Highlight: ICT for Special Needs Education
UNESCO global report: opening new avenues for empowerment: ICTs to access information and knowledge for persons with disabilities
Building on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, this Global Report addresses strong recommendations to all stakeholders – from decision-makers to educators, civil society and industry – on how concretely to advance the rights of people living with disabilities.
Digital talking books: An alternative way of educating children with disabilities of their rights
The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) implemented a project entitled “Educating Children with Disabilities of their Rights Using the Digital Talking Books”. This initiative, funded by the Australian Aid (AusAID), educated more than 600 children with disabilities of their human rights using digital talking books as well as their parents and siblings.
News and Events
IITE and UNESCO Bangkok strengthen collaboration on ICT in education policy and practice
The whole is different from or greater than the sum of its parts. In keeping with this age-old philosophy, UNESCO Bangkok and the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE) continue to explore synergy in the area of ICT in education, both policy and practice.
ICT in schools survey – many children not getting what they need; teachers need more training and support
Students and teachers in Europe are keen to "go digital", computer numbers have doubled since 2006 and most schools are now "connected", but use of ICTs and digital skill levels are very uneven. These skills and support for teachers to deliver them need a strong boost, according to a survey on the use of digital technologies in schools in Europe published by the European Commission.
ITU celebrates global ‘Girls in ICT Day’
Every year on the fourth Thursday in April, ITU and the global technology community celebrate ‘Girls in ICT Day’, an awareness-raising initiative designed to pay tribute to women’s contribution to the technology industry and promote tech careers to a new generation of girls with an interest in science and maths.
Programmes & Projects
ICT for Inclusion project
The European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education ICT for Inclusion project activities will run during 2012 and 2013. The aim is to collect information on the use of ICT for Inclusion – that is using ICT to support the learning of learners with disabilities and special educational needs in inclusive settings within compulsory education.
New publication: Open Educational Resources - Innovation, Research and Practice
This book, initiated by the UNESCO/COL Chair in OER, is one in a series of publications by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) examining OER. It describes the movement in detail, providing readers with insight into OER’s significant benefits, its theory and practice, and its achievements and challenges.
Preparing special education frontline professionals for a new teaching experience
This paper reports the findings of a survey conducted among teachers attending a Master’s Degree on Special Education in which they were asked to analyse the acquisition of general ICT skills and specially oriented ICT solutions for students with learning disabilities. The collection, compilation and processing of the survey's data describes and explains the actual perceptions, skills and training needs of this professional group.
Toolkit of Best Practices and Policy Advice: Module 4 Using ICTs to promote education and job training for persons with disabilities
This toolkit module is one of several modules developed by ITU under the “Connect A School Connect A Community”-initiative which aims to promote broadband Internet connectivity for schools in developing countries around the world.
ICT in Education: A critical literature review and its implications
This review summarizes the relevant research on the use of information and communication technology (ICT) in education. Specifically, it reviews studies that have touched upon the merits of ICT integration in schools, barriers or challenges encountered in the use of ICT, factors influencing successful ICT integration, in-service and pre-service teachers’ attitudes, perceptions, and confidence in using ICT as well as the importance of school culture in the use of ICT.
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