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 Friday, 17 September 2010

Under a completed agreement, IBM will deploy and manage state-of-the-art information technology infrastructure and applications to support Bharti Airtel’s goal of bringing affordable and innovative mobile services to remote locations in Africa. In addition, IBM will deploy advanced technologies created by IBM Research, including the Spoken Web — a voice-enabled Internet technology that allows users to access and share information simply by talking over an existing telephone. This is particularly compelling for populations with little or no literacy, visual impairments, or which lack access to PCs.

Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharti Airtel, said: “There are huge opportunities throughout Africa to transform how people communicate and how communities interact. Delivering on that opportunity through affordable mobile communications for everyone is our focus.

(Source:it news Africa)

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Friday, 17 September 2010 11:06:58 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
In a rural school in the town of Valle de Chaca (Region of Arica), the President of the Republic of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, opened the first phase of the project: "Todo Chile Comunicado" ("All Chile Communicated"), a public-private initiative of the Government of Chile through SUBTEL, the regional governments and Entel. This project will provide Mobile Broadband and telephone services to more than 1474 rural communities in the country.
In its first stage, the project includes connecting to 451 rural villages from Arica to Punta Arenas, benefiting 1.7 million people. When all three phases are fully operational -in December 2011 - more than 3 million Chileans living in isolated areas will have the option of connecting to Internet and mobile telephony.

For its size, this public-private initiative is the most important connectivity challenge ever undertaken in the country's history.
"Todo Chile Comunicado" will mean an investment of US$ 110 million, from which US$ 45 million is funded equally by the Fund for Telecommunication Development (TDF) administered by the SUBTEL and 15 regional governments.

Source: SUBTEL - Chile
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Friday, 17 September 2010 07:10:21 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

For the first time, future teachers who attend the main teacher training institutes in the country, will be provided with material that will enable them to integrate new information and communication technologies (ICT) to the pedagogical dynamics.
"Connected with ICT" is one of the projects under the program "sentidos conectados", sponsored by Telecom and developed by "La Fabbrica" (international agency of communication , education and marketing), offers to teachers a variety of teaching and learning situations with ICT mediation. These projects, case studies, testimonials, and examples of teaching sequences using software to perform multimedia productions, which provide a range of proposals in the line with the conceptual development and analysis of scenarios of use of ICT.
This new material includes specific tools for future educators to enrich the main themes and activities in the classroom, and adds to "Senti2 Conecta2" and "" which have already been distributed to over
6,000 schools between 2008 and 2010.

The virtual space of "Connected with ICT" ( offers a permanent teaching assistance and blogs to share experiences. It also gives the possibility of virtual classroom workshops on "Use of ICT".

Source:Telecom Argentina
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Friday, 17 September 2010 06:43:58 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 16 September 2010

After to reach all the requirements that the selection process requires, the company Telefónica del Perú signed the cooperation agreement with the City of Ite (Tacna), for the improvement and expansion of telecommunications service in that district, which will give opportunities access and communications to more than 2.600 people in six towns.


This work will be performed according to the framework of Law 29230, which promotes public investment with private sector participation. With this project Telefónica became as the first company in the telecommunications sector under the Act, that allows the private sector to exchange works for taxes, sponsored by Proinversión and the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Peru (MEF).

The agreement was signed by Pablo Rivera (Mayor of Ite) and and Javier Manzanares, (president of Group Telefonica in Peru).

The works, which will culminate at the end of the year, include the deployment of facilities to offer to the district of Ite, such as fixed telephony, public telephony, cellular telephony and Internet access. The project has been developed in a scalable modular platform that will extend its capabilities, so that can respond to local demand and Internet telephony services in the future.

Source: Press Perú and Telefónica del Perú
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Thursday, 16 September 2010 04:50:30 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 15 September 2010
In the framework of "TELMEX 2010: Impulso a la Innovación Tecnológica", and as part of the strategic actions of the "Plan of Universities. Solución Integral Educativa", the company signed a cooperation agreement with the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN), for their integration to Research and Academic Innovation Network.
The "Plan of Universities.
Solución Integral Educativa" is the development of a digital space, called "Academic Community Portal", where teachers, students and researchers from high schools, education institutions and small businesses have free access to content, innovative practices and educational projects, enabling the exchange and review in a collaborative academic work, as well as active participation in the Information Society.
By signing this collaboration agreement, both, as the IPN and TELMEX agree to participate actively in the information society and knowledge through cooperation and exchange of content, with the aim of strengthening processes teaching and research to help raise educational quality.

