News International: September 2010
September 2010

News International: September 2010

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Project-based learning and tele-collaboration in Chinese Schools by UNESCO

UNESCO organised a workshop at Bangkok – ICT in Education Programme – under the Facilitating ICT-Pedagogy Integration Project, took place in Guangzhou, China from July 27-30, 2010, in collaboration with South China Normal University and the Educational Information Centre of Guang dong Province. The Korean Funds-In-Trust funded this 'Capacity-Building Workshop on Project-Based Learning and Tele-collaboration' and introduced teachers to the Facilitating ICT-Pedagogy Integration Project, and expanded their horizons on the use of ICT-enhanced project-based learning and tele-collaboration.    

Boosting support to states, Obama signs a bill

US President Barack Obama, recently, signed a 26-billion-dollar bill in order to extend support to states, to prevent teacher layoffs and make their Medicaid payments. This happened within hours after the House of Representatives passed it. The House, with a count of 247 to 161, in afternoon gave a green light to the bill that has been designed to ease the tight state budget, in between a decline in tax revenues and worst recession since 1930s. For the same purpose, the Senate voted 61 to 39 to approve the measure.

K12 Inc. and Greenfield Public Schools partner to open Virtual Academy, Herndon

One of the America's largest providers of proprietary curriculum and online school programmes for students in schools, K12 Inc. has announced on August 18, 2010, a new partnership with Greenfield Public Schools to launch Massachusetts' first full-time, statewide online public school. Within this scheme upto 500 students in grades from Kindergarten to standard eight across the Commonwealth, for the coming school year, will be catered to by the Massachusetts Virtual Academy at Greenfield.

Teachers from deprived schools receive training by DreamOval, Zain Ghana

A laudable educational initiative has been introduced by Zain Ghana, as it drives to improve the general standard of education in the country particularly in the area of information technology. A child project by DreamOval, one of the leading providers of internet and Mobile software solutions creates a platform for the training of teachers mainly drawn from deprived schools in the Greater Accra region with an objective of improving teacher quality and, ultimately academic education.

eSyllabi for teachers, says the new deal, Kenya

Now new laptops can be bought by teachers that already contain current syllabus and training material, as a part of Public Private Partnership initiative which aims at integrating e-learning in the education system. A deal has been struck between Safaricom, Equity bank, Microsoft, Intel, Kenya Literature Bureau (KLB) and Kenya Institute of Education (KIE) and the Teachers Service Commission targeting about 240,000 teachers. 

Cisco Networking Academy Programme now in Cambodia

CISCO – the dealer in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate – will be expanding the reach of their Cisco (News – Alert) Networking Academy programme to Cambodia with its launch at the University of Management and Economics.

According to Cisco, the Cisco Networking Academy is a global education program that teaches students how to design, build, troubleshoot, and secure computer networks for increased access to career and economic opportunities in communities around the world.

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