The NMC Horizon Report: 2015 K-12 Edition

Title: The NMC Horizon Report: 2015 K-12 Edition
Date (accessed): 29/07/2015
Type of information: research report
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The NMC Horizon Report: 2015 K-12 Edition is a collaboration between The NEW MEDIA CONSORTIUM and the CONSORTIUM FOR SCHOOL NETWORKING. The research behind the NMC Horizon Report: 2015 K-12 Edition is jointly conducted by the New Media Consortium (NMC) and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN). What is on the five-year horizon for K-12 schools worldwide? Which trends and technologies will drive educational change? What are the challenges that we consider as solvable or difficult to overcome, and how can we strategize effective solutions? These questions and similar inquiries regarding technology adoption and transforming teaching and learning steered the collaborative research and discussions of a body of 56 experts to produce the NMC Horizon Report: 2015 K-12 Edition, in partnership with the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN).

Development Unplugged: Driving Progress Without the Internet

Title: Development Unplugged: Driving Progress Without the Internet
Author: Elizabeth Melampy
Source: Prosper - Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Date (published): 26/06/2015
Date (accessed): 18/07/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Earlier this year, the US-based NGO Digital Democracy held a coding conference in Peru called “Hack the Rainforest.” While most coding relies on the internet, this conference took place in a rural outpost of 100,000 people in the Peruvian Amazon where there is limited internet access. Coders addressed an unpopular question in development: how can technological advances help those with no internet access?

Can an app really make Bangladesh's notoriously deadly roads safer?

Title: Can an app really make Bangladesh's notoriously deadly roads safer?
Author: David Walsh
Source: The Guardian
Date (published): 13/03/2015
Date (accessed): 18/07/2015
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: For every two fatalities in road accidents in the US, there are 160 such deaths in Bangladesh. To help solve the problem, Jennifer Farrell has created CriticaLink, an app connecting scarce emergency services with those who need them most.

More tablets for students as Turkey looks to improve education

Title: More tablets for students as Turkey looks to improve education
Source: Daily Sabah Turkey
Date (published): 22/05/2015
Date (accessed): 18/07/2015
Type of information: press release
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Turkey's ambitious FATİH project, which aims to have every student in the country working on tablet computers, delivered 700,000 tablets on Friday to students all across the country.

Obama Has a Plan to End America's Internet Access Inequality Problem

Title: Obama Has a Plan to End America's Internet Access Inequality Problem
Author: Kate Knibbs
Source: Gizmodo
Date (published): 15/07/2015
Date (accessed): 18/07/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: “Today, high speed broadband is not a luxury, it’s a necessity,” President Obama said earlier this year. Yet home internet access is still an extravagance out of reach for many Americans. Today, the White House announced a program designed to change that.

Is ICT4D Dooming Poor People to Greater Income Inequality?

Title: Is ICT4D Dooming Poor People to Greater Income Inequality?
Author: Wayan Vota
Source: ICTWorks
Date (published): 15/07/2015
Date (accessed): 18/07/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: A blog post about the questionable real value of ICT4D.

How social media is empowering young Afghan women: The Facebook effect

Title: How social media is empowering young Afghan women: The Facebook effect
Author: Joshi Herrmann
Source: The Independent
Date (published): 10/07/2015
Date (accessed): 12/07/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Afghanistan has experienced a boom in social media, and now it is a battleground in the struggle for and against women's rights.

The Millennium Development Goals Report 2015

Title: The Millennium Development Goals Report 2015
Source: Millennium Development Goals Indicators - The United Nations
Date (accessed): 12/07/2015
Type of information: research report
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: At the beginning of the new millennium, world leaders gathered at the United Nations to shape a broad vision to fight poverty in its many dimensions. That vision, which was translated into eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), has remained the overarching development framework for the world for the past 15 years. As we reach the end of the MDG period, the world community has reason to celebrate. Thanks to concerted global, regional, national and local efforts, the MDGs have saved the lives of millions and improved conditions for many more. The data and analysis presented in this report prove that, with targeted interventions, sound strategies, adequate resources and political will, even the poorest countries can make dramatic and unprecedented progress. The report also acknowledges uneven achievements and shortfalls in many areas. The work is not complete, and it must continue in the new development era.
This report is based on a master set of data that has been compiled by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on MDG Indicators led by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United nations Secretariat, in response to the wishes of the General Assembly for periodic assessment of progress towards the MDGs. The Group comprises representatives of the international organizations whose activities include the preparation of one or more of the series of statistical indicators that were identified as appropriate for monitoring progress towards the MDGs, as reflected in the list below. A number of national statisticians and outside expert advisers also contributed.

Internet Broadband for an Inclusive Digital Society

Title: Internet Broadband for an Inclusive Digital Society
Source: UNCTAD - United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Date (accessed): 12/07/2015
Type of information: research report
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: This study provides an overview of key issues relating to broadband ICTs in the context of international objectives for socioeconomic development. The discussion summarizes recent research, policy developments and practices associated with broadband ICTs around the world and offers a set of frameworks for considering and developing new public and private initiatives to promote broadband development.

An Integrated ICT Approach to Solve Agriculture Challenges in Bangladesh

Title: An Integrated ICT Approach to Solve Agriculture Challenges in Bangladesh
Source: Discover ISIF Asia
Date (published): 07/07/2015
Date (accessed): 12/07/2015
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: In last two and a half years mPower Social Enterprises Ltd has been working with Dhaka Ahsania Mission and Care Bangladesh to implement an USAID awarded five years ‘Ag Extension Project’ which aims to strengthen the agriculture extension system of Bangladesh. Being a technical partner of this project, mPower is focusing on some of the key challenges in the present agricultural eco-system and trying to develop some integrated ICT based solution to cater these challenges.

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