Leveraging the power of ICT to help
improve the quality of education for students through access to
teaching and learning resources has become a useful tool within an
increasingly networked society.
Technology improves educational
opportunities by enabling personalized study. It also enhances the
potential for learning through community-based education and access
to educational resources, even in remote rural schools.
Connect To Learn was launched in 2010
as a collaborative effort between the Earth Institute providing
advice on development, education, and evaluation; Ericsson as lead
technology partner; and Millennium Promise, a non-profit
Building on the expertise of each
partner, Connect To Learn identifies strategies to integrate teacher
professional development with 21st century ICT-based teaching, tools
and practices in classrooms.
Connect To Learn also combines a
cloud-based ICT solution developed by Ericsson for schools with the
on-the-ground experience of partner NGOs. It aims to remove ICT
support tasks from teachers and provides them with technology that is
simpler to manage, so teachers can focus on improving the quality of
The solution is provided as a service,
and is designed for users with little or no IT competence.
Improved access, energy efficiency and
reduced costs are possible because users do not have to worry about
virus protection, software updates and content-control capabilities
for safe Internet browsing, application installation or maintenance.
All tasks which are managed in the cloud.
Connect To Learn partners recognize the
transformational role that broadband and other ICT solutions can play
in scaling up access to quality education through innovative programs
such as this one.