18 Things To Know About Education In Chile

We have lots of Edudemic readers from Chile so we thought this would be quite useful: a look at education in Chile.


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Kenya: Knut dares minister as war of nerves continue

The more than 240,000 striking teachers were on Friday told to return to work or their salaries will be withheld.


Educational Administration and Leadership | Online and Distance Learning

This page provides information on what is studied in educational administration and leadership degrees, where to find them, the career prospects, and more ...


Read more at: http://onlineanddistancelearning.com/educational-administration-and-leadership


ICDE - A Guide to Quality in Online Learning

This newly published guide from Academic Partnerships is edited by former President and CEO of the Commonwealth of Learning and former ICDE President, Sir John

Now the Government Knows You're a Dog

"On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog." In this Sunday comic, we see how that adage has changed due to recent events.


How online education can create a 'global classroom'

Around the world, and in developing nations especially, there is an overwhelming demand for higher education.

Despite worldwide increases in tertiary enrolment numbers, there still remains disparity between those with access to quality education and those without.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, for example, only 6% of college-age students are enrolled in higher education.


Read more at: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/06/21/business/opinion-koller-education-petersburg-forum/?hpt=hp_c5

Google Handed Over Emails of Wikileaks Volunteers to U.S. Government

Google handed over a vast amount of data pertaining to the Gmail accounts of two former Wikileaks volunteers to the U.S. government.

The targets of the court orders are Smari McCarthy and Herbert Snorrason, both from Iceland. McCarthy is an Internet activist and computer programmer who worked for Wikileaks until 2010. Snorrason helped manage the whistleblowing's website chatroom for two months in 2010.


Read more at: http://mashable.com/2013/06/22/google-wikileaks/


Open Source and Open Educational Resources

Open source software (OSS) and open educational resources (OER) share a common heritage and philosophy - they are both about giving everyone access and permission to use, change and re-use material.  


Read more at: http://onlineanddistancelearning.com/open-source


"I'm going back to the start" - What is a MOOC?

Written and Narrated by Dave Cormier;

Video by Neal Gillis;

Researchers: Dave Cormier, Alexander McAuley, George Siemens, Bonnie Stewart.


View on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/eW3gMGqcZQc

Stewart-Marshall's insight:
Uploaded in December 2010 - before Coursera and Udacity existed - this is an excellent video explaining the original connectivist conception of a MOOC before MOOCing was massified :-)


June 20, 2013: IJEDICT Weekly News is out

"IJEDICT Weekly News", by Stewart Marshall: A free, online newspaper with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos about the us of ICT in education for development.


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RSVP Now to Debate MOOCs Impact in the Developing World

What is the impact of MOOCs on education in the developing world?

Do MOOCs offer massive opportunity to move past the limited physical constraints of the developing world’s universities? Could we see MOOCs break past even the online and distance education gains to become a paradigm shift in educating the youth bulge that is overwhelming formal educational structures?Or are MOOCs just the latest fad in moving from the tried and true in-person relationship between professor and student? Do they replace in-depth analysis and learning with superficial glances at complex topics? Will MOOCs dilute the university degree even more, reducing higher education to just another certificate of perseverance instead of an indicator of intelligence?

To help answer these questions and formulate a direction for MOOCs in development, T-Rex is organizing a unique in-person discussion in Washington, DC, informed by educational technology luminaries and experts in education, development, and technology. 

T-Rex is an interactive discussion series on technology for development hosted by the Center for Collaborative Technologies at IREX in partnership with Kurante.


Read more at: http://www.ictworks.org/2013/06/17/rsvp-now-to-debate-moocs-in-the-developing-world/

Studying a Masters in Secondary Education online

If you have obtained a Bachelors degree and passed the required examinations to begin teaching, you may be beginning to explore options for expanding your teaching opportunities and earning a greater income.  Getting a secondary education masters degree can open doors that lead to more challenging educational or administrative positions in the subject area for which you are most passionate.

Find out about masters in secondary education online programs, where you can take them, the career and salary prospects, and more ...


Read more at: http://onlineanddistancelearning.com/masters-in-secondary-education

HumanWrit.es: the notebook company helping underprivileged kids

This is pretty cool. Social innovation startup HumanWrit.es, which donates 10 exercise books to classrooms of school children in need for every one of its Writable notebooks sold, has released a video showing its most recent donation delivery.

The most recent donation of 20 000 exercise books were delivered to over 200 pre-schools that form part of the Ithemba Labantwana community forum, operated under the umbrella of Ikamva Labantu, the company’s partner organization.

The give-away exercise books include tools for reading and writing in both Xhosa and English, drawing and colouring-in, some basic maths and dotted pages for free thinking, writing and drawing.


Read more at: http://ventureburn.com/2013/06/humanwrit-es-meet-the-innovative-notebook-company-thats-helping-underprivileged-kids/


e-Learning conference calls for sustainable innovation - University World News

The 8th International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training – aka e-Learning Africa – ended in the Namibian capital Windhoek with delegates calling for homegrown, sustainable innovation in e-learning to spur development across Africa.

