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Title: Fibre optic technology in Educational settings in Africa
Contributor(s): Kigotho, Mutuota  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2011
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Abstract: Research in the growth of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in Africa suggests that a gulf exists between the rhetoric of those advocating the use of ICT in education and the reality of classroom practice. The Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report for 2002, (UNESCO 2002a) emphasised that some 3 million new teachers are required in Africa if the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are to be achieved. In formulating a framework for the use of ICT in Teacher Training in Africa, it has been suggested that new technologies can enable people to learn effectively at whatever level they choose. Emerging and new technologies can also encourage new methods that enhance teaching and learning. A planning guide prepared by UNESCO (2002b) on ICTs in Teacher Education, decries the fact that Africa has been left behind in the use of ICT for educational purposes. Building on this assessment, this paper seeks to spell out how in recent years technology has been used to enhance pedagogy in schools in Africa. Content-rich programs have been locally developed with the collaboration of Open Educational Resources (OERs) and the Commonwealth of Learning (COL). This has led to the development of blended learning solutions. Recently, 10 Open Distance and E-Learning Centres - ODel Centres, have been opened in Africa indicating a huge appetite for using technology to enhance teaching and learning in the region. This paper seeks to explore innovation in the use of technology within educational settings in Africa.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: ASFLA 2011: Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association Annual National Conference, Armidale, Australia, 21st - 23rd September, 2011
Source of Publication: Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association National Conference Abstracts, p. 23-23
Publisher: University of New England
Place of Publication: Armidale, Australia
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 200401 Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics
209999 Language, Communication and Culture not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930201 Pedagogy
930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
HERDC Category Description: E3 Extract of Scholarly Conference Publication
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