Source: TELMEX -Mexico
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Wednesday, 15 September 2010 05:55:07 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 13 September 2010

In Lake county, Ohio, US judicial and educational authorities have joined hands to bring the detained kids back on right track through online education.

In hindsight, Becky Wright is glad she got sent to the Lake County Juvenile Justice Center. Otherwise, the 17-year-old probably would have never graduated from high school. Becky (whose name has been changed to protect her identity) recently completed a 137-day sentence for falsification, using drugs and being a runaway. Lake County Juvenile Court Judge Karen Lawson refused to let her leave the Painesville detention facility until she graduated from Bridge to Success, the online school in the Willoughby-Eastlake system.

Bridge to Success and other local online school programs recently joined forces with Lawson to make it easier for students to complete their high school education while serving time at the justice center. "I would have dropped out," Becky said. "I probably would have died or something if Judge Lawson wouldn't have forced me to do the online school. Because I was on that route."

The detention center's underutilized wood shop was converted into a computer lab, which serves as both the detention center's and the court's alternative school for suspended and expelled children who are not being detained. The computer lab was built to address a growing need.

"Often, by the time a juvenile has committed a serious enough offense to warrant detention time, they have fallen significantly behind in their education," Lawson said. "More and more Lake County schools are offering online education. Also, there are an increasing number of Lake County students who are attending online schools. Our new computers were put in place to take advantage of these new programs and get these students back on track."

The juveniles are always supervised by either detention center or educational services staff who make sure the computers are only used to complete schoolwork. Teachers are also available to answer any questions a student may have. Officials also have installed software to restrict the computers' use to educational purposes.

Dennis Carr, a court-appointed teacher, said he expects to get more computers as the school year goes along and more school districts provide online opportunities. "During the summer, the kids who were incarcerated were also able to work on their summer school, which in the past wasn't a possibility," he said. Breda Loncar, administrator for Bridge to Success, said she is pleased students can now earn credits toward their high school diploma online while detained.

(Source:The News-Herald)

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Monday, 13 September 2010 19:53:49 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
In order to enable access to integrated telecommunications services to the District of Ancash (Region Ocros), the Antamina Mining Fund (FMA) and Telefonica Movistar, under its program "Intégrame",  inaugurated the service of mobile telephony in 8 locations of Ocros district.

Thus, over 1800 residents of the towns of Ashanco Alto, Ashanco Bajo, Chinchis, Huadacush, Manuel Gonzales Prada, Ocros, Pampa y Pampa Laguna; will be benefit from access to telephony services, which will provide connection, and expected to contribute to increasing the productivity of its production and trade, and their integration to the market on more favorable terms.

This project began in June 2008 when the FMA held a private auction which was won by Telefonica Movistar. After that, both companies (Antamina and Telefonica Movistar) subscribed a contract in January 2009. Subsequently, in April 2009, they signed an agreement with the municipalities which will be benefited with the infrastructure and services.

Source: Telefónica del Perú
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Monday, 13 September 2010 05:58:49 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Sunday, 12 September 2010
To ensure that every school child can carry out its academic activities in the classroom or at home with the support of new technologies, Canaima Plan will give them a computer. Canaima is a project focused on developing tools and production models based on free information technology, which aims to build national capacity, endogenous development, ownership and promotion of free knowledge in Venezuelan children.

The president, Hugo Chávez Frías, said that for this the Bolivarian Government works great strides to meet this challenge: "For every child who enters school we will donate a laptop. We will achieve this goal and the child will gradually learn to be responsible to take care about it, to use it with the help of the teacher in the school or parents at home".

Source: CANTV-Venezuela
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Sunday, 12 September 2010 07:08:23 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Movistar launched "Aula 365" the first school support service with multimedia content for children from six to sixteen years old, which will benefit to the ADSL customers of the company for free. The tool, wich is unique in the Spanish market with these characteristics, will help to students to improve their performance and to parents to monitor their children, all with top educational quality content and safe access. This project, "Aula 365", allows to students to share their common interests in learning and build conversations within a safe environment and moderate, with the support of a virtual teacher.

