education

Using SMS to Reach Schools in Five Minutes in a Conflict-Affected Country

Title: Using SMS to Reach Schools in Five Minutes in a Conflict-Affected Country
Source: Stories of UNICEF Innovation
Date (published): 09/06/2015
Date (accessed): 15/11/2015
Type of information: best practice
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: EduTrac is an innovative system that uses SMS for the real-time monitoring of schools. It helps the Ministry of Education better understand the situation in schools even in the most hard-to-reach areas in order to provide better learning environments for students. Since March 2015, UNICEF in Central African Republic has been preparing to launch EduTrac in close collaboration with the Ministry of Education.

Social media dominates women’s use of the web

Title: Social media dominates women’s use of the web
Author: Sumita Thapar
Source: SciDev.Net
Date (published): 21/10/2015
Date (accessed): 25/10/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Poor women in cities are using the internet just as much as more affluent women and men, but are less likely to use it to increase their income or engage with politics online, a study has found. The report launched says that poor urban women are held back by a lack of education and language skills when they use the web. The study found that 97 per cent of women who use the internet do so through social media, especially Facebook. But, for example, just 20 per cent said they had used the internet to access information on sexual health and contraception.

Students, computers and learning: Where’s the connection?

Title: Students, computers and learning: Where’s the connection?
Author: Andreas Schleicher
Source: OECD Education Today
Date (published): 15/09/2015
Date (accessed): 23/09/2015
Type of information: blog spot
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: As the results from the report show, the connections among students, computers and learning are neither simple nor hard-wired; and the real contributions ICT can make to teaching and learning have yet to be fully realised and exploited. But as long as computers and the Internet have a central role in our personal and professional lives, students who have not acquired basic skills in reading, writing and navigating through a digital landscape will find themselves dangerously disconnected from the economic, social and cultural life around them.

Technology doesn't make school pupils smarter: study

Title: Technology doesn't make school pupils smarter: study
Source: Yahoo Tech
Date (published): 15/09/2015
Date (accessed): 23/09/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Computers do not noticeably improve school pupils' academic results and can even hamper performance, an OECD report said . While almost three quarters of pupils in the countries surveyed used computers at schools, the report by the the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development found technology had made no noticeable improvement in results.

Log on and learn: The tech geeks working to transform Africa's education

Title: Log on and learn: The tech geeks working to transform Africa's education
Authors: Marc Hoeferlin, Lauren Said-Moorhouse
Source: CNN
Date (published): 15/09/2015
Date (accessed): 23/09/2015
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: an online training platform that's been partnering with universities in South Africa to provide short e-courses for users. Helped by a single private investor, the tech education portal is looking to harness a growing demand for online learning by allowing students to log into classes remotely.

London company's 'Solar Classroom in a Box' project aims to change the face of education in Africa

Title: London company's 'Solar Classroom in a Box' project aims to change the face of education in Africa
Author: Aftab Ali
Source: The Independent
Date (published): 28/08/2015
Date (accessed): 06/09/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Along with the University of Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Aleutia, in London, will begin rolling out an education initiative across Kenya called Solar Classroom in a Box. Doing exactly what it says on the tin, flat-pack classrooms will be sent over to each of the country’s 47 counties, with one able to fit into a pick-up truck. The best thing of all is that they don’t require any specialist construction and local handymen have already been setting them up within a day.

Education in Emergencies and Protracted Crises toward a Strengthened Response

Title: Education in Emergencies and Protracted Crises toward a Strengthened Response
Authors: Susan Nicolai, Sébastien Hine, Joseph Wales
Source: INEE - Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies
Date (accessed): 01/09/2015
Type of information: background paper
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Some of the most egregious violations of the right to education around the world occur in contexts of emergency and protracted crises. With tens of millions affected, and nearly one third of those out of school in crisis affected countries, neglecting the education of these children and youth denies not only their future, but also the future of societies where they live. Education in emergencies and protracted crises can provide safe-spaces during crises, and is crucial to the success of other interventions, such as water and health. Education is vital for both economic growth and peace and stability of countries. It is often identified as a high priority by affected communities themselves. This paper, a contribution to the Oslo Summit on Education Development 6-7 July 2015, aims to detail the challenge and show how, with political commitment and resourcing, much more could be done.

India Loves MOOCs

Title: India Loves MOOCs
Author: George Anders
Source: MIT Technology Review
Date (published): 27/07/2015
Date (accessed): 06/08/2015
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: In a country of rigid teaching styles and scarce university slots, students and professors are exploring what online learning can be.

Banning and unbanning phones in schools

Title: Banning and unbanning phones in schools
Author: Michael Trucano
Source: EduTech - A World Bank Blog on ICT use in Education
Date (published): 24/07/2015
Date (accessed): 29/07/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: When it comes to mobile phones and the education sector, things aren't so simple, and answers vary considerably by place -- and are changing. In some countries and schools, mobile phones are not allowed at all for students (and in some cases for teachers as well) and/or their use is limited to certain circumstances inside (and in some instances even outside) of school. In other places, phones are allowed with few restrictions. In yet other places, long time bans on phones are being reversed. Even where bans are in place, phones are still to be found in schools, for better and for worse, and they are used for a variety of purposes (again, for better and for worse).

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).

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