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    literacy in rural India Millee is an inspiring project that uses mobile gaming technology to enhance access to literacy among children of school going age in the developing world Image credits Pluggd In Mobile gaming for rural India The problem statement is very simple most of the kids in rural India do not have access to a decent level of education to top that most of these kids end up working in the farm during the day time do families understand the importance of formal education And of course the English speaking teachers do not know English well enough to teach the same to kids Millee i e Mobile and Immersive Learning for Literacy in Emerging Economies is a project started by Dr Matthew Kam from UC Berkley The foundational games that we built have gone through numerous iterations since 2006 through formative evaluations with four communities of rural and urban slums learners in both North and South India By field testing with multiple communities we observed user behaviours with the technology that generalise across settings Through ethnographic studies we also studied how social factors such as gender and caste affected MILLEE gameplay in everyday rural environments Currently the games

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/mobile-games-promoting-literacy-in-rural-india/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    people Becta s latest publication The impact of digital technology shows how ICTs are playing powerful role in enhancing learner s efficiency greater engagement and improving performance The impact of digital technology A review of the evidence of the impact of digital technologies on formal education Publisher Becta November 2009 11 24 Digital skills are important to social and economic participation There is now a growing body of national and international evidence demonstrating the positive impact of digital technologies on measurable learning outcomes Image credits Becta Cover page of the report The outcome of the study shows that classes with online learning whether completely online or blended on average produce stronger learning outcomes than learning face to face alone Young people with a computer at home are less likely to play truant at ages 14 and 16 than those without computer access For example having access to a computer at home is associated with a 5 8 reduction in the likelihood of playing truant at age 16 Researchers have pointed to well crafted use of technology benefiting for example increased learner effectiveness or performance gains increased learner efficiency greater learner engagement or satisfaction and more positive student attitudes to learning Learners of all ages are also exhibiting new behaviours as a result of ubiquitous high functioning technologies Changes may be relatively mundane such as replacing the school folder with a memory stick or more profound as when learners voluntarily seek out expertise beyond the traditional classroom Though these developments are not necessarily transformational there are very real changes in behaviour that have resulted from the exponential change in both the functionality and the cost of technology The document suggests ways for education in this digital world There are broadly three strategies A minimum emphasis on technology not a comfortable option

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/feature/improving-learning-in-the-digital-world/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    from the community Das explains They led to the realisation that many of the children needed counselling facilities and that the programmes needed to be done in a very different manner Deepa Kar of Hitoisha a Kolkata based NGO who has been instrumental in turning some extremely talented children into child reporters recalls Some of the children who were selected from Hitoisha to be trained as child reporters were earlier in touch with our organisation for remedial studies to help them complete and compete in their studies Fifteen year old Aparna Chakraborty was one such regular at Hitoisha who was also learning how to sew One day Deepadi told me that children were being trained to be reporters and that I should try to get selected I come from a poor family and naturally my parents were hesitant However since we have known Deepadi for a long time my parents agreed to let me give it a shot says Aparna Like Aparna Shubhodeep Mistry and Tanmoy Noskar also sought to be selected for the training The selection process was simple the children had to show RadioJU what they could do best If Aparna was selected because she could articulate an opinion well Shubhodeep was good at cracking jokes and Tanmoy was a talented singer The first day I attended the training I was very scared as there were so many of us says Aparna This is a good thing because it gives me an opportunity to learn many things After the initial training when the children began to file stories from the community they were accompanied and helped by students from Jadavpur University So far the child reporters have interviewed UNICEF India chief Karin Hulshof physically challenged Olympian Masid ur Rahman Baidya Loreto School s Sister Cyril All India Radio s Manash Pratim Das and police officer Kanishka Sarkar All the interviews were aired on Community RadioJU Aparna says My mother is very happy with me these days as I have changed a lot She says that I have channelised my energy This is a good thing because it gives me an opportunity to learn many things Initially I used to be very shy Today I am able to ask my own questions during an interview Also I am careful how I dress and speak when in the company of outsiders Aparna has just passed Class X and although her parents were not very keen has sought admission in Class XI I know how my life has changed I know I can be a reporter and I am willing to work hard for it When I graduate I will pursue this as I will be able to go to many places and see and learn new things Deepa sees a big change in Shubhodeep too Earlier he was a very shy boy Now he likes to be in charge He also wants to do more things Team members at RadioJU recall that at a function when the media turned to

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/child-radio-rjs-of-the-city-of-joy/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    Action Appropriate Technology Choice OneWorld South Asia Info WFP reaches out to schools via web 01 June 2009 WFP is reaching out to schools to inform teachers and students on global hunger by integrating the issue into lessons on geography science social studies and mathematics Image credits WFP Rein Skullerud World hunger can be brought into lessons on geography science social studies and even mathematics Rome WFP has created a set of online resources on its website that will help teachers bring hunger issues into the classroom where their students tomorrow s voters and policy makers can learn about the challenges that world hunger poses Graham Bell WFP s Youth Outreach Coordinator has been a key figure in developing the new Teachers and Students section on the WFP website He says young people and educators are crucial when it comes to effecting change in attitudes to hunger and poverty The Teachers and Students section contains videos games maps news hunger statistics and ready to use cross curricular lesson plans exploring hunger issues In the pipeline is a standards aligned online curriculum mapping service that will enable teachers to freely use teaching materials and develop complete curricula centred on hunger Work