With this initiative, Movistar aims to create an educational community-learning, providing an open service, safe and useful from home, contributing to society by stimulating the potential of children and young people and promote conversations that foster collective and collaborative intelligence.

To be a member of Classroom 365 (Aula 365) is necessary and essential that the parent / tutor should register the first time and access the tool via the url Once filled out a questionnaire that asks the necessary information, the responsible adult can register their children in the portal.

Source: Telefónica de España
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Sunday, 12 September 2010 06:44:19 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 10 September 2010
The Dominican Institute of Telecommunications (Indotel) and the Ministry of Education (Minerd) initiated contacts to establish a strategic alliance aimed to carry the Broadband Internet services to schools, through, joint projects and actions that include access to educational content through broadcast and the satellite system, with the assistance of telecommunications companies in the country.

The Minister of Education explained that: "his office has a new vision for the education of children and youth in all schools in the country" and for that, "is implementing a new model of educational intervention, focused on convergence media, which is a Dominican education revolution".

The minister said: "The first step we have taken is the creation and distribution of texts corresponding to initial and basic levels to the fourth degree, which requires the support of the technological means". Also, He said that "many of the schools' laboratories are equipped with computers, multimedia kits consist of electronic whiteboards, screens and projectors; plasma TVs connected via wireless television to receive the contents which are available from the Project PIM Learn TV and the Multimedia portal Learn PIM".

Source: Indotel
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Friday, 10 September 2010 06:15:56 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 06 September 2010
With the enactment of this Act, Chile officially becomes the first country in the world to guarantee the principle of network neutrality, setting a framework of transparency and rights for Internet users. The new law guarantees the right of anyone on the use of Internet, send, receive or provide any content, application or service over the Internet legally, with no crashes or arbitrary discrimination.
The Minister of Transport and Telecommunications, Felipe Morande said: "It is a concrete step for greater transparency in the broadband market, stimulating competition for service quality".

Download the Law No. 20 453, Act that "aproves the principle of neutrality on the Internet for Consumers and Internet Users"

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Monday, 06 September 2010 05:30:14 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Saturday, 04 September 2010
The president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, signed the regulation project on teleworking in order to improve the labor market and incorporate those who are not part of it, such as youth, women and the elderly people.

One way to encourage the entry of women into the labor market is encouraging teleworking. Today, female participation rates in Chile are low compared with the rest of the world. To meet the standards of the OECD, more than 700.000 women should be working.

The project protects the rights of workers to create a new "contract of employment at a distance" that will join to the current Labour Code. Also, the project allows a fair and appropriate contractual flexibility with respect to the old model.

The working in this new system will not be subject to a maximum of 45 hours per week, but if the employer requires certain times of connection, there must ensured a minimum of 10 continuous hours of rest. Also, a proposal is to provide to the worker, at least,  24-hours continuous break, after 144 hours worked. As for weekends, this may also be agreed between the parties. The employee may have two Sundays in a month or a break that includes Saturday and Sunday.

Source: Gobierno de Chile
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Saturday, 04 September 2010 05:50:58 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 01 September 2010

Digital Literacy: Preparing Adult Learners for Lifelong Learning and Flexible Employment is the theme of the 2010 UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of ICTs in Education. Funded by the Kingdom of Bahrain, the US$50,000 prize is divided equally between two winners. The deadline for submissions is 30 September 2010.

Every year, this prize rewards projects and activities that demonstrate best practice as well as creative use of ICTs to enhance learning, teaching and overall educational performance.

Submissions must reach UNESCO via the governments of Member States, in consultation with their UNESCO National Commissions, or by international non-governmental organizations which maintain formal relations with the Organization. Winners will be celebrated at an award ceremony on 12 January 2011 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

(Source: UNESCO)

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Wednesday, 01 September 2010 17:38:35 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

With the objective of facilitating the access of poor pregnant women to health services, Peruvian University Cayetano Heredia (UPCH), the Division of Science and Technology of Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Telefonica Movistar, presented the project "WAWANET: Connecting for improved maternal and child health in Peru", which call the innovative use of mobile telephony as a tool to raise levels of maternal and child health.


