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Becta publishes ICT funding guideline for schools in UK

Becta has published a guidance document for schools and local authorities on the usage of ICT skills. Becta has published the document entitled 'Learning, teaching and mana-ging with ICT: Funding guidance for schools and local authorities 2007-08'. 

This is the first time Becta has released the funding guidance for schools and local authorities. It emphasises that ICT spending should be seen as a key driver to help achieve e-strategy and wider Government objectives.

Australia's DET provides ICT skills to 100 schools

Western Australia's Department of Education and Training (DET) has provided a technology infrastructure upgrade at an initial 100 schools of Australia. DET has already completed its first phase of 'Learning with ICT' project, including 14 schools in the Albany area in January.

'Learning with ICT' project involves key upgrades to schools' IT infrastructure along with associated professional development for staff. The project also involves the provision of additional computers to schools, electrical upgrades, network cable upgrades and professional development of staff.

Lagos schools bring ICT skills for Nigeria students

Schools of Lagos have partnered with foremost ICT training institute, named New Horizons to give world-class ICT skills to primary level students of Nigeria. Schools that have partnered are Legacy High School, Isolog Schools, Oxbridge Tutorial College, Doregos Private Academy, Sound Hope, and Queens land Academy.

This partnership will make easy to students who prefer to study abroad. Nigeria Students of these schools would be trained on several ICT subjects like programming, Multimedia, Hardware, Networking, Microsoft suite among others.

RealeBooks Project wins National Technology Innovation Award

A RealeBooks project with parents of the Family and Child Education (FACE) literacy program at Enemy Swim Day School in Waubay, South Dakota in United States is the national winner of the inaugural Verizon Tech Savvy Award. RealeBooks, a product of Colorado-based RealeStudios, provides e-Publishing solutions to schools, businesses and service organisations around the world.

US loses top spot in global tech study

European countries and Singapore have surpassed the United States in their ability to exploit information and communication technology, according to the Global Information Technology Report.  The United States, which topped the World Economic Forum's networked readiness index in 2006, slipped to seventh. The study largely blamed increased political and corporate interference in the judicial system.

 


Source: World Economic Forum

The index also cited the United States' low rate of mobile telephone usage, a lack of government leadership in information technology and the low quality of math and science education.

Nordic countries – traditionally strong in all surveys dominated the top of the rankings. Denmark edged Sweden for the top spot, while Finland was behind in fourth. Singapore, which topped the poll in 2005, was the top Asian nation in third. Rounding out the top 10 were Switzerland, fifth; Netherlands, sixth; Iceland, eighth; Britain, ninth; and Norway, 10th.

The report covered 122 countries, with Chad, Burundi, Angola, Ethiopia and Bangladesh at the bottom. India secures 44th position in the list.

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