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The Bi-Weekly ICT4D Retrospective: Important Links for January 17-31, 2012

By Sabina Behague on January 31, 2012

Made in Africa: Africa’s first handheld tablet, developed by Verone Mankou of the Republic of Congo, went on sale in Brazzaville and Pointe Noire yesterday (January 30). The “Way-C,” or “light of the stars” in local dialect, sells for about US$300 and features integrated Wi-Fi and 4GB of memory. It will soon be marketed in 10 West African countries as well as France, Belgium, and India. There is some question as to whether the tablet is truly an African made project, as it is being assembled in China for the simple reason that Congo has no high tech factories. Stay tuned to ICT_Works for further discussion – the ICT4D world will soon be buzzing. In the meantime, congratulations to Africa and Mr. Mankou!

Mobile Tech in Mongolia: This is a part of the world that is often forgotten by the international development community. Yet this highly literate, sparsely populated, largely nomadic region of the world is poised for an ICT4D explosion, with considerations for improving access to higher education at the forefront. Blogger Michael Sean Gallagher explores various questions about “how to harness the knowledge potential of a literate society with good pedagogical frameworks and, if the situation demands, a pinch of ICT.”

India: Increased Use of ICT for Education: From mapping to educational content delivery to data collection, from teacher recruitment to quality monitoring, the Indian state of Gujarat really knows how to effectively use ICTs for education. Read all about it

Girls in ICT Day! The UN’s ITU agency has created the Girls in ICT Portal, a site for helping girls get involved in ICT studies and careers. They’ve even declared a “Girls in ICT Day” the fourth Tuesday of every April, when girls are invited into companies and governments agencies (globally) to meet ICT professionals and see what life is like on the job. “Girls in ICT Day” was only launched in 2011, so if you are an ICT professional please do your part and invite the girls in your life to learn about your work this April 24, 2012!

And now for some light reading… Information Technology and Educational Management in the Knowledge Society is an essential reference for both academic and professional researchers in the field of information technology and educational management. The papers presented in this volume are the result of an international call for papers addressing the challenges faced by the information technology and education management (ITEM) field in a society where knowledge management is becoming a major issue both in educational and business systems. This state-of-the-art volume presents the proceedings of the 6th International Working Conference on Information Technology in Educational Management. The price – $145 – is steep, to say the least, but for serious scholars and researchers of ICT, this is a must-read.

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