"WAWANET" aims to raise the levels of access, for low-income pregnant women, to health care system with the support of mobile technology, through Text Messages (SMS). In addition, the project aims to integrate an electronic medical record system with mobile technologies, all with the aim of improving information systems for mother and child.


 The pilot project will run initially in the Constitutional Province of Callao, benefiting 5.000 pregnant women in their early stages, where the UPCH has been working in maternal health projects since early 2009.



Source: Telefonica Movistar and IDB
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Wednesday, 01 September 2010 03:19:08 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The training program for work in this country created the pilot project "In the way of employability", which want to improve the access of employment through the Information and Comuncación Technology (ICT). This education program is developed by the Organization “Fe y Alegría” in the country.


This course makes known the hidden skills that each person has. There is one case of Rinat as an example, Rinat who is a young blind man, who thanks to this course, has found their skills with what he can meet the challenges presented to in the workplace. Rinat was part of “Fe y Alegría” institution and managed to interact through virtual classroom e-learning platform in the "road to employability," which includes three modules: 1) auto guidance, 2) job searching and 3) plan and improvement of selection processes. Rinat worked from the Internet lab of the Bolivian Institute of blindness, with a median speed Internet. 


“Fe y Alegría” is a member of the Red TICBolivia and encourages the participation of professional and personal development of people with different capacities. Also, they work for the comprehensive and quality education for urban, and rural people who are discriminated because their economic status, socio-political, ethnic, cultural and with people with disabilities.

Source: Red TIC Bolivia and Mintel

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Wednesday, 01 September 2010 03:13:23 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 31 August 2010
The Head of Government of Mexico City (Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon), and the Director of Telefonos de Mexico (Hector Slim Seade), put into operation the free service of Mobile WiFi Internet in Infinitum access in Mexico Park, with what there is a total of over 600 networking services in public spaces in Mexico City and it will be added about a thousand, as it was reported by TELMEX. This action is part of "TELMEX 2010: Technological Innovation Drive", which includes three main bodies: i) Connectivity, ii) impetus for Digital Education and Culture, and iii) the strengthening of Information Technology.

TELMEX has installed in all states of the country more than three thousand sites with Mobile WIFI connectivity in Infinitum. Also, as part of the program "Special Telephony", Telmex continues with the installation of public places in strategic locations in Mexico City for people with disabilities. This service was put also in Mexico Park. In this regard, the Head of Government said: "Telmex is committed to helping to Mexico City to meet its
objectives of digitization. Up to date, Telmex has installed 600 access points of free internet access, making this city with the most free Internet connections in public places. We will be the first city in Latin America where public schools are all digital, for that the support of TELMEX is essential".

Source: Telmex, AHCIET
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Tuesday, 31 August 2010 07:00:24 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
On the occasion of the National Earthquake Simulation, the Minister of Transportation and Communications from Peru, Enrique Cornejo Ramírez, called to the public to use the telecommunications responsibly to any disaster or emergency situations. In that sense, beside the main officer from Telefonica del Peru, the minister presented the spot "1, 2, 3 ... communication in disaster situations" which aims to raise awareness on the proper use of telecommunications services in emergencies.

The minister explained that according the international and national experience, in cases of earthquakes or natural disasters, communication networks are congested, because in a situation of this nature, all people want to communicate with their family and that creates congestion. Therefore, it is important to be properly prepared to facilitate communications in an emergency situation, using SMS (Short Messages Service) or Internet.

It is very important to consider the following recommendations:
1. Avoid calling, and do not insist in case the call is not completed because this makes the network even more congested. In case the call is got, everybody should be sure that the call will not take more than a minute. In an emergency situation, as it was described, communication is a scarce resource and should be used responsibly.

2. Use text messages. It is a very efficient communication channel, as it uses minimal resources, it has a better chance to reach their destination in a congested environment.

3. Use the Internet to send emails and communicate via chat, Facebook, Tiwter, etc. Like the text, this channel consumes minimal bandwidth compared to voice communication.

