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Can eBooks Satisfy? Creating Content for ICT-enabled Classrooms. Wayan Vota During the Human Development Network webinar, “eBooks & Affordable Access to Digital Content for Teachers, Health Care Workers & Agricultural Extension Agents in Southern Africa“, which looked at lessons from the IADP Affordable Access Initiative Partnership with African Universities, a sidebar conversation came about on the instant message board that was associated with the webinar.

Can eBooks Satisfy? Creating Content for ICT-enabled Classrooms

From this conversation came a very interesting question: eReaders will transform the developing world – in and outside the classroom. David Risher If Worldreader’s experience so far is any guide, e-readers are set to transform the developing world, both in – and outside the classroom.

eReaders will transform the developing world – in and outside the classroom

But this change won’t be driven by e-readers by themselves – it will be driven by human curiosity, ever-increasing connectivity, enlightened self-interest, and a gentle push from organizations like ours. Let’s start with a very basic piece of technology: the book. Most people intuitively believe in the power and importance of books, and in fact recent research quantifies that benefit: having access to a library of books is roughly the equivalent of 3 or more years of schooling. The good news about books is that teachers and children all know how to use them – there’s no training required. According to SACMEQ, half of the classrooms across six countries studied in Sub-Saharan African have no textbooks at all, because of cost and logistical issues.

ICT Competency Framework for Teachers. The UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers (ICT-CFT) is intended to inform educational policy makers, teacher-educators, providers of professional learning and working teachers on the role of ICT in educational reform, as well as to assist Member States in developing national ICT competency standards for teachers with an ICT in Education Master Plan approach.

ICT Competency Framework for Teachers

Modern societies are increasingly based on information and knowledge. InfodevDocuments_154.pdf. Worst practice in ICT use in education. In business and in international development circles, much is made about the potential for 'learning from best practice'.

Worst practice in ICT use in education

Considerations of the use of educational technologies offer no exception to this impulse. That said, 'best practice' in the education sector is often a rather elusive concept (at best! Some informed observers would say it is actually dangerous). The term 'good practice' may be more useful, for in many (if not most) cases and places, learning from and adapting 'good' practices is often much more practical -- and more likely to lead to success.

Given that many initiatives seem immune to learning from either 'best' or even 'good' practice in other places or contexts, it may be most practical to recommend 'lots of practice', as there appears to be a natural learning curve that accompanies large scale adoption of ICTs in the education sector in many countries -- even if this means 'repeating the mistakes' of others. EduTechBlog2013_all_the_posts. EduTechBlog2012_all_the_posts.pdf. EduTechBlog2011_all_the_posts.pdf. EduTechBlog2011_all_the_posts.pdf. EduTechBlog2010_all_the_posts. ICT4D Bibliography » Bibliographies » Collection of ICT4D Theory. Description: Articles on the discipline of ICT4D.

ICT4D Bibliography » Bibliographies » Collection of ICT4D Theory

Bibliography for a/an: Compilation Listing 26 references: Avgerou, C. (2009). “Discourses on Innovation and Development in Information Systems in Developing Countries’ Research”. DiMaggio, P., Hargittai, E., Celeste, C. & Shafer, S. (2004). Zheng, Y. & Stahl, B.C. (2010). A World Bank Blog on ICT use in Education. "Innovation!

A World Bank Blog on ICT use in Education

" The buzz around this buzzword in education (the need for it, the celebrations of it, the challenges in catalyzing it) continues to get louder and louder, and the word itself seems to get invoked with increasing (almost de facto) frequency as part of discussions about the need for change. ICTs for Development. Actor-network theory (ANT) has been around since the 1980s, and significantly utilised in some disciplines, such as information systems.

ICTs for Development

But – oddly – it has hardly been applied at all in development studies, including within ICT4D research. That is recently starting to change but to give some further impetus, we organised an international workshop in June 2011: “Understanding Development Through Actor-Network Theory”. You can find online a working paper series derived from the workshop. Actor-network theory began as a means to explain how science works, such as the operation of scientific laboratories and projects.

However, it has subsequently grown to be seen as a full-blown social theory. First, it says, “Hey, sociologists, you’ve been so obsessed with humans that you’ve been ignoring all the objects in the world. Technology tools to improve education access and quality for refugees, returnees, and stateless persons. The iREAD (Impact on Reading of E-Readers And Digital content) Ghana Study is a pilot study spanning from October 2010 to July 2011.

Technology tools to improve education access and quality for refugees, returnees, and stateless persons

It is categorized as a Global Development Alliance (GDA) program between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Worldreader, a non-profit organization. The pilot study aims to give Ghana public school students access to books through e-reader technology, which is an electronic device that can house thousands of books. The iREAD program aligns with USAID’s Strategic Objective 8 to “Improve the Quality of and Access to Basic Education.” iREAD supports SO8 Intermediate Result 2 to “Improved Quality of Education,” through the following expected results: Hypotheses: There were several major hypotheses about the outcomes of the pilot study. Findings: Overall, the majority of students and teachers from the iREAD Ghana Pilot Study had positive experiences with the e-reader.

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