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We Should Celebrate Educational Technology in Affordable Private Schools

Title: We Should Celebrate Educational Technology in Affordable Private Schools
Authors: Kim Campbell, Hila Mehr
Source: Educational Technology Debate
Date (published): 09/05/20123
Date (accessed): 14/05/2013
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Governments, foundations, and the private sector are all engaged in the task of providing a quality education to the millions of children who are born into poor socio-economic circumstances throughout the world. This is crucial because education is seen as the most certain vehicle for breaking the cycle of poverty. As institutions embrace ways that education technology can play a part in accomplishing this goal, the developing world’s private school sector is well primed to explore the potential of ed-tech in the classroom.

Hong Kong Calling: How China's Cheap Phones Make Their Way to Africa

Title: Hong Kong Calling: How China's Cheap Phones Make Their Way to Africa
Author: Simon Allison
Source: Think Africa Press
Date (published): 02/05/2013
Date (accessed): 06/05/2013
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Pause and shift your geographical attention to the markets of Africa, a continent that has also embraced the mobile phone in recent years. The informal nature of this business makes it difficult to cite exact figures, but it is likely that most mobiles sold in Africa are not traded through official, licensed channels. They are hawked in markets or sold in small family-run shops displaying a dizzying array of brands and phone styles, many unfamiliar.

E-learning Nigeria: Exploring the Opportunities in e-learning to enhance Education in Nigeria

Title: E-learning Nigeria: Exploring the Opportunities in e-learning to enhance Education in Nigeria
Author: Kenneth Omeruo
Source: TechTrends
Date (published): 02/05/2013
Date (accessed): 03/05/2013
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: E-learning is one of the ways in which Nigeria can improve on her fallen standard of education as technology is being explored in learning. E-learning makes learning easy, ubiquitous, accessible, and affordable to a greater number of people who are not ordinarily opportune.

How People in the Middle East Actually Use Social Media

Title: How People in the Middle East Actually Use Social Media
Author: Everett E. Dennis, Justin D. Martin, Robb Wood
Source: The Atlantic
Date (published): 24/04/2013
Date (accessed): 02/05/2013
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Northwestern University in Qatar commissioned a survey among people in eight Arab countries: Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain, Qatar, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the UAE. Harris Interactive conducted a mix of face-to-face and telephone interviews with 9,693 adults aged 18 and older. Participants were asked a wide range of questions on media - from matters of newspaper use, book reading and blogging to online banking and gaming - with a heavy emphasis on Internet use.

mHealth "could save a million African lives by 2017"

Title: mHealth "could save a million African lives by 2017"
Author: Maina Waruru
Source: SciDevNet
Date (published): 10/04/2013
Date (accessed): 10/04/2013
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Mobile health (mHealth) applications such as text messages could save more than a million lives in Sub-Saharan Africa over the next five years, according to the report of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) India.

A new wave of educational efforts across Africa exploring the use of ICTs

Title: A new wave of educational efforts across Africa exploring the use of ICTs
Author: Michael Trucano
Source: EduTech - A World Bank Blog on ICT use in Education
Date (published): 05/04/2013
Date (accessed): 08/04/2013
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Short rezume about the activities of 2iE, an international, nonprofit higher education and training institute which provides training programs, courses and degrees in the areas of water and sanitation; the environment; energy and electricity; civil engineering and mining; and managerial sciences. 2iE, which the World Bank has supported in various ways over the years, is affiliated with the French network of “grandes ecoles” and trains 2000 students from Africa at its campuses in Burkina Faso.

Tanzania’s healthy pregnancy text message service reaches 100,000 subscribers in 15 weeks

Title: Tanzania’s healthy pregnancy text message service reaches 100,000 subscribers in 15 weeks
Source: oAfrica
Date (published): 03/03/2013
Date (accessed): 04/03/2013
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The unique healthy pregnancy text messaging (SMS) service reached 100,000 active registrants in March 2013. More than 4 million text messages have been sent to those who signed up for the free healthy pregnancy and safe motherhood information, since the launch late November 2012.

CEIBAL: Next steps

Title: CEIBAL: Next steps
Authors: Michael Fullan, Nancy Watson, Stephen Anderson
Source: ICTs for development
Date (published): 30/01/2013
Date (accessed): 22/03/2013
Type of information: final report
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: In this report the authors describes the first two phases of the CEIBAL project from 2008 till 2013. In the second part they published four interrelated recommendations for going to the next phase.

Making aid work for education in developing countries. An analysis of aid effectiveness for primary education coverage and quality

Title: Making aid work for education in developing countries. An analysis of aid effectiveness for primary education coverage and quality
Author: Kassandra Birchler, Katharina Michaelowa
Source: Zunia
Date (published): 15/03/2013
Date (accessed): 24/03/2013
Type of information: WIDER Working Paper No. 2013/021
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: This paper examines the effect of education aid on primary enrolment and education quality. Using the most recent data on aid disbursements and econometric specifications inspired by the general aid effectiveness literature, we find some evidence that donors’ increase in funding has substantially contributed to the successful increase in enrolment over the last 15 years. The most robust effect is obtained by aid for education facilities and training. In addition, we find complementarities between aid for primary and secondary education. Our qualitative comparative analysis of education quality also highlights the relevance of a balanced mix of educational expenditures.

An Overview of why Radio is so Important in the Developing World

Title: An Overview of why Radio is so Important in the Developing World
Author: vcahen
Source: ICT4D@Tulane
Date (published): 13/03/2013
Date (accessed): 16/03/2013
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: According to Myers, Radio is by far the most prevalent mass- medium throughout the developing world. Myers discusses the impact of radio in times of emergencies, education, and empowerment.

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