Source: MTC and AHCIET
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Tuesday, 31 August 2010 05:37:06 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 30 August 2010

Google is taking on internet telephone companies like Skype by allowing users to call from its free web-based email service. The service allows users to make calls to land lines and mobiles from inside their Gmail account. Phoning anywhere in the US and Canada will be free until the end of the year, while calls to the UK, France, China and Germany will cost 2 cents a minute. Until now Google offered computer-to-computer voice and video chat services.

"This is a real big deal because now hundreds of millions of Gmail users can make phone calls right from their Gmail page," Craig Walker, product manager for real-time communications told BBC News. "They don't need to download an additional application or anything to start making really high-quality low-cost calls. For the user it means much more efficient and low-cost communications."

The company plans an eye catching way to get non-Gmail users to give the product a go. It is in negotiations with a number of university campuses and airports to install red telephone boxes around the country to give users the chance to dial and try.

(Source: BBC News, Google)

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Monday, 30 August 2010 10:50:28 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

TEACHERS in Kenya can now acquire laptops complete with broadband internet connection and other software from Safaricom at affordable rates. This follows the signing of a partnership between Kenya’s leading telecoms firm, Safaricom, Equity Bank, Microsoft, Intel, Kenya Institute of Education and teachers’ main employer body, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).

Speaking during the signing ceremony at Safaricom Center, Safaricom Chief Executive Officer Michael Joseph said the initiative would allow teaching professionals in the middle and low- income segments of the economy to embrace technology at an affordable price.

The partnership will see Equity Bank provide credit facilities to teachers, while Safaricom will make the acquisition of the devices, bundled with internet usage, possible through its 32-strong Safaricom Retail Centre network across Kenya. Microsoft will provide certified and subsidised Office Application software and antivirus for the laptops. It will further host and support Microsoft Live@edu email solution to all Kenyan teachers and provide access to Microsoft Learning Essentials. The laptops will also come loaded with the KIE syllabuses for both primary and secondary education. Intel will provide an application for self- training material while the TSC will create awareness about the loan among its members, and help administer the facility through a check-off system.

“We are putting internet technology in the hands of those who need it most; teachers. This will give a boost to e-learning and improve overall performance in Kenyan schools,” said Joseph.

(Source: ict news Africa)

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Monday, 30 August 2010 10:40:28 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
With an investment of 159.231 million Colombian pesos, the Ministry of ICT of Colombia executes the plan of Broadband Internet connectivity in 25 departments of the country, which is run by Telefonica Telecom.

The third bi-annual telecommunications social plan will install 69.000 fixed broadband access in homes and in small and medium enterprises from 143 municipalities. The objective of this plan is the massification of broadband in the country and the installation of 2.500 access high-speed Internet in rural areas that are into the Bi-annual Plan 2.

The Minister for Information and Communications Technology said "The commitment of the Ministry of ICT III Bi-annual Plan is to provide 69.000 new fixed broadband ports to benefit the most needy Colombians and promote the development of small and medium industries in 143 locations, in 25 departments of the country". To provide connectivity, Telefonica Telecom will upgrade the infrastructure in these departments, migrating 31 microwave links to fiber optic technology. The importance of this modernization is to strengthen and expand the capacity and speed of broadband.

The population can purchase the service through Internet plans more than 1 Mbps, low-cost packages with duos and trios services. Also, this includes digital television and satellite telephone. In addition, implement a training program for ownership and understanding of the use of new technologies in communications.

Source: AHCIET and MIntic-Colombia
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Monday, 30 August 2010 05:30:49 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Sunday, 29 August 2010
The purpose of the realization of this event by the CRC, is focused on continuing to promote academic spaces for the exchange of knowledge on developments in the ICT market in Colombia and in the region, with special emphasis on new trends in the regulation on the above topic in the international context. The development of the workshop will focus on knowing an overview of the regulation of infrastructure sharing, both locally and from an international perspective, looking at case studies on the subject mentioned. It aims to complete the above workshop with a panel discussion involving all the guest speakers and also opens space for event attendees to express their views and concerns on this subject..

This event will feature the participation of international authorities in this topic from Europe and America. This event will take place from 25th to October 26th 2010, at the Hotel Las Americas Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.

