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e-Learning initiatives in South African school

The Abel T Motshoane School in Mabopane, North of Pretoria in South Africa has implemented mobile e-Learning infrastructure to enhance the learning and teaching skills in the school. Abel T Motshoane School is the first in the country to have a wireless network technology.

Each student of standard VIII is equipped with laptop, which is connected to microphones and earphones. In the school, teachers are able to give them instructions through their earphones. The technology uses the WiMax wireless broadband, while the features of the classmate PC includes full networking capabilities, Microsoft Windows XP operating system and access to rich educational content. The pilot project is a result of a Public Private Partnership (PPP), which is successfully working. The state government has partnered with several ICT companies like IBM, Intel South Africa, Microsoft South Africa, Pinnacle Micro Systems and Telkom Foundations.

IT policy for education sector coming soon in Nigeria

The Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria, (CPN) has said that it would soon issue a policy statement on IT education curriculum in Nigeria.

The policy guidelines would address the critical problem of basic and immediate skills in Information Technology, (IT) education in Nigeria. The IT education draft which will soon be submitted to the Presidency, Ministry of Education and other relevant bodies, according to him, will go a long way in raising the level of IT literacy at all levels right from kindergarten.

As a sustainable intervention for the eventual collapse of the nation's education system, the CPN Registrar noted that the only way the Nigerian child who can compete favourably with their counterparts in the developed economies is embracing IT education as an intervention tool for learning.

Worldwide e-Learning to draw USD53 bn by 2010

e-Learning has emerged as the second most popular method for organisational teaching, in terms of hours spent, and is quickly increasing in use. The world market for e-Learning is expected to exceed USD52.6 billion by 2010, according to a new report by Global Industry Analysts.

e-Learning has emerged as the second most popular method for organisational teaching, in terms of hours spent, and is quickly increasing in use among primary, secondary and higher education centers.

The United States is the largest

e-Learning market globally and revenues here are expected to surpass USD17.5 billion in 2007, according to the report. Europe and Japan offer prospects for growth, but they lag behind because of smaller markets. Globalisation could drive faster adoption in Asian market, which experts predict will register an average annual growth rate ranging between 25% and 30% through 2010.

The overall e-Learning market at the global and regional levels is expected to grow at rates ranging between 15% and 30%. The US retains its dominance in the corporate eLearning market with a share of over 60%. Europe is the second largest market with a share of less than 15%.

Infodev releases draft report on evaluation of ICT in education projects

“Monitoring and Evaluation of ICT in Education Projects: A Handbook for Developing Countries” is a quick introduction and guide to help busy policymakers and practitioners understand and assess the ICT-related investments underway in the education sector.

Information and communication technologies (ICT) are widely believed to be important potential levers to introduce and sustain education reform efforts. Despite evidence of increasingly widespread use of ICTs in education initiatives around the world, however, there is little guidance available for policy makers and donor staff specifically targeted at countries contemplating the use of ICTs to help countries meet the education-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Best Teacher Award 2007 in Ghana now includes ICT category

The 13th edition of 2007 Best Teacher Award in Ghana with the ultimate prize being a house now includes a new award category of ICT. The number of award winning categories had been increased to 12 with this.

The day had been planned to coincide with World Teachers Day, which falls on October 5. The day is under the theme: “Quality Teachers for Quality Education: Teacher Participation in the New Education Reform.” In addition to the prizes the award winners would each be presented with a computer and accessories.  

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