Here's a list of some of what I consider to be the preeminent 'worst practices' related to the large scale use of ICTs in education in developing countries, based on first hand observation over the past dozen or so years. I have omitted names (please feel free to fill them in yourself). The criterion I used for selection was simple: The given worst practice was easily observable in multiple prominent initiatives, with (one fears) a high likelihood of re-occurrence, in the same or other places. In no particular order:
1. Dump hardware in schools, hope for magic to happen 2. Design for OECD learning environments, implement elsewhere 3. Think about educational content only after you have rolled out your hardware 4. Assume you can just import content from somewhere else 5. Don't monitor, don't evaluate6. Make a big bet on an unproven technology (especially one based on a closed/proprietary standard) or single vendor, don't plan for how to avoid 'lock-in 7. Don't think about (or acknowledge) total cost of ownership/operation issues or calculations 8. Assume away equity issues 9. Don't train your teachers (nor your school headmasters, for that matter) 10. ___ [I thought I would leave #10 blank as an acknowledgement that there are many additional worst practices that merit mention, but I have run out of space. Do feel free to submit your candidates below.]
Kenyatta University announces 100 new scholarships for needy and talented students for the academic year stating September 2014/2015. This is in line with the KU mission of enhancing access to higher education. A further 20 scholarships are available for Masters Students. Click to Read More on the Scholarships
The UNICAF Scholarship Programme was founded to offer gifted underprivileged students from Africa the opportunity of furthering their education by studying towards a University of Nicosia online or blended learning degree.
Full USIU Scholarship There are TWO Full USIU Scholarships for Kenyan students (one male and one female) seeking to pursue an undergraduate degree program at USIU. Applicants must demonstrate academic and leadership achievements and provide evidence of financial need. The scholarships cover the cost of tuition, room and board, books and computer lab fees beginning Fall Semester (September) 2014. Recipients must meet other expenses such as Medical and Student Affairs Council (SAC) fees.
The dreams of 2,000 needy students from across the country have been kept alive thanks to the 'wings to fly' program that will see them sail smoothly through secondary school education. The beneficiaries of these full scholarships have been challenged to excel as a form of gratitude to their sponsors, who include Equity bank.
Advance Africa Newsletter: International scholarships & grants including undergraduate scholarships, research scholarships, academic scholarships and scholarships for women. Also see a complete list of scholarships at:http://kenyaschoolreport.com/resources/scholarships-0
I set up my mom’s new iPhone recently, while she sat alongside me and watched. At some point in the setup process, it asks if you want to enable Cloud backup. She looked totally confused and asked ‘what’s a cloud’? While I’m willing to bet that most of Edudemic’s readers are way ahead of my mom …
East African Breweries Limited Foundation has announced the call for its year 2014 University Scholarship awards that will benefit bright but needy students across East Africa. The highly competitive awards targets the top twenty most deserving cases of scholars with interest in pursuing Commerce, Business Information Technology, Engineering or Food Science Technology studies.
You can again join courses at MDF Head Office free of charge with the Nuffic Fellowship Programme (NFP). Start your application now. Apply now for the NFP sponsorship The NFP fellowship enables carefully selected professionals to join courses at MDF Head Office. Free of charge! Next application deadline: *** 4 February 2014 *** English and French courses for which this deadline applies: Labour Market and Active Learning in Education 1 - 12 September 2014 Management of Development Projects & Programmes 29 September - 24 October 2014 Gestion de projets et programmes de développement 29 séptembre - 24 octobre 2014 Don't miss out on this opportunity and visit the NFP sponsorship page for more information. As application take time, we advise you to start your application today!