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Symposium 2010

Improving Educational Infrastructures through Emerging Technologies

The Challenge

According to the OECD (2001) the growth of the knowledge society and the development and pervasiveness of the emerging information and communication technologies (ICT) represent a major challenge and a major opportunity for education. Over the past decade, many countries have made large investments in improving their educational infrastructure by providing more computers and better internet access to schools.

Yet, economically backward regions or countries are less capable of investing as much money as more developed regions to integrate ICT into education; moreover, qualified teachers are often hardly available. To help children to gain access to education and to enable a more independent self-learning process, some private initiatives such as “One Laptop per Child” are trying to mitigate such deficiencies.

However, providing computers or access to internet alone to students does not automatically increase educational quality and learning effectiveness. Complementary measures and policies such as adapting teaching curricula to e-learning and providing interactive learning software are indispensable.

How could an effective curriculum be designed to combine the e-learning supported by ICT and the traditional teaching and learning materials? How could ICT be effectively used to support the further education of teachers especially those from the economically backward regions and countries? What are sensible ways toward connecting students, teachers and outside experts with each other and foster learner-centred knowledge outside formal structures? Would financial incentives or e-learning courses for adults increase parents’ (families’) capabilities and motivations to be more active in helping to establish an effective e-learning environment for children? How could the assessment of students’ performance achievement be made compatible with e-learning to motivate students to make use of ICT for learning? How could private sectors interact with schools and teachers to provide adequate and interactive learning software to enhance students’ learning interests and efficiency? How could the international community help in those cases where government corruption and control of ICT has held back several countries immensely?

    Solutions

    Solution
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    Operate public-private partnerships by focusing especially on cooperation between the private sector and local end users, such as schools, educational bureaux and NGOs.

    Operate public-private partnerships by focusing especially on cooperation between the private sector and local end users, such as schools, educational bureaux and NGOs.

    Operate public-private partnerships by focusing especially on cooperation between the private sector and local end users, such as schools, educational bureaux and NGOs.

    Polity, Business, Civil Society
    Solution
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    Train teachers to make intelligent use of ICT resources and to integrate e-learning into their curricula. Redesign curricula and integrate qualitative and interactive e-learning materials and techniques into traditional paper-based ...

    Train teachers to make intelligent use of ICT resources and to integrate e-learning into their curricula. Redesign curricula and integrate qualitative and interactive e-learning materials and techniqu ...

    Train teachers to make intelligent use of ICT resources and to integrate e-learning into their curricula. Redesign curricula and integrate qualitative and interactive e-learning materials and techniques into traditional paper-based materials.

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Solution
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    Establish open access repositories for educational resources and build open fora for all potential interested users.

    Establish open access repositories for educational resources and build open fora for all potential interested users.

    Establish open access repositories for educational resources and build open fora for all potential interested users.

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Solution
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    Use ICT to improve the overall efficiency and accountability of the education system as a whole.

    Use ICT to improve the overall efficiency and accountability of the education system as a whole.

    Use ICT to improve the overall efficiency and accountability of the education system as a whole.

    Polity, Business, Civil Society
    Solution
    Symposium 2010

    Equip schools with adequate hardware, software and internet connections, taking account of inequality in financial and human capital endowments between different regions and countries. The efficient use of older ICT ...

    Equip schools with adequate hardware, software and internet connections, taking account of inequality in financial and human capital endowments between different regions and countries. The efficient u ...

    Equip schools with adequate hardware, software and internet connections, taking account of inequality in financial and human capital endowments between different regions and countries. The efficient use of older ICT products has great potential.

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society

    Proposals

    Proposal
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    Improving Educational Infrastructure through Emerging Technologies

    1. Equip schools with adequate hardware, software and internet connections and establish institutions such as “SchoolNets” and “Open Universities” to support the integration of ICT in educatio ...

    1. Equip schools with adequate hardware, software and internet connections and establish institutions such as “SchoolNets” and “Open Universities” to support the integration of ICT in education, taking inequality in financial and human capital endowments between different regions or/and countries into consideration In order to improve educational infrastructure through emerging technologies (ICT), first of all schools and learners should be equipped with adequate hardware, software and internet connections. Nowadays many economically backward regions/countries still strongly lack financial and human capital, and supportive institutions to enable them to build telecommunication nets, and to procure and efficiently apply ICT products for their

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Proposal
    Symposium 2010

    Improving Educational Infrastructure through Emerging Technologies

    Address secondary education issues. Progress on elementary education, though short of MDG targets, raises the pressure to improve access to, and quality of, high schools. Diagnosed by the World Bank a ...

    Address secondary education issues. Progress on elementary education, though short of MDG targets, raises the pressure to improve access to, and quality of, high schools. Diagnosed by the World Bank as the weakest link in the educational cycle, secondary education offers the last chance for developing countries to equip students with the basic literacy, numeracy and life skills they need for the world of work. Consider mobility over bricks-and-mortar to expand access. Existing schools will need additional classrooms, facilities and more teachers with higher level of training. . Provide transport to bring students to centrally located high schools and equipping

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Proposal
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    Improving Educational Infrastructure through Emerging Technologies

    1. Strategic planning in the public education sector Fundação Getulio Vargas has a long tradition of aiding public and private sector institutions in strategic planning. This tradition has been bear ...

    1. Strategic planning in the public education sector Fundação Getulio Vargas has a long tradition of aiding public and private sector institutions in strategic planning. This tradition has been bearing fruit in recent years with the implementation of various successful projects, particularly in the context of the Brazilian public education system. The FNDE, an autarchy that provides funds and technical support for implementing federal education policies, has been effectively introducing a new model for purchases of goods and services in public schools and universities, through the institution of the national electronic price registry. Fundação Getulio Vargas has been instrumental in

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Proposal
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    PAN-AFRICAN UNIVERSITY: A FORCE FOR AFRICA'S REGIONAL INTEGRATION

    As we already know the fundamental difference between the North and the South is the lack of science in the South and the over abundance of science in the North. In Africa, which a continent in the so ...

    As we already know the fundamental difference between the North and the South is the lack of science in the South and the over abundance of science in the North. In Africa, which a continent in the southern hemisphere as we also know, that problem is concretely translated into a crucial lack of human resources. How can you address the economic growth if you have no researchers to create knowledge, no engineers to innovate, no qualified teachers in universities and schools to disseminate knowledge and no scholars to reflect peace, security and policy? The top priority urgency of Africa is

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Proposal
    Symposium 2010

    Improving Educational Infrastructure through Emerging Technologies

    Public-private-partnerships play a powerful role in creating a truly transformative learning environment to improve effectiveness through remote teaching, to increase access, and to create career oppo ...

    Public-private-partnerships play a powerful role in creating a truly transformative learning environment to improve effectiveness through remote teaching, to increase access, and to create career opportunities by being closely connected to changes in the workplace. Engaging with students outside the classroom can be a challenge. We need to innovate to explore new ways to engage students in a remote setting, for example, by creating online communities and using immersive technologies such as video. ICT must also become a core criterion in training and incentives for teachers throughout their career to maximize the potential of the resources available.

    Polity