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Research questions about technology use in education in developing countries

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let's investigate this systematically ... Back in 2005, I helped put together a 'quick guide to ICT and education challenges and research questions' in developing countries. This list was meant to inform a research program at the time sponsored by the World Bank's infoDev program, but I figured I'd make it public, because the barriers to publishing were so low (copy -> paste -> save -> upload) and in case doing so might be useful to anyone else. While I don't know to what extent others may have actually found this list helpful, I have seen this document referenced over the years in various funding proposals, and by other funding agencies. Over the past week I've (rather surprisingly) heard two separate organizations reference this rather old document in the course of considering some of their research priorities going forward related to investigating possible uses of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to help meet educational goals in low income and middle countries around the world, and so I wondered how these 50 research questions had held up over the years. Are they still relevant? And: What did we miss, ignore or not understand? The list of research questions to be investigated going forward was a sort of companion document to Knowledge maps: What we know (and what we don't) about ICT use in education in developing countries. It was in many ways a creature of its time and context. The formulation of the research questions identified was in part influenced by some stated interests of the European Commission (which was co-funding some of the work) and I knew that some research questions would resonate with other potential funders at the time (including the World Bank itself) who were interested in related areas (see, for example, the first and last research questions). The list of research questions was thus somewhat idiosynscratic, did not presume to be comprehensive in its treatment of the topic, and was not intended nor meant to imply that certain areas of research interest were 'more important' than others not included on the list. That said, in general the list seems to have held up quite well, and many of the research questions from 2005 continue to resonate in 2015. In some ways, this resonance is unfortunate, as it suggests that we still don't know answers to a lot of very basic questions. Indeed, in some cases we may know as little in 2015 as we knew in 2015, despite the explosion of activity and investment (and rhetoric) in exploring the relevance of technology use in education to help meet a wide variety of challenges faced by education systems, communities, teachers and learners around the world. This is not to imply that we haven't learned anything, of course (an upcoming EduTech blog post will look at two very useful surveys of research findings that have been published in the past year), but that we still have a long way to go. Some comments and observations, with the benefit of hindsight and when looking forward The full list of research questions from 2005 is copied at the bottom of this blog post (here's the original list as published, with explanation and commentary on individual items). Reviewing this list, a few things jump out at me:

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An analysis of the e-Learning Africa 2015 report by Tony Bates

An analysis of the e-Learning Africa 2015 report by Tony Bates | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

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A Principal's Reflections: Leading With Video

A Principal's Reflections: Leading With Video | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Digital leaders know full well the power of video. As principal I routinely used video tools to improve communications, enhance public relations, and create a positive brand presence.  Leaders today can harness mainstay video tools to build better connections and relationships with all stakeholders while telling the story of their school/district in a way that was never possible. Video tools can also be used as pivotal learning tools that save precious time and money.  Below I break down four main categories of digital tools:

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Tablets in education

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tablets: the cure for what ails education? While it can sometimes be difficult to understand just what exactly the related question or challenge is, in many education systems around the world, the 'answer' or 'solution' put forward is increasing the same: 'Tablets!' Indeed, it seems that, over the past few years, not a week has gone by without some sort of high profile announcement about a new educational tablet initiative somewhere -- or about changes to an existing such project. Excitement about the promise and potential of information and communication technology (ICT) devices for use in teaching and learning has been around for a few decades, but only recently has this been translated into large scale purchases of such devices for use in schools outside of industrialized, 'highly developed' countries. What's happening where, you ask? Here are some random, but fairly representative, reports from recent years about this undeniable trend: Brazilian government to give tablets to state school teachers Fatih Project distributes 732,000 tablets (Turkey) Indonesian students in remote areas will soon receive tablets to replace textbooks Tablet computers in Kazakhstan schools by 2020 Distribution of tablets to teachers for e-Learning project begins (Jamaica) Tablet-based learning taking shape in Malawi Russia announces new e-reader tablet for use in schools Swedish schools aim to ditch books by 2013 Finnish school abandons books for tablets Romanian Education Ministry wants to equip all schools with tablets As Liberian schools remain closed, tablets could become digital classroom Colombian students and teachers will receive 900.000 tablets for free One primary school pupil, one tablet: Dakar mayor (Senegal) 410k tablets distributed to schools in 4 regions of Peru Not all the news is about tablets going *out* to schools; devices can flow in the reverse direction as well: Junta’s Basic Education Commission wants One Million Tablets Returned from Children (Thailand) Government withdraws 88‚000 tablets from schools due to theft (South Africa) L.A. Unified takes back iPads as $1-billion plan hits hurdles (USA) It's true that not everything that is announced actually comes to pass. Timelines are often a moving target, and the scope and/or scale of a project as initially conceived can change radically. But the trend is clear. Why are educational policymakers authorizing the purchases of so many tablets in so many education systems around the world?

