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    the use of interactive radio in improving educational quality in conventional classrooms and promoting active learning among non school goers Tuned In to Student Success Assessing the Impact of Interactive Radio Instruction for the Hardest to reach Authors Jennifer Ho and Hetal Thukral Publisher Education Development Center EDC February 2009 Interactive Radio Instruction IRI is an instructional tool designed to deliver active learning by radio It delivers daily 30 minute radio broadcasts that promote active learning and are designed to improve educational quality and teaching practices in schools and to deliver a complete basic education to learners not in school Image credits EDC Cover page of the report Data gathered between 1975 and 2000 demonstrated that Interactive Radio Instruction IRI had improved learning outcomes in conventional classrooms by between 10 and 20 when compared with control classrooms not using IRI IRI is an effective delivery mechanism for in service professional development as teachers are able to actively employ improved instructional techniques in the classroom while undergoing radio based training Teachers not only demonstrated a better understanding of pedagogical concepts emphasised by broadcasts but more frequently utilised active learning and student centered techniques in lessons independent of radio guidance The manual looks into the aspects of learning outcomes by subject on the impact of IRI on pre primary and early childhood learning outcomes radio based in service professional development for primary school teachers The document has been broadly organised in the following sections Student learning outcomes by subject area Student learning outcomes in early childhood education Teacher professional development observation outcomes Student learning outcomes with marginalised populations Citing examples from various countries the manual highlights the impact of IRI on the learning outcomes of four key marginalised groups girls orphans and vulnerable children learners in fragile states and those in rural

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/feature/developing-aptitude-with-interactive-radio/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    to connect local and international students and broaden international understanding Watch video on the learning circle in action in Ghana Source globalteenager Welcome to the DOC Blog hosted by OneWorld South Asia We invite you to share learn debate and discuss ICTs and the various ways in which they are being employed to promote development worldwide Feed On Posts Tag Cloud Development Community Radio Open source Capacity building Access to

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/blog/mar2009/global-teenagers-in-ghana/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    from the Universities of Aberdeen and Dundee and Capability Scotland Pupils from Corseford School in Renfrewshire were first to trial it I was happy to take part in How was school today It made me feel good about myself Nicole Vallery Corseford School pupil with cerebral palsy Dr Ehud Reiter from the University of Aberdeen s school of natural and computing sciences said How was school today uses sensors swipe cards and a recording device to gather information on what the child using the system has experienced at school that day This can then be turned into a story by the computer using what is called natural language generation which the pupils can then share when they get home The system is designed to support a more interactive narration allowing children to easily talk about their school day and to quickly answer questions Rolf Black from the University of Dundee s school of computing said For a child with severe motor disabilities and limited or no speech holding a conversation is often very difficult and limited to short one to two word answers To tell a longer story a communication device is often needed to form sentences but this can be very time consuming putting a lot of strain on holding and controlling the conversation Talk easily Sue Williams head teacher at Capability Scotland s Corseford School in Kilbarchan said In the week we used the system we found it very useful to pupils teachers therapists and parents alike It allows children to take control of the conversation without having to rely on help from us Image credits BBC Children said they enjoyed using the new software Nicole Vallery and Rebecca Clelland were two of the pupils at Corseford to test the new software Nicole 11 who has cerebral palsy

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/software-gives-children-a-voice/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    Pacific before long a report on digital trends in the region has predicted Image credits FutureGov Mobile phones in the classroom In the Philippines which sends more text messages than any country the mobile phone and SMS are being used as the primary means for interactive learning SMS is also being used to inform students of schedule changes deadlines examination regulations grades new courses and library resources In Indonesia and Mongolia the focus of e learning innovation is also the mobile phone Student groups and organisations use the mobile phone to publicise social activities job fairs and book discounts as well as for voting in student elections University administrators are using mobile phones to coordinate the admissions process to conduct marketing campaigns and announce grants surveys policies and emergency information like bad weather and suspension of classes the report called Digital Review of Asia Pacific has found However the report found that while most students in South Asia use computers very few have internet access India Indonesia Laos Mongolia the Philippines and Thailand were found to be needing an internet based distance education boost E learning is seen to work in Cambodia but lack of institutional support and a negative

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/could-the-mobile-phone-replace-the-blackboard/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    from Tanzania and distribute it completely free of charge Since launching early this month we have welcomed over 18 000 visitors he said He noted that with so many different sources of information available on Tanzania s education just knowing where to start looking can be an intimidating and costly prospect This was my major reason of coming up with Somatanzania org To make this whole process as simple and painless as possible For example a few weeks ago we had a teacher from Switzerland contacting us through the site about a volunteering opportunity in a Tanzanian school he said On how Tanzanians can benefit from this venture he said the number of institutions that have been registered right from pre school to university and professional level is huge However finding accurate information about schools and institutions in this country can be really hard Parents do struggle spending a lot of time and money to find schools With our website parents can now take a virtual tour from school to school by using a mouse he said He said the education forum will contribute to education policy through debate on the current issues structures and expectations at all levels of Tanzania s education He noted that their database has also got an education atlas to Tanzania s useful educational sites where one can find exactly what they are looking for quickly and easily On why they came up with an online spelling bee which they have also exhibited at Saba Saba he said English is used as a medium of instruction in all secondary schools and higher learning institutions in the country but it still remains a communication barrier between teachers and students in the classroom To eliminate the problem teachers and students have devised various activities that are meant

