The Human Race Reached a Huge Milestone Today and You Probably Did Not Even Know It

The UN-backed effort to wipe polio off the face of the earth reached has reached a major milestone.

Giving Everyone a Laptop is Counterproductive for Learning

Here’s a quiz for you. Let’s say you are in the middle of a rural below-poverty-line area in a developing country. Let’s say you have 30 mobile phones, or 30 tablets, or 30 laptops. They are all loaded with good quality educational software. You have a class of 30 teenagers or adults. Or even extremely old people.

The Bi-Weekly ICT4D Retrospective: Important Links for February 15 - 28, 2012

High Tech Innovation in Africa:
My last couple of "bi-weekly links" posts have featured African innovation and hardware creation. It's been noted that while the ideas and innovation are there, it's difficult for African inventions to be manufactured in Africa for the simple reason that there are few high tech factories on the continent.

Technology Should NOT be the Focus of India's Educational Strategy

I am Pritam Kabe and I just spent the past 3 months in India looking at the education system and how ICT could play a role in improving student outcomes.

Why India's $35 Aakash Android Tablet is an EduTech Red Herring for ICT Deployments in Education

This week, India's Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) announced the Aakash, a "$35" Android tablet computer they are boastfully claiming is the world's cheapest tablet for education.

The ‘nano’ Computer

The Indian Minister of Human Resource and Development, Mr. Kapil Sibal, released a $35 (Rs. 1500) tablet computer last week. The touch screen device has been designed and developed by experts from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore.

India’s poor need to join the banking mainstream: minister…

By Agence France-Presse, Updated: 7/19/2010
India’s poor masses need bank accounts and access to the financial system to help to sustain the country’s strong domestic economic growth, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said Monday.
He challenged banks and other businesses such as mobile phone companies to come up with innovative systems that would [...]

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