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Fanny Villagra's curator insight, August 2, 8:12 AM
Me gustan las tabletas, porque son mas manejables en clase. Además poco a poco están incluyendo diferentes programas de utilidad para la enseñanza. Y sobre todo cuando se dicta una clase y se desea mostrar una ilustración se puede acceder a ellas fácilmente.
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PHOTOS: Stunning images of a tribe from Sudan

PHOTOS: Stunning images of a tribe from Sudan | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Complete photographic series.

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Web-Based Course Assessment Tool with Direct Mapping to Student Outcomes


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Does Higher Education really cause economic growth? - by Donald Clark

Does Higher Education really cause economic growth? - by Donald Clark | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

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Trends 2015 - Learning and Teaching in European Universities


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Татьяна Фокина's curator insight, June 1, 8:57 AM

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Tendencias en las Universidades Europeas...Trends 2015 - Learning and Teaching in European Universities | @scoopit via @AnaCristinaPrts http://sco.lt/...

Joaquin Sevilla's curator insight, June 8, 5:57 AM

Aparte de removelo por ahí habría que leerselo... cosa que aún no he hecho

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Using a design-based research study to identify principles for training instructors to teach online

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Using a design-based research study to identify principles for training instructors to teach online

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Paula King, Ph.D.'s curator insight, June 2, 2:47 PM

ALWAYS INTERESTING

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Transforming Information Literacy for Today’s K-12 Learners Through t…

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The Daring Librarian: Makerspace Starter Kit

The Daring Librarian: Makerspace Starter Kit | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
We have, however, recently expanded upon our Makerspace offerings thanks to being inspired by several of my librarian friends in our amazing #TLChat PLN! Kids can come in during lunch or when they've finished their work to explore, craft, and create in the Library Media Center.


I re-purposed 4 empty study carrels for this Makerspace center at the top corner of our library.  The grouping includes a Lego Creation Station, a Duct Tape Craft Cubby, and a Makey Makey Coding Corner."


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Leslie Kelsey's curator insight, June 15, 1:57 PM

Makerspaces are coming to our County - Solana Beach is leading the way! 

Willemijn Schmitz's curator insight, June 16, 4:40 AM

Vooral de Duct Tape Craft Cubby spreekt me aan!

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The Periodic Table: For the Record: Recent U graduate appalled by President Kaler's Counterpoint on Research Ethics

The Periodic Table: For the Record: Recent U graduate appalled by President Kaler's Counterpoint on Research Ethics | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
For the Record: Recent #umn grad appalled by President Kaler's Counterpoint on Research Ethics
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Harvard, Syracuse Researchers Caught Lying to Boost Obama Climate Rules - Breitbart News

Harvard, Syracuse Researchers Caught Lying to Boost Obama Climate Rules - Breitbart News | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Are we to believe that a group of researchers who had previously received some $45 million in grants from EPA, no doubt hoping for more in the future, could possibly not have any dog in this fight?
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