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    schools and trained roughly 19 200 school personnel on IT for education initiatives We are now trying to complete our deliverables and make sure that all schools get appropriate IT training said Christian Placido Calma CICT Project Development Officer and the Project Content Development Head The project roll out started on 2007 One of the challenges faced by the iSchools program in its first three years of implementation is the lack of connectivity given the geographic location the schools are situated in areas beyond or barely within the reach of mobile broadband providers Meanwhile Calma said CICT together with its partner State Universities and Colleges ensure that every school beneficiary should have electricity to be able to use the computers and access the internet Before we give out the computers we have to make sure that the schools would be able to use the computers because if there is no electricity there is no point in giving the computers Calma added CICT does project briefings to the school personnel before the schools are officially given computers Were not just giving computers they have counterpart responsibility taking care of the electricity they have to make sure that they pay for the internet and ensure the security of the school so that the units do not get stolen he said Calma said the agency has a yearly programme assessment in order for them to have better ideas to sustain the project He adds they coordinate with stakeholders on how to improve the hardware Given that we have a tropical climate sometimes there is a certain hardware that is better suited for the provinces so we try to adapt to those needs he cited Calma said the agency used to deploy Cathode Ray Tube monitors which consumes more electricity When we learnt that

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    another three courses including lessons in Tamil and English Shilpa Sayura s open source software was given away to non profit educational providers and to rural Nansalas a chain of government developed telecentres These telecentres in Sri Lanka fulfill many roles Some provide connection to the web but also offer fax photocopying and printing services They make money from phone calls VOIP and provide a bill payment service They are also places the government hopes where other ICT projects can bloom The blog Technology and Cultural Festival in Kandiyapitawew from Sri Lanka explains the educational benefits of the project The Shilpa Sayura e learning package covers eight school subjects in Sinhala from grade six to O level Shilpa Sayura s simple interactive means of self study caters to students in remote communities with no access to urban educational resources Still in its pilot stage Shilpa Sayura now operates in 20 Nenasalas or tele centers located in distant villages and promotes the concept of self learning among students in these secluded communities The next phase would be the transformation of Shilpa Sayura into a National project to strengthen rural education and bridge the gap between rural and urban students M Pesa The next project takes place in Kenya where the blog Global Warming contends the mobile phone is revolutionising society Image credits Global voices online M Pesa agent in Bunda M Pesa began in 2007 as a way to perform simple banking transactions through cell phones The telecom firms behind the project didn t charge registration fees or require customers to have a bank account often a major hurdle in Kenya because few people deal with traditional banks Once signed up customers can use the M Pesa application to pay bills purchase more phone credits and transfer money within Kenya through

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    South Asia Info Teachers in Bangladesh lead content development for their classrooms 05 April 2011 Under the Access to Information programme in Bangladesh teachers across the country are developing digital multimedia content for their classrooms 30 000 teachers in Bangladesh are poised to lead content development with the prodding of the Access to Information A2I Programme of the Prime Minister s Office In secondary schools across the country teachers are developing multimedia content for general subjects for classroom use To help the teachers along A2I has developed some sample content for the teachers so that they can get ideas of how to develop their own content said Afzal Hossain Sarwar Consultant A2I Besides this sample content A2I has also developed e books from all of the national curriculum textbooks and created e content on education health and agriculture for Bangladesh s National e Content Repository a portal with information in written audio video animation formats for the population s use To date the Teacher led Digital Content Training Programme has developed educational TV programmes an education portal for teachers across the country to share content scaled up the multimedia classroom initiatives and organised a Digital Education Content Competition for teachers

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    CTA centre in Nayapara one of two refugee camps that together are home to 28 000 registered refugees from Myanmar in Bangladesh With 24 glimmering solar panels on its roof the CTA centre uses renewable energy to power 15 computers It is an innovative sustainable solution in an extraordinarily challenging environment Piloted in the remote and rugged conditions of Bangladesh and Rwanda the CTA project is a new partnership between UNHCR Microsoft and PricewaterhouseCoopers that will bring the benefits of information and communication technology to refugee camps in nine more countries this year Here in Nayapara south of Cox s Bazar on the border with Myanmar eager young refugees work six days a week on the computers chatting to one another excitedly and pointing to the screen as they master new skills Over a 10 week course 150 students learn the basics of computing something they never dreamed possible inside a closed camp Over a 10 week course 150 students learn the basics of computing something they never dreamed possible inside a closed camp Toslima was such a fast learner she was put in charge of helping explain the lessons and monitor students progress Microsoft Word PowerPoint Excel says Toslima reeling off the brands of software she has learned to use I can use these programs for accounting or to make results sheets she adds She navigates through the encyclopedia software and highlights images and information she had not seen before the moon landing the number of countries belonging to the United Nations the roads of London a map of Italy In a culturally conservative society Toslima is a vital role model for other teenage girls in the camp who continue to face significant pressure to leave school upon reaching puberty and marry at a very young age She along

