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November 2006

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Libyan pupils ‘to have laptops’
The government of Libya is reported to have agreed to provide its 1.2m school children with a cheap durable laptop computer by June 2008.  According to One Laptop per Child sources, the laptops offer Internet  access and are powered by a wind-up crank. They cost USD100 and  manufacturing begins next year.

Audio Haptics for visually 
impaired information technology Audio Haptics, the project seeks to improve the inclusion of workers or trainees who are blind or visually  impaired in vocational training programmes using visual materials, by delivering  these in a non visual format, which is touch and sound. The  project in European Union will design, produce and test pilot learning  materials, as well as create an online training programme for teachers.  By the innovative methodology,  accessibility to visual graphics for the visually impaired can be improved. This project is about making learning materials that are visual by nature  accessible to those who are partially sighted or blind.  e-ISOTIS (Information Society  pen To ImpairmentS), the non-profit making organisation founded in  December  002, working with People with Disabilities, Elderly, their  spouses as well as  embers of the ICT (Information Communication  Technology) community,  orldwide,  is the dissemination leader of this project. 

TechnoFuture  introduces Educators’ ICT Training
A “Train-the-Trainers” programme for teachers of primary and secondary schools, as well as lecturers of Colleges of Education has commenced in six geopolitical zones  of Nigeria. The modular-based programme, known as TechnoTeacher is being promoted by an company  TechnoFuture Nigeria, in collaboration with the Education Trust Fund (ETF).  It would teach educators  ow to optimise their skills using the computer and other Information and  Communication Technology (ICT) tools to maximise the learning experience. TechnoFuture was introduced in Canada in 1993 initially  to teach learners from the age of four to 18 as a unique combination of  technology and business skills, using  theme-based projects.

Nigerian higher education has less than 5% ICT applications
With less than 5% application of Information Communications  Technology (ICT) in Nigerian institutions, according to published studies on institutional  echnology  application, most of these institutions have little or no  nfrastructure for  cyber centers, computer-equipped classrooms or high–speed internet and do not even have the fund to  implement such infrastructure on their own.  Available statistics shows there are more than 181 institutions of higher learning in Nigeria but a sizeable  number of these institutions have enrollments of more than 20,000  students, with computer ratio at 200 students to 1 computer, or worse for  most state universities. These institutions lack the expertise on  faculty to provide students with practical hands-on training in ICT, either for basic computer skills, or for  more advanced capabilities.

Science GCSE with online  exams
British school pupils can now take a General Certificate of Secondary  Education (GCSE – the name of a set of British qualifications, taken by secondary school students) entirely online – including doing the coursework and exams electronically. The new environmental and landbased  science course is said to be the first totally non-paper GCSE. It is  being offered by the OCR (Oxford, Cambridge and RSA {Royal Society of  Arts}) exam board and is aimed at those considering careers such as  horticulture, farming, waste management and conservation. OCR said candidates would sit computerbased  tests under normal controlled examination conditions and submit their coursework electronically – so they could incorporate video,  photographs, presentations and written reports 

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