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In Search of Innovative Practices in ICT in Education - UNESCO ICT in Education Innovation Awards, 2007-2008

We asked two questions when we launched the UNESCO ICT in Education Innovation Awards in 2007:

  • "Do you use ICT in your teaching or in your education work?"
  • "Are you using it in an innovative way?"

The responses we received were a resounding "Yes" and "Yes" to both questions. 

With funding from the Japanese Funds-in-Trust, the Innovative Practices in ICT in Education project aims to identify, document and share innovative ICT in Education practices because we believe that:

  • Integrating ICT into education can help to bring quality education to everyone, everywhere.
  • Using ICT in education effectively can bring 21st Century skills to all learners, helping them be active members of knowledge societies.
  • Recognizing innovative practices in ICT use can encourage and enhance even more innovation.

The 146 responses to our call for applications were vetted by the four judgesFumihiko Shinohara, Tokyo Gakugei University, Japan; Paulina Pannen, SEAMOLEC, Indonesia; Hyeonjin Kim, Korea National University of Education, Korea; and Miao Feng-chun, UNESCO Bangkok. Following the evaluation guidelines carefully, the judges based their decisions on six broad criteria:

  • Objective/Achievement/Effectiveness
  • Innovativeness
  • Appropriateness
  • Motivation
  • Applicability/Replicability/Usefulness
  • Copyrights

After months of anxious waiting, the results are finally out (see below). Congratulations to the winners!

At the same time, we would like to stress that there are no losers in our competition. It is clear to the judges that all the entries have elements worthy of recognition. Unfortunately, it is not possible to give due credit to them individually.

The organizers would like to take this opportunity to commend all the applicants for their efforts in using ICT to increase the quality of education, support inclusive education, provide equal educational opportunities to disadvantaged and marginalized groups and communities, and bridge the digital divide.

The winners will be invited to the Award Ceremony, tentatively planned for June 2008, to coincide with a UNESCO conference on Innovative Practices in ICT in Education.

Summary of Entries
A total of 146 applications from 19 countries were evaluated by a team of four judges. The number of entries (62) from India exceeded that of the other countries by far, followed by Pakistan (29) and Philippines (10) (Table 1). The majority of the entries (68.5%) are for the teacher and teacher educator category; 18.5% are under the education planners and administrators; and 5.5% under the non-formal educator group (Table 2).

UNESCO ICT in Education Innovation Awards, 2007-2008

Winner of the Teacher and Teacher Educator Category

Certificate of Commendation for the Teacher and Teacher Educator Category

Winner of the Education Planner and Administrator Category

Certificate of Commendation for the Education Planner and Administrator Category

Winner of the Non-formal Educator Category

Certificate of Commendation for the Non-formal Educator Category