Practical Insights on ICT4Edu

Are You Creating Educational Shovelware in Your ICT4Edu Projects?

Are You Creating Educational Shovelware in Your ICT4Edu Projects?

Published on: May 09 2019 by Guest Writer - 9 Comments
Do you remember when discount stores sold CD-ROMs with 1,000 fonts?  Or 1,000 games? Or best of all 1,000 useless software programs?  That’s shovelware: tons...
EduTech Surprise! SMS Beats WhatsApp for Teen Test Prep

EduTech Surprise! SMS Beats WhatsApp for Teen Test Prep

Published on: Apr 04 2019 by Wayan Vota - 2 Comments
Secondary school students in Cameroon spend the entire last month of their final year in school preparing for their Baccalaureate. Passing it and scoring well marks...
5 Reasons Why Educational Laptops Were Doomed in Papua New Guinea

5 Reasons Why Educational Laptops Were Doomed in Papua New Guinea

Published on: Mar 28 2019 by Wayan Vota - 14 Comments
Back in the day, One Laptop Per Child promised a digital revolution in education. By handing out “$100 laptops” to children, and for the most part sidelining...
6 Myths of Designing Online Learning Programs

6 Myths of Designing Online Learning Programs

Published on: Feb 21 2019 by Guest Writer - 2 Comments
It’s not just policymakers and donors who hold fast to myths about online learning, as I shared in the last post (Six Myths of Online Learning Education Programs...
6 Myths of Online Learning Education Programs in International Development

6 Myths of Online Learning Education Programs in International Development

Published on: Feb 14 2019 by Guest Writer - 2 Comments
Online learning is not new. And it’s been a round a long time. Yet, if my work in international education development is any indication, there are a number of...
Pop Quiz: What Does It Really Cost to Run an ICT for Education Program?

Pop Quiz: What Does It Really Cost to Run an ICT for Education Program?

Published on: Sep 13 2018 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Pop Quiz: What Does It Really Cost to Run an ICT for Education Program?
As part of USAID’s Education Strategy and its goal of improved reading skills for 100 million children in primary grades, USAID mission staff wanted to know...
The Real Failure in ICT4Edu: Poor Teacher Professional Development

The Real Failure in ICT4Edu: Poor Teacher Professional Development

Published on: Aug 16 2018 by Guest Writer - 6 Comments
I can’t count the number of times I’ve been in a discussion that quickly shifts from a failing ICT for Education initiative, to the assumed root cause:...
What Happened When Liberia Outsourced Education to Private Sector Educators?

What Happened When Liberia Outsourced Education to Private Sector Educators?

Published on: Aug 13 2018 by Wayan Vota - 3 Comments
The Partnership Schools for Liberia (PSL) program is a public-private partnership for school management between the Government of Liberia and nine education contractors:...
Why Next Generation Digital Learning Environments Are Useful for ICT4D

Why Next Generation Digital Learning Environments Are Useful for ICT4D

Published on: Jul 11 2018 by Steve Vosloo - 5 Comments
I recently participated in the Next Generation Student Success Symposium in Barcelona. The event, hosted by DXtera Institute and the Open University of Catalonia,...
The Design Journey: Creating a Mobile Test Prep Application in South Africa

The Design Journey: Creating a Mobile Test Prep Application in South Africa

Published on: Jun 20 2018 by Steve Vosloo - Comments Off on The Design Journey: Creating a Mobile Test Prep Application in South Africa
You’re in for a treat! This is the story of my two-year design journey to build X-kit Achieve! Mobile from my view as project lead, written with Nicola du...