Discussions during the three-day conference revolved around local innovation in education, healthcare delivery, livelihoods and agriculture, especially for rural communities.

In the final debate, Dr Adele Botha, an expert in implementing and using mobile technologies in goal-oriented interactions, teamed up with Angelo Gitonga from the Ministry of Education in Kenya to argue that innovation should take precedence over sustainability.
In closing the conference, Namibia’s Minister of Education Dr David Namwandi argued, to rapturous applause, that innovation and sustainability were “twin brothers” that should be vigorously promoted to develop communities.

Read more at: http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20130614181614760

Namibia: How ICT Could Develop Education

As a country Namibia formulated a long-term vision, called Vision 2030 that reflects the hopes and aspirations of the people. This overarching vision is to have a prosperous and industrialized nation by 2013. The 4th National Development Plan (NDP4) is formulated to realize Vision 2030 and it has an entire key results area, which is expected to create a knowledge-based economy and a technology-driven nation.

ICT offers tools and systems that can improve planning, administration and management of education at local regional and national levels. Mobile applications, databases and electronic networks can be used to enable a more efficient management of the education system. Communication tools can help ensure that policies and directives are followed through at all levels of the education system, as well as improving its responsiveness to local realities.

 Read more at: http://allafrica.com/stories/201306140827.html


Effective Communication Techniques for Teachers Online Course

This ALISON Free Online Course - Effective Communication Techniques for Teachers - will teach you about the register in a classroom and how to use it in a way that is most beneficial to students’ thinking. Discover the four main structures of participation in teaching, how they influence communication, and some of the the advantages and disadvantages to each. 


Read more at: http://alison.com/courses/Effective-Communication-Techniques-for-Teachers


Video Shows How ICT Can Improve Healthcare in Africa

iicd.org – IICD released a video that shows how hospitals, health clinics and health community workers throughout Africa improve their performance thanks to continuous training, mobile phones, computers, digital cameras and much more.


Take the lead in Elementary Education with an online Masters degree

A masters in elementary education online is often necessary for a position as an administrator, curriculum developer, or education program director.
This page provides information on what is studied and where you can study these programs.

Find out more about online elementary education masters degrees: http://onlineanddistancelearning.com/online-elementary-education-masters

What is involved in studying an Elementary Education degree online?

An elementary school teacher needs flexibility to be able to teach across several systems/modes.  They also need to be able to teach a range of areas and ages.
This page provides information on elementary education online degrees, what is studied in them, where you can study them, the prospects, and more ...

Read more at: http://onlineanddistancelearning.com/elementary-education-online-degrees

10 Open Source Tools For Busy Teachers - Edudemic

If you need some powerful software right now and don't have time or money to waste, these open source tools are perfect for you.

Read more at: http://www.edudemic.com/2013/06/10-open-source-tools-for-busy-teachers/

Google to use balloons to provide free Internet access to remote or poor areas

Project Loon will use giant helium balloons in the stratosphere to beam WiFi signals down to the ground.
Mike Cassidy, the director of Project Loon, said the aim is to provide much cheaper Internet connections around the world. In many African nations, for example, monthly Internet costs are higher than monthly salaries.
“We are focused on an enormous problem, and we don’t think we have the one solution today,” he said in a phone interview from New Zealand. “But we think we can help and start having a discussion on how to get 5 billion people in remote areas” connected to the Internet.

Read more and see video at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/google-to-use-balloons-to-provide-internet-access-to-remote-areas/2013/06/14/f9d78196-d507-11e2-a73e-826d299ff459_story.html


Sugata Mitra TED 2013 winning talk

Education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education -- the best teachers and schools don't exist where they're needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching.
Read More here ~ http://bit.ly/XcKalA ;

See the video on YouTube: http://youtu.be/zpcEpmNbHds ;


June 13, 2013: IJEDICT Weekly News is out

"IJEDICT Weekly News", by Stewart Marshall: A free online newspaper with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos about ICT for education and development.

Read and subscribe free online at: http://paper.li/f-1325685118

ICT as an enabler of growth and development

ABOUT two weeks ago, I delivered my contribution to the Sectoral Debate in Parliament. It was my second such presentation as minister of state in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining, at which time, I presented Jamaica's first National Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Roadmap.
Created from a year of consultation with industry specialists and stakeholders, policymakers, academics and a wide range of other contributors, I believe many of the details deserve further explanation, as this plan that will drive this all-important sector.

Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/ICT-as-an-enabler-of-growth-and-development_14447177#ixzz2W7bVlvv4


June 11, 2013: Online And Distance Learning Weekly is out

"Online And Distance Learning Weekly", by Natalie Stewart: A free online newspaper with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos about online and distance learning - for students and professionals in the field.

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