August 2008

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RapideL-i introduces MS Powerpoint converter

RapideL-i, the internet-based rapid e-Learning tool has been upgraded to include a new feature to convert MS Powerpoint slides into e-Learning. This feature allows users to import static Powerpoint presentations into RapideL-i and, at the click of a button, convert the presentation into a SCORM complaint eLearning course. It also allows users to add pages created using RapideL-i into the converted course.

This easy-to-use feature will immensely benefit users who currently have some part of their training material in Powerpoint and wish to convert it for deployment on an LMS. Moreover, RapideL-i enables value additions to these converted courses by providing ready to use, customisable players/shells which can be tweaked to suit one's branding needs.

Nortel equips NERIST in Arunachal with wireless connectivity

Nortel has equipped the North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST), a university in Arunachal Pradesh, with its wireless mesh and WiMax solutions to deliver wireless connectivity across the university's two campuses in the mountainous area. This is also expected to provide complete mobility for its students and staff.

Users at both the campus sites can access the institute's network infrastructure using the Wireless Mesh network solution, unifying the two campuses by a single secure network that can be accessed from anywhere in the university. The solution opens up opportunities for educational techniques like video conferencing, tele-classrooms, webcasts of lectures for distance learning, and mobile desktop/laptop-based video conferencing. Students can access resources wherever they are instead of having to go to a central location, like the library or computer center.

Intel announces education plans for Palestine

Intel has announced key initiatives in Palestine, including expansion of the Intel Higher Education Technology Entrepreneurship Program and the launch of a new multi-core computer lab at Birzeit University.

As part of its education initiative, Intel will develop a new multi-core computer laboratory at Birzeit University to enhance skills and aid programming knowledge targeted toward multi-core platforms. It will also offer its global programme on technology entrepreneurship curriculum and training to five Palestinian institutions and plans to sponsor a business plan competition for students to strengthen entrepreneur initiatives in the country. The company has also started work with the country's Ministry of Education on a detailed multi-year plan to provide the Intel Teach Program in Palestine.

Microsoft to give R750 million software to SA govt schools

Microsoft will supply productivity and server software worth about R750-million to 26,000 government schools in South Africa, bringing modern information and communication technology to more than 11 million school students. A three-year agreement was signed in this regard, renewing the company's original software donation agreement signed in 2002. Through this the country's Education Department hopes to widen the reach of ICT and see more students leave schools being computer literate.

Under the programme, teachers are being trained to be computer literate and ready to integrate software in the classrooms. Each of the schools that participate in the programme will receive free licences for a range of software, including Microsoft Office 2007, Vista Business, Visual Studio Pro, Exchange Server, SQL Server and Microsoft Encarta multimedia encyclopaedia. In addition to teacher training, the company is committed to helping schools increase access to technology and build strong infrastructure that supports learning as well as administration of education.

Bharti Foundation to open 500 schools for underprivileged

Bharti Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Bharti Enterprises, will open 500 primary and 50 senior secondary-cum-vocational training schools for underprivileged children across rural India under its Satya Bharti School programme.

One such Satya Bharti School was inaugurated by President Pratibha Devisingh Patil at village Lordi Dejgara in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. The Foundation's flagship programme is aimed at benefiting over two lakh children across the country by giving them access to quality education through innovative teaching material and classroom processes. The promoters of Bharti and its associates have committed a corpus of INR 200 crore for the Satya Bharti School programme's roll out across the country.

iQ Academy Washington launches statewide virtual school for students

iQ Academy Washington has launched its online school for all students in grades 7-12 and is enrolling students statewide for the 2008 academic session. 

This unique education option provides high-quality, tuition-free education, small group instruction and one-on-one feedback from certified teachers — all conducted online using a laptop provided by the school.  Students can excel at their own pace and work with Washington-certified teachers who are specially trained in online instruction.  Students will receive individualised attention and participate in dynamic student discussions online.

KarROX launches third IT empowerment scholarship in Nigeria

In its quest to create a pool of well informed and learned ICT professionals, karROX has launched its third IT empowerment scholarship in Nigeria for the third consecutive year with an investment of N100 million.

Under the scholarship, training will be offered on various software, networking and security modules with multiple platforms and technologies offered by ICT world leaders like Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, CompTlA, Sun Microsystems and others. The scholarships conducted in year 2006 and 2007 had received an overwhelming response with 60,000 students applying for it, out of which 12,000 were selected to complete specialised courses on ICT. The scholarships are given on the basis of applicants' performance in the qualifying test. Up to 100% fee waiver, along with job assistance, is offered to those selected.

CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPS

Educomp, Designmate alliance to bring digital content to private schools

Educomp has entered into a strategic alliance with Designmate for marketing its international award winning product Eureka.in to private schools. Educomp has bought 5000 licenses of  Eureka.in and exclusive rights for all private schools in India. Designmate will directly market Eureka to government schools and home markets.

Eureka.in is a 3D animated product for learning Science and Math at school level. It consists of 5000 topics for classes 1 to 12 and has already been installed in more than 1400 schools. Educomp's engagement with Designmate and the addition of Eureka software in its repository of digital content for private schools makes it the largest provider of digital content in this space.

Eureka.in has bagged the Worlddidac Award 2008 for its innovativeness and high potential to improve teaching learning process. The award will be given away to Designmate in an official ceremony on October 28 in Basel, Switzerland. The product has also been adjudged as 'Outstanding example of e-Content and one of the winners in the e-Learning category' by the World Summit 2007 at Venice, Italy.

ProEd and Data Train Australia tie-up brings e-Learning to mainframe education in India

ProEd Training, Bangalore based leading provider of IBM mainframe training and related solutions in India, has announced its partnership with Australia-based Data Train to make available globally accepted e-Learning curriculum for mainframe education. The new approach will significantly increase the productivity of mainframe professionals in the country by having them quickly trained besides complimenting blended learning strategies in mainframe education.

Vijay Kumar, CEO, ProEd Training said Data Train's e-Learning enabled world-class IBM mainframe courseware will change the way mainframe learning has been practiced in India till recently. The current (instructor-led training) approach has constraints when applied to a geographically dispersed workforce whose requirement for skilling is constant. Besides, the time tested courseware from Datatrain ensures that learning imparted is highly relevant to IT companies who are constantly striving to increase the billable hours.

Everonn partners with HP govt for IT in schools

Everonn Systems India Limited has signed an MoU with Himachal Pradesh to implement IT education in 793 government senior secondary schools across all 12 districts of the state.

The project involves setting up of computer labs and supply of IT hardware, software and other accessories for computer systems for providing IT and IT based education and also full time certified IT instructors in each school. The project will be implemented in BOOT (Build, Own, Operate and Transfer) model for a period of four years. Work on the project has already commenced and is expected to benefit around 60,000 students in the state.

Everonn has worked with the governments of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, Goa, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Jharkand, Goa, Andaman and Assam to offer IT and computer aided education in schools.

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