Technology-enhanced learning in developing countries

Ideas on how to improve education in developing countries through technology. Under construction!

  • Insightful article by Tony Bates on the potential of distance education in Afghanistan. Many of his insights hold true generally – including that for distance education to work, there must be basic infrastructure in place (schols, teachers, electricity, water, security). And that:

Distance education [should not be] not seen or sold as an alternative to decent schools and local schoolteachers, but as a supplement to a regular education system.

  • This BBC Bottom Line podcast about “the education business” has some interesting insights into low-cost education in developing countries.
  • Omega Schools is a chain of private, low-cost schools in Ghana. How could technology help improve the standard of education in these schools without blowing the meager budget?
  • Snapshot of eLearning initiatives in developing countries from Daily Monitor: Digitisation will change the face of education.
  • Powering Potential. New York-based non-profit. “Educating-Through-Technology is Powering Potential’s flagship program to enhance education through technology. Working at Tanzanian government rural secondary schools, we install a solar energy system, an Internet-enabled computer network with embedded educational content and provide technology training.””Our fiscal sponsor is the International Collaborative for Science, Education and the Environment (ICSEE).”
  • RACHEL (Remote Access Community Hotspots for Education and Learning), produced by Worldpossible.org. “An initiative to make available rich and curated educational content to places where no Internet connectivity is available or the available bandwidth is unusable for most practical purposes.” “It includes selected Wikipedia content, Khan Academy math and science videos, medical encyclopedias and literature from the gutenberg.org collection.”
  •  eLearning Africa, the international conference on ICT for development, education and training in Africa. May 29-31 2013. Some ideas as to its potential: http://www.africanbusinessreview.co.za/business_leaders/elearning-conference-spotlights-africas-innovations
  • Learn Nepal, Lead Nepal initiative to bring worldPad eLearning to Nepalese schoolchildren. ““Learn Nepal, Lead Nepal integrates learning in science, technology, engineering and math with education for sustainable development and cultural pluralism,” said Richard Shapiro, Vice President of Education and Public Policy at Pixatel. “Pixatel has merged technical and educational expertise to develop subject based supplemental e-Learning curricula that provides students access to global knowledge that is relevant to Nepal.”
  • Need to investigate the potential of low-cost tablets like worldPad and low-cost computers like Raspberry Pi.

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