5 Innovative Science Apps For Elementary Students - Edudemic

There are loads of apps out there. But only a handful are of the high quality like these science apps for elementary students. Worth seeing.

Read more at: http://edudemic.com/2013/04/innovative-science-apps-for-elementary-students/


Mobile Phones Deliver Millions of E-Books to Developing World

Non-profit Worldreader has brought more than half a million e-books to children in Africa via the 10,000 Kindles it's distributed. After a one-year pilot program, the organization has launched Worldreader Mobile, a way for any feature phone user with a 2G connection to read more than 1,400 books for free.
"Feature phones are omnipresent in the developing world. They're people's lifelines; they're where they get their access to payments and the Internet," Susan Moody, Worldreader's director of marketing and communications, tells Mashable. IPhones and similar smartphones may be buzzworthy, she says, but they apply to a proportionally small number of people. Five billion people are using feature phones that run on 2G networks.

Read more at: http://mashable.com/2013/04/17/worldreader-mobile/


Integrating problem-based learning with ICT for developing student-teachers’ content knowledge and teaching skill

Mehdi Karami, Shahid Madani University of Azerbaijan, Iran
Zohreh Karami, Farhangian University of Hamadan, Iran
Mohammad Attaran, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The aim of this research was studying the effect of integrating problem-based learning with Information and Communications Technology (ICT) on developing content knowledge and teaching skill of trainee teachers. The research design was a quasi-experimental one, and the participants were elementary education trainee teachers of Shahid Bahonar teacher training center of Hamadan, Iran. Two groups were given tests of theory and practice on teaching mathematical concepts at elementary school, and then a multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) was conducted to compare the pretest-posttest scores. There was a significant difference, in both multivariate and univariate analyses, in scores. The findings suggest that trainee teachers who integrate problem-based learning with ICT in solving a problem may develop more professional content knowledge and teaching skill than those who merely employ ICT.

Read more at:  http://ijedict.dec.uwi.edu//viewarticle.php?id=1578


April 25, 2013: IJEDICT Weekly News is out

"IJEDICT Weekly News", by Stewart Marshall: A free, online newspaper with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos about using ICT for education and development.

Read and subscribe free at: http://paper.li/f-1325685118

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Using Technology to Save Lives at Community Level in Kenya

Studies out of Ethiopia, India, Kenya and Niger show that children born during natural hazards, like droughts or floods, are more likely to be malnourished. Yet as the climate changes, it is poor countries - already struggling with hunger and food insecurity - that are increasingly likely to face these natural hazards.
A recent conference considered this issue from the perspective of “climate justice” - an approach to climate change focusing on the rights of vulnerable people who are the least responsible for causing climate change but among the most affected.

Read more at: http://zunia.org/post/using-technology-to-save-lives-at-community-level-in-kenya


Interactive whiteboard for primary schools in Mauritius: An effective tool or just another trend?

Goonesh Kumar Asvin Bahadur, University of Mauritius, Mauritius
Deorani Oogarah, Primary School, Mauritius

Mauritius is among the few African countries where the interactive whiteboard has been implemented in all primary schools. This has been possible thanks to the Sankoré project, an initiative of Franco-British Summit and the Government of Mauritius.
The interactive whiteboard is an important tool in the classroom as it changes the mode of instruction.  In this research project, an educational learning tool was designed and mounted using XERTE which is an Open Source Authoring tool, to test whether interactive whiteboard can improve learning in schools.

Read more at: http://ijedict.dec.uwi.edu//viewarticle.php?id=1559

Agriculture Nepal

Stewart-Marshall's insight:
Agriculture Nepal is a social network platform to gather all the Nepalese agriculturist on the single place. Our ultimate goal is to build communications, share information, create opportunities, and develop a nationwide agriculture data bank.

Visit the site at: http://www.agriculturenepal.com/

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Did the Kenyan Elections Really Need 3 Maps, 7 Phone Numbers, and Several Web Forms?

We all knew it. We saw this coming in Haiti and talked about it in Egypt, when 5 Ushahidi maps popped out the day before the elections. But the Kenyan elections are somehow different, and the reason why they are, is that the possible outcome is indeed a civil unrest that could bring the country years back to 2007.
It was recently election day in Kenya, and a lot of organizations prepared for that day by setting up their own branded, advertised, funded and public electoral monitoring system.

Read more at: http://www.ictworks.org/news/2013/04/22/did-the-kenyan-elections-really-need-3-maps-7-phone-numbers-and-several-web-forms/

World Book Day

War, natural disaster and the ravages of time threaten the very existence of this literature. In Mali, though the manuscripts may have been saved by a hair’s breadth from instant destruction, they are still at risk from neglect, deterioration, and the encroachment of the desert sands. The Ethiopian manuscripts face similar dangers: a 2011 British Library report on the monastic collection at East Gojjam found that the manuscripts were “in danger of being eaten by rats or insects… exposed to damage from rainwater… [stored] unlocked, or locked only with cheap locks, which can easily be broken or forced open.” For centuries, the seclusion of monastery libraries and the isolation of Timbuktu have helped to preserve intact collections that could otherwise have been scattered and lost. However, strategies must now be developed both to preserve them for posterity and to improve access to one of Africa’s precious resources.

Read more at the eLearning Africa News Portal: http://www.elearning-africa.com/eLA_Newsportal/world-book-day/


On the Move: Mobile Learning for Development

This book integrates research, action research, best practice and case studies detailing how some educators have embraced the opportunities afforded by mobile learning. In particular, it brings together a range of scenarios, solutions and discussions relating to mobile learning in development and other resource challenged contexts.

