News on ICT in Education: March

March 2013 | UNESCO Bangkok Office

Highlight: Advanced Learning Technologies

R-learning = improved learning results?
In recent years, R-learning (robot-based learning) has emerged as one of the efforts to adopt innovative technology in education for the improvement of education. Despite it being only at an emerging stage for now, it already appears to have a high potential and will certainly encourage the development of new and rich ways of teaching and learning in the future. 

Analysis of Recent 1:1 Learning Initiatives in Primary and Secondary Schools in Europe
The project “Overview and analysis of one-to-one computing initiatives for Education and Training in Europe” (1to1Learning) aimed to provide an overview of recent 1:1 learning initiatives in primary and secondary schools across European countries, and to identify major bottlenecks and barriers to the implementation of 1:1 learning in schools.

Making sense of MOOCs
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have captured the attention of many leaders in education and development. In this excerpt from his new research paper, "Making Sense of MOOCs: Musings in a Maze of Myth, Paradox and Possibility", former COL President Sir John Daniel explains that while MOOCs will prompt universities to improve the quality of teaching, they will not help expand higher education in developing countries.

News and Events

Regional workshop discussed ICT in Education policy, infrastructure and ODA
On March 5th and 6th, the ICT-in-Education programme of UNESCO Bangkok, with the generous support of the Korean Institute for Science and Technology (KIST), convened a Regional Consultation Workshop on ICT in Education Policy, Infrastructure, and Official Development Assistance Status. The workshop was attended by delegates with expertise in ICT-in-Education from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, along with senior staff from KIST and UNESCO Bangkok.

Mobile learning: “We cannot continue to live in the pre-digital era"
“The future of education is incredibly exciting,” a filmmaker and educator told policymakers and education professionals at the UNESCO/ GSMA forum, part of the second UNESCO Mobile Learning Week which focused on achieving Education for All by increasing education access, quality and equality via mobile learning.

Broadband “the missing link” in global access to education
A new report from the Broadband Commission highlights strategies for leveraging high-speed networks to realize ‘Education for All’.

Safer Internet Day 2013 – for a safer and better internet for children
Safer Internet Day (SID) is a worldwide event to promote safer and more responsible use on online technology and mobile phones especially among children and young people. Tuesday, 5 February 2013 marked the 10th edition of the event under the theme of ‘online rights and responsibilities’ and encouraging internet users to ‘connect with respect’.

UNESCO Associated Schools - have your video cameras ready!
UNESCO Associated Schools are invited to submit short, creative videos of five minutes maximum in length, addressing key challenges related to migrant integration, inclusiveness, identity, diversity, human rights and social cohesiveness, both at local and global levels.

Programmes & Projects

Digital StudyHall
Digital StudyHall (DSH) is an innovative project which uses ICT to improve quality and accessibility of education in rural and slum schools in India. DSH digitally records classes by the best grassroots teachers in order to create a large database which can distributed on DVDs to schools in poor rural areas and in slums.

Resources

Publications by UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education
The UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE) published six new policy briefs during the past year, in order to disseminate new achievements, teaching methodologies and concepts in the field of ICT in education.

Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) explained
TPACK attempts to identify the nature of knowledge required by teachers for technology integration in their teaching, while addressing the complex, multifaceted and situated nature of teacher knowledge.

First online climate change education course for teachers
This innovative training kit, entitled UNESCO Course for Secondary Teachers on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development (CCESD), is designed to give teachers confidence, through a series of six-day programmes, to help young people understand the causes and consequences of climate change today.

A parent's guide to 21st-century learning
Discover the tools and techniques today's teachers and classrooms are using to prepare students for tomorrow -- and how you can get involved.

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MORE INFORMATION

Welcome

A few months ago, we featured Low tech education in our ICT in Education newsletter. This edition highlights the opposite - advanced learning technologies such as robot-based learning, 1:1 learning initiatives or MOOCs.

We hope you enjoy reading our newsletter and we always appreciate your comments and suggestions.

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ICT in Education team
UNESCO Bangkok

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Readers Corner

This is your space! If you wish to make comments or suggestions on the featured articles or any ICT-related issues, please send your thought and contributions to our editors: ict.bgk@unesco.org. Let your voice be heard!! 

Turning back the clock on lifelong learning: The paradox of MOOCs - It was interesting to know the various issues and agendas regarding the potential of ICT to promote life-long learning. Especially, the article analyzing MOOC with a very valid and critical view was really impressive. I agree with the author’s idea that current online learning system has the risk to be contrary to “learner-centered learning” which is one of the important values of life-long learning. I also strongly agree with that technology itself cannot be an answer for life-long learning. In my opinion, ICT has an enormous potential to promote the “real value” of life-long learning only with continuous efforts to integrate technology, pedagogy, curriculum altogether. Project based learning through MOOC which has done by a professor in Stanford and thousands of students all over the world could be one good example of student-centered independent learning. At this very emerging stage, technology enabled us to achieve equity of access to higher education and there is much attention towards the potential of ICT for realization of the real value of life-long learning. Jinyoung Pack, RO Korea

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