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ICT enhances learning for Singapore students with special needs

Title: ICT enhances learning for Singapore students with special needs
Author: Kelly Ng
Source: FutureGov
Date (published): 02/12/2013
Date (accessed): 03/12/2013
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: According to Ministry of Education Singapore, assistive technology has shown to be effective in helping students with special needs at Asian Women’s Welfare Association (AWWA) School learn better.

The Internet as a Catalyst for Change in Yemen

Title: The Internet as a Catalyst for Change in Yemen
Author: Walid Al-Saqaf
Source: Global Voices Advocacy
Date (published): 25/11/2013
Date (accessed): 03/12/2013
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The economy is suffering, illiteracy levels are among the highest in the world, and most high school and university graduates are struggling to find work. Young Yemenis today could prove the greatest asset in getting the country back on its feet. Technology has a big role to play here.

3 virtual environment platforms that inspire learning

Title: 3 virtual environment platforms that inspire learning
Author: Ann Cudworth
Source: Hypergrid Business
Date (published): 24/11/2013
Date (accessed): 02/12/2013
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Much has been said about using virtual environments for teaching and training. While it is an inescapable fact that no environment, real or virtual, can make up for a dedicated, well-prepared teacher with a passion for their subject matter, there is merit in the concept that a virtual environment can open new pathways for learning by engaging the student with the creation and exploration of ideas in 3D.

35k+ register for France’s new MOOC since launching October 2nd

Title: 35k+ register for France’s new MOOC since launching October 2nd
Author: Trista Bridges
Source: Rude Baguette
Date (published): 29/11/2013
Date (accessed): 02/12/2013
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Finally realizing that they were substantially behind other countries in the MOOC space (massive open online courses), Minister of Higher Education Geneviève Fioraso decided to launch France Université Numérique (referred to, of course, as FUN) in response. Thus far 35k+ have signed-up since registrations opened on October 2nd. While certainly a drop in the bucket compared to the number of people participating in MOOCs in other markets, this is, at the very least, a positive sign that there is a need and a demand for open online education in France.

Estonia Will Organise One of the Year’s Most Important Internet Freedom Conferences

Title: Estonia Will Organise One of the Year’s Most Important Internet Freedom Conferences
Source: Estonian review
Date (published): 27/11/2013
Date (accessed): 02/12/2013
Type of information: conference
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: In spring 2014, Estonia will host the ministers and specialists of nearly 40 states in connection with the Freedom Online Coalition annual conference entitled “Free and Secure Internet for All”.

Australia’s lessons in promoting open government

Title: Australia’s lessons in promoting open government
Author: Medha Basu
Source: FutureGov
Date (published): 27/11/2013
Date (accessed): 29/11/2013
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Technology is changing the way governments think, and one of the most crucial areas of change is in information management. How do governments leverage these technologies to improve information management and ultimately promote open, transparent governance?

Teachers, Teaching & ICTs

Title: Teachers, Teaching & ICTs
Author: Michael Trucano
Source: The World Bank
Date (published): 15/11/2013
Date (accessed): 18/11/2013
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: For the past seven years, the Korean Education & Research Information Service (KERIS) has hosted an annual global symposium on ICT use in education, bringing senior policymakers and practitioners from around the world to Seoul to share emerging lessons from attempts to introduce and utilize information and communications technologies to help meet a wide variety of goals in the education sector.

Libraries in the Time of MOOCs

Title: Libraries in the Time of MOOCs
Author: Curtis Kendrick and Irene Gashurov
Source: Educause Review
Date (published): 04/11/2013
Date (accessed): 14/11/2013
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: MOOCs give librarians new opportunities to help shape the conversation about changes in higher education and to guide administrators, faculty, and students through these changes. To assume this role, librarians must understand the MOOCs landscape. Numerous stakeholders will have an interest in the massive intellectual property that ultimately resides in libraries' owned and licensed digital repositories. Studying and adopting technologies to manage and monitor MOOC usage of library resources will be essential to controlling access and tightening Internet safeguards.

How teachers in Africa are failed by mobile learning

Title: How teachers in Africa are failed by mobile learning
Author: Sven Torfinn/Panos
Source: Broadband Commission
Date (published): 22/10/2013
Date (accessed): 11/11/2013
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Only projects that work with existing education systems will improve learning and cut poverty. While innovation is welcome, in some cases, how it is implemented risks increasing — not reducing — marginalisation.

Open government: a chance to revolutionise the relationship between citizens and their leaders

Title: Open government: a chance to revolutionise the relationship between citizens and their leaders
Author: Sarah Mars
Source: The Guardian
Date (published): 07/11/2013
Date (accessed): 11/11/2013
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Whether open government is revolutionary or evolutionary … we will have missed a great opportunity without it.

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