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/spotlight/wfp-reaches-out-to-schools-via-web/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    as possible Focus attention on the special vulnerability of girls to HIV and AIDS Reinforce an existing commitment by the G20 countries to social protection with an emphasis on ensuring that social systems are both child sensitive and AIDS inclusive Social protection uses measures ranging from transfers of cash to legislation to support health financial stability and equality for children and their families How the programme works The I m Part of the G8 Too site encourages visitors to leave their names and to upload a picture showing what it means for them to have a place at the summit All of the photos will be compiled into an online gallery with the best ones selected for the programme s homepage Ultimately the site will serve as an interactive online petition On 9 July delegates from the J8 the junior version of the G8 will personally deliver the names of those participating in the I m Part of the G8 Too programme and a selection of the best photos to leaders attending the meeting The J8 brings together young people aged 14 17 from around the world to consider the same issues the G8 countries address and to draft recommendations for the leaders to consider Cost effective efforts At the gathering in L Aquila signs of support for UNICEF s goals will be crucial Evidence from previous global economic crises indicates that women and children often fare worst at such times The organisation wants to ensure that funding for programmes to aid the most vulnerable including those affected by HIV and AIDS is protected despite the downturn It is far more cost effective to protect funding for HIV programmes at current levels than to cut it now for short term gain and hope to restore it later What s more

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/spotlight/people-get-a-virtual-seat-at-the-g8-summit/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    mutual goals are adding to the African educational system and equipping young Africans with the skills that they require Among the African team are experienced authors such as the famous radio soap writer Chrispin Mwakideu The shows are broadcast everywhere in Sub Saharan Africa In cooperation with 201 local radio stations the programmes usually air on short wave radio twice a week The production is in six languages English Kiswahili French Hausa Portuguese and Amharic Additionally all episodes are available in these languages for download as podcasts and pdfs on the Deutsche Welle website making them accessible to Africans and the worldwide community while also allowing them to be reused as teaching materials Radio Edutainment Young African girls and boys between the ages of twelve and twenty are the audience that the Learning by Ear team aims to reach and teach but not in a tedious or lecturing manner The intention of the project is not to act as a substitute for schools and universities but instead to complement educational institutions by providing content in the form of edutainment an entertaining rather than strictly scholastic format Using this approach the programmes reach out in more than one direction not only towards the mind but also towards the heart The result is a pool of diverse content articulated in an African voice with which the listeners can readily connect as they pick the topics they are personally interested in and curious about There is a lot to choose from The productions embracing important subjects relevant to Africa and beyond are based around ten key themes with ten episodes each These include globalisation in Africa Africa s environment women and girls in Africa health issues in general with an emphasis on HIV political participation jobs and training general knowledge and computer and

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/spotlight/love-is-in-the-ear/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    world s largest online learning programme Students from remote areas can exchange details through SMS on their culture and stay connected to their peers Students from around the world will be able to learn together by using SMS in the new school year 2009 2010 Students use short text messages to learn about each others cultures Photo credit IICD The IICD supported and initiated Global Teenager Project will experiment with using SMS to ensure that schools without internet access can also participate in one of the world s largest online learning programmes Although the Global Teenager Project was already widely spread throughout the world the programme was only accessible for schools with an internet connection With the new SMS component it is possible for schools in rural areas with limited or no access to internet to participate in the project Through the internet classes around the world ask each other questions about a certain theme such as politics in my country teen life and how HIV AIDS affects the world that they also talked about in class This way they earn from each others cultures With the new SMS component it is now also possible for schools in rural areas with very limited or no access to the internet to participate in the project Participating schools work together in learning circles These circles consist of groups of 8 to 12 classes throughout the world that work together on one theme by asking each other questions This asks for a slightly different approach says Bob Hofman coordinator of the Global Teenager Project Students have to write shorter sentences when they ask questions and introduce themselves Even for students in schools where there is internet this way of mobile learning could be useful because they can now speak to their peers from

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/spotlight/mobile-learning-for-students-worldwide/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    100 in 2012 Aiming to connect millions of children in Related topics regions Innovations Dareecha opens a window of new technology learning in rural Pakistan A social technology initiative Dareecha for schoolchildren and teachers in rural Pakistan fosters a process of larger changes in the community addressing Related topics regions Children DataWind UN call for Apps to empower women DataWind and the United Nations have announced global call for socially responsible Applications to empower women Related topics regions Digital Let your child learn with ZooPAL an interactive iPad App The App is developed with a vision to impart critical skills and help pre schoolers understand the primary problem solving aptitude Related topics regions Children Now an app to help children build vocabulary The app recognizes 1 500 words and verbally recognizes 500 of those by name and is available in India on both iOS and Android Related topics regions Digital Has digitisation made civic life easier in Bangladesh Digitisation has created awareness on women and child rights family planning female education repression birth registration drug addiction speakers said Related topics regions Children Children s talk show goes on air in India Choti Choti Batein a new community radio programme produced

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/search?b_start:int=30&Subject:list=Children (2016-02-17)
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