Source:Comisión de Regulación de Comunicaciones (CRT) -Colombia
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Sunday, 29 August 2010 19:07:42 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 26 August 2010

Republica Dominicana is on the way to triple their bandwidth. The president of Indotel said the country is one that has greater bandwidth in Latin America, it has the same bandwidth capacity of Colombia, which has three times the size of Republica Dominicana and several times its population.

The Dominican Institute of Telecommunications (Indotel) announced the installation of three new undersea cables, a fiber optic ring that will surround the island, and other measures to reduce costs by 50% the cost of interconnection in the country.

The president of Indotel, Jose Rafael Vargas, said that these initiatives seek to influence in the reduction of charges to Internet and telephony services. He found that the rates for these services not only are affected by taxes, but also by the costs of interconnection providers.

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Thursday, 26 August 2010 05:36:48 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

This initiative of the Government of Chile and the company Entel provides public and private investment of over US$ 100 million.

For most of these towns it will be the first time they have access to advanced communication, benefiting schools, clinics and various productive activities. The Minister Felipe Morande said "this is a historic change in the rural world, the greatest advance in connectivity and communication for remote areas over the last 20 years."

This project constitutes the greatest improvement in rural connectivity over the last 20 years. It is the legacy of the Bicentennial project "Rural Internet Network: All Chile communicated", that enables the provision of broadband and mobile telephony to 1474 remote locations in the country.

This initiative of the Government of Chile and Entel will open its first phase in September, in 450 rural villages from 15 regions, and it will conclude in the year 2011. This project involves an investment over 100 million dollars benefiting in total more than three million Chileans.

Source: SUBTEL

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Thursday, 26 August 2010 05:32:14 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Technology experts from charity Telecoms Sans Frontieres are providing emergency telecoms services to the victims of the flooding in Pakistan.

TSF, which has been in Pakistan since 9 August, said it has been providing telecoms services to victims of the flooding to allow them to call relatives and friends abroad. Around 945 families have been provided with calls so far, according to TSF. “For many people, the call provided by TSF is the first call since the outbreak of the disaster,” the organization said. “Many victims have lost their mobile phone or are in places with no electricity to recharge or simply have no money to buy credit.”

According to UN officials, the Pakistan floods cover an area the size of England with up to 20 million people affected. At least 1,600 people have been killed, with health officials warning the toll could rise as water-borne diseases spread, TSF reported.

TSF said it has 8 mobile teams, equipped with satellite and GSM phones, in the districts of Peshawar, Nowshera and Charsadda and plan to operate in the country for at least a month. The teams are composed of one man and one woman to allow both men and women to make a call, TSF said.

TSF staff also provides support to OCHA/UNDAC and the other UN agencies in the inter-agency office in Multan, Punjab Province. This assignment is scheduled until staff from the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster and other OCHA partners (IHP) take over. TSF continues to coordinate with the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) as per further needs for ICT support to aid agencies.

Telecoms Sans Frontieres (TSF) deployed to Haiti in January to respond the impact of the earthquake in the country. The charity specialises in setting up communications infrastructure to allow aid-agencies to communicate on the ground more effectively.

( Sources: eweek europe, TSF )

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Wednesday, 25 August 2010 11:58:51 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The incumbent Rwandan President Paul Kagame has promised to continue maintaining growth in all sectors of the economy in the next seven years after winning the August 9 election by 93.08%. He said his regime would focus on social and economic transformation, political processes and democratization.

He singled out food security, women empowerment, health care, insurance, and education as areas he will focus on.He said he would continue increasing investment in infrastructure in Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) to enable Rwandans to be informed and to communicate.

(Source: East African Business Week)

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Wednesday, 25 August 2010 11:39:56 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 24 August 2010

ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré has issued a global appeal for contributions to assist the flood-affected victims in Pakistan. ITU’s emergency telecommunications team is also working with the Government of Pakistan towards rehabilitating the telecommunication infrastructure, which has been rendered inoperative in many parts of the country.

The floods ravaging Pakistan are the worst ever in living memory. Over 15 million people have been displaced and vast tracts of fertile agricultural land have been inundated, with many facing the prospect of a continuing battle with water-borne diseases and malnutrition. The livelihoods of several millions have been affected with severe long-term repercussions on the economic and social life of the country.