Read more at the IAP site: http://www.infoagepub.com/products/On-the-Move

How Canada is Revolutionizing Digital Governance » blog.howto.gov

The Canadian government is changing how we think of traditional Web management. They built a platform of standards-compliant (HTML5, WCAG and WAI-ARIA), accessible and secure components that its agencies (and even provincial and municipalities) can use to build and maintain their sites. They are also focused on optimizing for mobile devices and improving usability and interoperability through their platform. Paul Jackson, project lead and one of the lead developers for Canada’s Web Experience Toolkit, or WET, shared details about the toolkit and how anyone can get involved, during a DigitalGov University webinar, April 17.

Read more at: http://blog.howto.gov/2013/04/19/how-canada-is-revolutionizing-digital-governance/

Open Source software's opportunity to reform government

The results from the 2013 Future of Open Source Survey are in — thanks to everyone who contributed by completing the survey. You can read an overview of the results here, or see the detailed breakdowns in the slides at the end of this post.

Read more at: http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2013/04/open-source-softwares-opportunity-to-reform-government.html


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Large-Scale 1:1 Computing Initiatives: An Open Access Database

This article details the spread and scope of large-scale 1:1 computing initiatives around the world. What follows is a review of the existing literature around 1:1 programs followed by a description of the large-scale 1:1 database. Main findings include: 1) the XO and the Classmate PC dominate large-scale 1:1 initiatives; 2) if professional development was conducted within a 1:1 initiatives, it was done at the onset of the project by venders of the hardware; 3) funding for 1:1 initiatives appears to be provided initially but not as a reoccurring expense.

Read full article at: http://ijedict.dec.uwi.edu//viewarticle.php?id=1584

Web 2.0 and Social Media Learning Opportunity, Tanzania

Venue: KINU Co-Creation and Innovation Space, 1st Floor Conservation House Plot No.245, A. H. Mwinyi Road, Dar es Salaam
Date and time: 24- 28 June, 2013 (9:00 - 17:00)
Technological innovation is taking place at a breath-taking pace. Simple, open source internet-based applications and services designed to enhance on-line collaboration are now available to the wider public at little or no cost at all. These new online technologies known as Web 2.0 and ‘social media’ enable people to collaborate to create, share and publish information.


Enrollment in ICT-oriented courses low in Ghana – NCA Boss

Mr Paarock Vanpercy, Director General of the National Communications Authority, says the promotion of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as a tool for development, must embrace all genders.
He said even though ICT has become a lucrative sector in terms of job creation, business growth and rewards, career in ICT had somehow become mainly dominated by males.
Mr Vanpercy made the remarks in a speech read on his behalf by Mrs Florence Martey, NCA Deputy Engineer, at a “Girls in ICT” Marathon training programme on Wednesday in Accra.

Read more at: http://www.ghanabusinessnews.com/2013/04/17/enrollment-in-ict-oriented-courses-low-in-ghana-nca-boss/

ICT For Education Solutions: In Africa, By Africans, For The Global Economy

Africa’s leading forum for the technology-assisted learning industry, eLearning Africa, will on May 29th-31st be celebrating the rise of ‘Made in Africa’ tech solutions in Windhoek, Namibia, at the 2013 edition of its annual conference.
Now in its eighth year, eLearning Africa will be bringing together a wide range of perspectives on ICT for development, education and training. The conference will also be preceded by the annual eLearning Africa round table meeting of education and ICT ministers from across Africa.
“This year our focus will be on innovation and we are all really proud that some of the most exciting and innovative new solutions in education have been pioneered and developed in Africa”, says Rebecca Stromeyer, founder of eLearning Africa and Executive Director of ICWE.

Read more at: http://www.ventures-africa.com/2013/04/ict-for-education-solutions-in-africa-by-africans-for-the-global-economy/

Mobile Learning: Literacy for Rural Women in Pakistan

This United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) distance post-literacy project in Pakistan is based on mobile technology. Women are able to reinforce their newly gained literacy by accessing and sending mobile phone text messages. UNESCO implemented the "Mobile Based Post Literacy Pilot Project" in its initial phase in 2009 in partnership with Mobilink Pakistan and BUNYAD Foundation and, with additional partners, initiated a third phase in March 2012 using other information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the classrooms during the teaching cycle, including DVDs.

Read more at: http://www.comminit.com/global/content/mobile-learning-literacy-rural-women-pakistan

Why information matters for the Post-2015 framework

Information is power. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have had a dramatic impact on the services (access to healthcare, education and clean water) that the poorest people receive - but have failed to shift power to ordinary people in the fight to end poverty.

Please share this film using #post2015 so that we can make sure that the post-2015 framework makes a real difference to the fight against absolute poverty.

Read more and see video at: http://youtu.be/AeMBQ7xX3oI


Can Tech Solve African Agriculture's Four Big Problems?

A recent BBC article highlighted three of the tech-heavy startups trying to change the game in Africa's agriculture sector, including a franchise that gives farmers access to higher quality products, a crop insurance scheme that makes it easier for farmers to get credit, and an SMS service through which farmers can check market prices and coordinate with other farmers to buy supplies in bulk. As observed in the article, these tech solutions try to leapfrog over basic infrastructure problems – like bad roads and inefficient communications. Considering the fact that 80 percent of the arable land in Africa is not being used, tech has an awful lot to make up for.

Read more at: http://techpresident.com/news/wegov/23738/can-tech-solve-african-agricultures-four-big-problems


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