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/tanzania-new-portal-on-education-launched/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    increase the number of girls studying ICT at all levels of education system in Ghana was launched in Accra on Tuesday The programme also seeks to within a few years establish a substantive number of competent women ICT professionals holding jobs at all levels in the ICT sector as well as setting up their own ICT businesses to create jobs and reduce unemployment Launching the programme Mr Haruna Iddrisu Minister of Communication said the project had the potential for girls to help close the gender disparity in ICT in Ghana He said the idea to establish the programme came out of the Girls in ICT celebration instituted by the International Telecommunication Union ITU and observed in April 26 Participants at that celebration agreed that such a programme should be instituted and sustained in Ghana to benefit girls in both urban and underserved rural communities An ad hoc committee was then constituted comprising 11 women ICT development experts chaired by Ms Eva Lokko former Director General of Ghana Broadcasting Corporation GBC to provide policy inputs and programmes to facilitate sustainable and collaborative policy development in the four Ministerial sectors of Education Environment and Science Information Technology and Women and Children Affairs Mr Iddrisu urged more girls to discard the notion that ICT was a man reserve and endeavour to enter into that field so they could help Catapult Ghana to a new height in her quest for equal partner status in the ICTR economy Government is determined to sponsor more girls into ICT as its contribution to mainstream gender in ICT he said The Sector Minister announced that a digital device project would soon be launched to enable ISSER undertake a nation wide studies to access the situation of the digital divide in the country Ms Lokko said the ICT programme

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    inaugurated Mukta Vidya Vani an interactive modern education communication channel for 24x7 streaming of audio content for the National Institute for open Schooling NIOS Riding on the world wide web Mukta Vidya Vani will allow for participatory and cost effective educational content in the form of audio and video products The multi channel package is offered by the NIOS involves an academic perspective together with the technical responsibilities of production of audio and video programmes which are one of the most important components of the multi channel package offered by the NIOS NIOS is similar to IGNOU and has a major role in augmenting school education besides supporting school dropouts According to experts Mukta Vidya Vani is designed to enable a two way communication with any audience having access to an internet connection from the NIOS studio situated in Noida in the National Capital Region Mukta Vidya Vani will be complemented by NIOS newly launched website that is designed to meets the needs of its learners and is also disabled friendly An MoU signed between the NIOS and the National Informatics Centre NIC will help develop skill based courses on web designing in accordance with the guidelines for Indian government websites This will provide vertical and lateral mobility of learners from the school level in the web designing course One of the reason for Mukta Vidya Vani to ride on the world wide web is NIOS not being able to obtain a frequency for operating a community radio license This is a handicap especially since a large number of regional centres and study centres engaged in counselling Sixteen regional centres of NIOS were involved in an interactive exercise in the run up to Mukta Vidya Vani in the first phase It involved lectures to 10 students at each centre that

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/india-internet-based-audio-visual-service-to-aid-in-schooling/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    in South Africa opening the door to them to participate in advanced regional and global research collaborations The link connects higher education institutions within the Zambia Research and Education Network to those in South Africa s Tertiary Education Network TENET using internet infrastructure supplied by the UbuntuNet Alliance a Malawi based association of research and education networks covering southern and eastern Africa The link will in particular enable Zambia s researchers to participate in global e learning schemes and help them share large datasets with colleagues around the world Medical researchers will be early beneficiaries as high definition images can now be shared and investigated collaboratively Margaret Ngwira UbuntuNet Alliance s special projects coordinator told SciDev Net Research and education data can now be shared nationally regionally and globally on a high quality secure network she said adding that this brings the Zambian research and education community into the global community permitting their participation in cutting edge research Moffat Nyirenda a professor at the University of Malawi s College of Medicine hopes the initiative will allow regional universities to move away from using satellite based connections which experience long transmission delays As researchers we produce large amounts of data and to be able to communicate within groups you need a secure and reliable means of communication Nyirenda said This new link will help to develop regional teams of researchers Ngwira said the link is the first building block in a regional southern African network She added that the EU funded AfricaConnect project a four year programme that aims to establish a high capacity Internet network for research and education in southern and eastern Africa is expected to be rolled out later in the year This should allow most other countries in the region to link up through a high speed

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/high-speed-internet-links-southern-african-universities/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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