“The whole world is in deep shock as this tragedy continues to unfold,” Dr Touré said. “ITU stands in utmost solidarity with the people of Pakistan in their hour of need and I join UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in urging our stakeholders to respond generously to meet the urgent demand for relief and rehabilitation efforts.”

ITU regularly contributes emergency telecommunications assistance in the wake of humanitarian disasters, such as in the immediate aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Haiti in January this year as well as in other parts of the world.

(Source: ITU Newsroom)

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Tuesday, 24 August 2010 22:18:33 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
The effort of two entities (AHCIET and CyberVolunteers), envolved in this agreement, will be developed around a main axis: the ICT and civil society. AHCIET already done important work in this field especially in ICT applications for various productive sectors, for which it is holding meetings on: ICT and Farming, ICT and Tourism, or ICT and Health, among others.

The collaboration with Cybervolunteers will focus on the formulation of projects related on training in the use of technology, digital literacy and other related on social utility. Both institutions will also participate in consortia, in the identification and development of programs of funding and implementation of projects. AHCIET in turn will promote their networks through the creation of a network of cybervolunteers in Latin America. The elaboration of reports together and the participation in events which involve ICT  are other areas of collaboration.

About AHCIET, it is the Iberoamerican Association of Research Centers and Telecommunications Companies. AHCIET is a private and nonprofit organization, which includes more than 50 operators and telecommunications companies in Latin America and Spain. More information at

Cybervolunteers, it is a nonprofit organization that promotes the use and knowledge of new technologies, that means to promote social innovation and citizen empowerment. More information at

Source: AHCIET
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Tuesday, 24 August 2010 04:56:27 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 23 August 2010
The Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) from the Inter American Development Bank (IDB) announced the approval of total grants US$ 2 million to fund seven pilot projects of information and communication technology (ICT) to benefit small and medium enterprises in Latin America and the Caribbean. Among these Projects is Turístic: A Showcase for the World Tolima, University of Ibague (Colombia).

The projects were selected through a call of the Programme for Innovation in Information and Communications Technology for Electronic Commerce and the Development of SMEs. From more than 400 proposals submitted by organizations from 21 countries in the region, were chosen as follows:

- ICTs to strengthen SME business National
consortium partners by Intercooperation Foundation of Ecuador.
- Information System for Agricultural and Agroindustrial Sector- The virtual extension, Foundation for Agricultural Technological Innovation (FIAGRO), El Salvador.
- System Information and Training for Quality Seeds, Vox Terra de Bolivia.
- Turistic: A Showcase from
Tolima for the World, University of Ibague, Colombia.
- Virtual Platform Bahamas, Center of Commerce from Bahamas.
- Innovative Technology Platform for Foreign Trade - PTI-COMEX, Cluster Technology Córdoba, Argentina.
- Innovation in ICT for Industry Development of the Carnival of Trinidad y Tobago, Coalition of Services of Trinidad y Tobago.

Source:CINTEL (Research Centre for Telecommunications)
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 Sunday, 22 August 2010

In order to refine the first agreement in the technological area, delegates from Venezuela were working with representatives of the Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Society (Mintel) from Ecuador in the Infocenter project . Under the cooperation agreement signed between the governments of Ecuador and Venezuela, signed by Mintel from Ecuador and the Ministry of Popular Power for Science, Technology and Intermediate Industries (MPPCTII) from Venezuela (Infocenter Foundation) there are various activities between these two countries.

Under this agreement there is a number of projects that encourage the exchange of experience between these governments to create new socio-techlogical spaces  (Infocenter). Anibal Ghanem, Venezuelan Manager in Technology, said that the purpose of this visit is to strengthening the Infocentre program, and develop this project in Ecuador. Also, Mr. Miguel Albán - Digital  Director of Mintel was pleased by the work done as part of this process of exchange of experiences.

(Source: Mintel- Ecuador)
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 Friday, 20 August 2010

The Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Society from Ecuador (Mintel) and SENACYT are institutions that share common interests in the field of research, science and technology. Mintel and SENACYT promotes coordination with public and private institutions, scientific and technological research in the field of information and communication technologies for the development of information society and knowledge.