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    better understand and manage their personal energy usage and reduce consumption Washington US software giant Microsoft has recently launched a free online home energy monitoring tool that allows consumers to gauge their energy usage and reduce consumption Microsoft Hohm available as a beta or test version in the United States at microsoft hohm com lets users better understand their energy usage get recommendations and start saving money We believe technology will play a pivotal role in tackling the global energy issues we currently face Craig Mundie chief research and strategy officer at Microsoft said in a statement Microsoft Hohm demonstrates how a combination of advanced software and Internet based services can help people track understand and manage their personal energy usage he said Microsoft said Microsoft Hohm uses advanced analytics licensed from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the US Department of Energy It said Hohm provides suggestions for energy conservation based on home energy input data and feedback contributed by users Savings recommendations can range from caulking windows to removing air leaks to installing a programmable thermostat Microsoft said It said consumers who are customers of a Microsoft Hohm utility partner company will be able in the near future to automatically upload their energy usage data into the application Microsoft is partnering with four West Coast utility companies on Microsoft Hohm Puget Sound Energy Sacramento Municipal Utility District Seattle City Light and Xcel Energy Microsoft Hohm will help our customers be more energy efficient by providing new insights and understanding into how they use energy and how they can conserve it said Steve Reynolds chief executive of Puget Sound Energy Microsoft s launch of Hohm comes a month after Google announced that it had partnered with energy companies in six US states Canada and India in smart meter software

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    South Asia Info Smart power choice powered by Google 10 June 2009 Mandakini Gahlot Residents of Mumbai Delhi and Orissa in India will soon find out all they wanted to know about power consumption in their homes tracking it online right down to the last unit with Google s Power Meter New Delhi Does your air conditioner consume more power than your cooler Do you use electricity if you leave your charger in its socket overnight The tool for this would be the PowerMeter an online service that global web giant Google is planning to launch worldwide to help people make smart choices about energy consumption The company recently announced that it has entered into a partnership with eight power utilities across the world Reliance Energy being one of them in India to launch the PowerMeter Google PowerMeter can show people their electricity consumption on their home computer The software relies on smart meters as a data source Over the past few months we have been looking to partner with utilities that are installing this equipment in their customers homes Our initial partners include utilities with millions of customers as well as smaller ones said a Google spokesperson In India

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    2009 This publication based on Academy for Educational Development AED experience shows examples of the practical application of small technology that have a big impact around the developing world Marketing Feeds Mobiles offer lifelines in Africa It argues that technology has dramatically changed the world whereby almost anyone can move at internet speed People who were marginalised are able to find information on acquiring micro loans to start businesses and villages previously unconnected to the telecommunications grid now have affordable cell phone access The document cites many examples of technological devices that are revolutionising rural communities For example flash drives are being used in almost every country as back up to electronic records as a media transfer device and as a means of communicating through shared information In the Philippines payments of micro loans are possible by cell phone reducing time consuming and costly travel to larger towns or cities to service such loans Diaspora communities around the world wire money back home to their families using the top up minutes recharge feature thereby reducing costly bank or transfer fees as well as possible corruption In Rwanda cell phones using SMS text messaging have been used for voter registration both

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    the so called bottom of the economic pyramid to improve his economic prospects bettering the quality of life for his entire family If the mobile phone can help the fishermen extend his contacts and increase his market price think of what it would do to the working poor all over the world This year the number of worldwide mobile phone users hit 4 6 billion people Much of that growth has taken place in the developing world And as phones expanded in some countries so did economic development at least that s what cellphone companies have said While the numbers remain strong and the digital divide may be decreasing one problem remains The fisherman story is a little out of date Like other things technology has moved on If ICTs are going to continue to positively affect human development they must also keep up I wonder if anyone envisions a world where ICTs for the industrialised world will be much the same as those for the millions of users in the developing world Richard Heeks argues that ICTs will require a new outlook on how they view the poor People in developing countries should no longer be characterised as passive consumers Instead they should be seen as active producers and innovators Yochai Benkler is a Harvard University professor of entrepreneurial legal studies and the co director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society which hosted the September 23 24 forum Communication and Development The Freedom Connection In an essay written for the forum Benkler argues the next generation of ICTs must continue to be flexible and dynamic while also becoming more powerful Perhaps designers will leverage cloud applications social software or organisational tools But mobile phones alone will not solve the problem The reason mobile phones were such a successful early ICT platform in poorer countries was that they are much cheaper and they rely on networks that run all the intelligence in the network allowing for very cheap edge devices Yet it was precisely the stupidity or simplicity of the network relative to the intelligence or computational complexity of the edge devices that was so critical to the development of the network information economy and society as it has A drive to make cheap devices available throughout poorer countries that does not take account of whether the cheapness comes at the expense of a truly open neutral network will result in a very different kind of ICT platform than the one we imagine as so creative and productive in the wealthier economies Here is his recipe for the next generation of ICTs for development Devices must be cheap enough to be widely distributed as basic background features owned by individuals in a pattern uncorrelated with pre existing power relations Devices must be accompanied with skills training in the use of the device and the open network so that the difficulty of use does not continue to drive people to the simpler devices that deliver the more predictable controlled

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