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School tech initiatives show growth potential

The Cofimvaba Schools District Technology Project, which introduces tablets for teaching and learning in Eastern Cape rural schools, has so far shown the potential to be implemented in other South African provinces.

This is according to Merryl Ford, programme manager for the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) Tech4Red project, which distributes tablets to teachers and learners.

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4 schools & 8 teachers across Sub-Saharan were nominated amongst the world’s best and innovative by Microsoft

Last week, four schools and eight teachers from across sub-Saharan Africa were nominated amongst the world’s best as part of Microsoft’s 2014 class of Mentor Schools and the Inaugural Class of Expert Educators. These exclusive one year programmes recognise visionary educators who are using technology to improve student outcomes, equip them with 21st century skills, and who are paving the way for other teachers by demonstrating the effective use of technology in learning.

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127 digital hubs will boost high-quality teaching and learning in Africa

Over half a million teachers and learners in nine countries in Sub-Africa are set to experience a step change in access to digital educational resources in their schools. British council and Bharti Airtel have joined forces to maximize the learning benefits of Bharti Airtel’s wider broadband connective of 5 GB per month in a three-year deal for 127 digital hubs located in schools across nine countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Read the full article in It News Africa website

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ICT promises to enhance distance learning in Mozambique

According to an article published on Biztech Africa, Mozambique’s Deputy Minister of Education (MINED), Leda Hugo, says ICTs present opportunities for the country to expand its distance learning programmes, to reach more students.

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African mobile learning market to see world’s highest growth

The five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the Mobile Learning market in Africa is 38.9%, the highest in the world, according to a new report by Ambient Insight.

The report, "The 2012-2017 Africa Mobile Learning Market", says revenues will grow more than five times to reach $530.1 million by 2017, up from the$102.4 million reached in 2012.

"Seven of the fourteen countries analysed in this region have growth rates above the 38.9% aggregate rate," reports Sam S. Adkins, Chief Research Officer. "We have identified the five major catalysts driving the Mobile Learning market in Africa. Combined, these catalysts have made Africa the most vibrant Mobile Learning market on the planet."

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World Bank: 10 principles to consider when introducing ICTs into remote, low-income educational environments

There are, broadly speaking, two strands of concurrent thinking that dominate discussions around the use of new technologies in education around the world. At one end of the continuum, talk is dominated by words like 'transformation'. The (excellent) National Education Technology Plan of the United States (Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology), for example, calls for "applying the advanced technologies used in our daily personal and professional lives to our entire education system to improve student learning, accelerate and scale up the adoption of effective practices, and use data and information for continuous improvement."

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Nigeria: Youth and the Internet - the Dangers and Benefits

According to an article published on allAfrica.com, as the world is gradually being reduced to a global village, the use of social media and IT, especially among students, has taken a new dimension. Ordinarily, the media should be a source of educational highway to broaden the intellectual acumen. But is it so? Uche Uduma takes a look at the trend.

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Laptop Project Inspires Pupils to Develop ICT Applications

In Rwanda pupils who benefited from the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project are looking forward to develop applications.
Primary six and four pupils of Groupe Scolaire Gisozi demonstrated this resolve, on Thursday, as the national co-coordinator of OLPC project, Nkubito Bakuramutsa, toured the school to assess the project implementation. The Gasobo-based institution received about 964 XO laptops, among them 14 were for teachers and 950 for pupils, and is one of the schools where OLPC project has been implemented."Everything has its own time; concentration on other lessons comes first. My free time is dedicated to learning computer skills," said Shaddrack Niyonkuru, a Primary Six pupil.

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