSA's unconstitutional surveillance regime and to ensure the enforcement of the Fourth Amendment and its protection against unreasonable searches and seizures.

 

 

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Mass Media and Public Policy: Global Evidence from Agricultural Policies

Mass Media and Public Policy: Global Evidence from Agricultural Policies | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Mass media play a crucial role in information distribution and in the political market and public policy making. Theory predicts that information provided by the mass media reflects the media's incentives to provide news to different groups in society and affects these groups' influence in policy making. The paper use data on agricultural policy from 69 countries spanning a wide range of development stages and media markets to test these predictions. The empirical results are consistent with theoretical hypotheses that public support for agriculture is affected by the mass media.

 Read more and download the paper at: http://zunia.org/post/mass-media-and-public-policy-global-evidence-from-agricultural-policies
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Water and Development

Did you know that 3,5 Million people die every year due to the lack of clean drinking water and proper water treatment?! 

On January the 1st 2013, the United Nations introduced the International Year of Water Cooperation. The access to clean water is a Human Right. Cutting the number of people without access to safe fresh water is one of the Millennium Development Goals. 


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Kenya Open Data two years later

Kenya Open Data two years later | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

Now two years old, the Kenya Open Data Initiative (KODI) has set a high standard for Open Data in Africa. The platform – the first of its kind in a developing country – has encouraged government transparency within Kenya and beyond. Software developers, NGOs, and other members of civil society have submitted hundreds of requests for new datasets to KODI, reflecting the public desire for even more information. Over 500 datasets now are available to the world.

The portal makes a large amount of public government data accessible to the people of Kenya. But just how useful is the data?

The program certainly has its challenges. Many changes were made to data in 2012, but 2013 seems to have been quieter. We find that only eight datasets have been added in the first six months of 2013. Similarly, only a handful of previous datasets have been updated in the same period.

 

Read more at: http://www.oafrica.com/ict-policy/kenya-open-data-two-years-later/

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Podcast #79: Two young activists on driving change

Podcast #79: Two young activists on driving change | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

What motivates young activists – and what empowers them to drive for change? This episode of Beyond School Books features two young people who are working to build bridges between different communities.


See more at: http://www.educationandtransition.org/resources/podcast-79-two-young-activists-on-driving-change/

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Analytical Frameworks for Assessing ICT and Agribusiness Ecosystems For Application in Ghana and Kenya

Analytical Frameworks for Assessing ICT and Agribusiness Ecosystems For Application in Ghana and Kenya | ICT for Education and Development | Scoop.it

DFID is exploring the analytical frameworks used to assess the support market system for startup businesses in the ICT and agribusiness sectors. The review of analytical frameworks will help inform a Terms of Reference (ToR) for carrying out startup ecosystem assessments in Ghana and Kenya. This Helpdesk Request supports this effort by providing an overview of the analytical frameworks, not by outlining the forms of startup support available for these sectors.

The frameworks of interest include “M4P and other frameworks and methodologies that have been used to evaluate the 'ecosystem' for innovative, technology-oriented startup businesses in a particular country.” The ToR will be for a project assessing the forms of “support available locally for entrepreneurs in both the ICT and agribusiness sectors including university-run programmes, business incubators/accelerators, training providers and financiers (angel investors and VCs).” The analytical frameworks would need to help evaluate existing institutions, gaps in the provision of support and ways in which the ecosystems may best be strengthened. To reiterate: the request is for a discussion of available frameworks, not for startup ecosystem assessments.

 

Read more at: http://zunia.org/post/analytical-frameworks-for-assessing-ict-and-agribusiness-ecosystems-for-application-in-ghana-an

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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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