The purpose of the agreement between Mintel and SENACYT is to establish a general framework of cooperation to coordinate and joint actions that allow to allocate  the financial, human and technical resources of the institutions involved in conducting studies and projects.

The specific objectives of this agreement are:

- Supporting each other and cooperate for the development, promotion and dissemination of scientific research and innovation - technology in Ecuador.

- Participate jointly in terms of scholarships, training, conferences, seminars, workshops and other related to the promotion and dissemination of science and technology.

(Source: MINTEL)
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 Wednesday, 18 August 2010

NASHUA Mobile, one of South Africa’s leading mobile service providers, is launching a new programme aimed at addressing educational woes in the country. The programme, Streetwise Solution, is “an online learning system that has been implemented at four schools in South Africa in line with Nashua Mobile’s commitment to boosting education across the country”, according to a press statement.

Nashua Mobile says it aims to focus on making a contribution to the improvement of the education system. “The Streetwise Solution is a unique text-based email and information terminal that connects underprivileged schools to live on-line information that is sourced from reputable content developers,” reads the statement. The new solution, dubbed Online Encyclopedias, would comprise email, live current news, curriculum based worksheets and a host of other teaching and learning tools which would be brought right into the classroom.

(Source: it news Africa)

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Handicapped Youth Development Association breathes a sigh of relief after getting UN-HABITAT backing for disability project in Sierra Leone with $20,000 grant.

The Handicapped Youth Development Association (HYDA) was founded in 1998 as a response to salvage the numerous social ills faced by the disabled youth in Sierra Leone. HYDA is dedicated to the goal of enhancing the full and equal participation of young people with disabilities in social and economic life as well as providing an enabling environment for the enjoyment of human rights.

The centre would have been shut down unless emergency funding prevents the youth from being homeless. But fortunately, UN-HABITAT has provided $20,000 to support the group‘s Disability Is Not Inability initiative, a 10-month project targeting urban disabled youth in the capital, Freetown, with training courses in information and communication technology (ICT), entrepreneurship and vocational skills.

The project, which was selected from among 1,500 applications from 85 countries, was announced on 12 August, which is observed as International Youth Day. The award come from UN-HABITAT’s flagship Youth-led Development Fund, which is dedicated to supporting innovative ideas aimed at alleviating poverty, improving employment prospects for young people and increasing the participation of young people in democratic processes.

(Source: Sierra Express Media)

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Wednesday, 18 August 2010 10:09:16 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
The Digital Network in Education (RED) is a program funded by the Ministry of Education of the Province of Rio Negro. In the website of this program can be found several proposals with ICT, including material aimed at teaching and activity guides for students.

There is also possible to access to a library of resources for primary and secondary level in education, from which everybody can download educational software, utilities and visit several educational sites, blogs and virtual libraries.
The program also offers several courses and workshops and a mobile digital classroom project. More information is available in the website of the program.

(Source: website RED Program and Inclusion Digital)
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EDUTEKA is published by the Foundation “Gabriel Piedrahita Uribe (FGPU)” which provides, free of charge, all class material for teachers, school managers and teacher trainers interested in improving elementary and secondary education with the support of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

EDUTEKA offers hundreds of their own resources and several links to other sites for educators. Some of the educational contents cover general topics, because their special value. However, most of them focus on the missionary theme of EDUTEKA: theoretical and practical resources that help to enrich the learning environments using ICT.

(Sources: Eduteka and inclusiondigital)

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 Monday, 16 August 2010

Computer micro-processor manufacturing giant INTEL Corporation has announced a number of initiatives to further develop ICT in Ghana. The company which has already established a local presence is pledging to assist the country with the needed expertise and technology to grow it into an IT hub in the region.

Corporate Affairs Manager of Group Intel, Olubunmi Ekundare explained to Joy Business some of the projects. “We have been able to help programmes that make it possible for teachers to have access to PC’s to buy their own PC “We are looking within the next one year to bring ICTs to the fore front in terms of education and small businesses,” he said.

He added farmers will also be introduced to the use of ICT to inform them on which pesticides and other things to use in order to boost their production.

Intel worldwide has been operating in Ghana since 2006. It is already working in partnership with both the Ministry of Education and Communication to offer awareness and training in ICT.

(Source:Joy Online )

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The Coalition has announced a $120 million program of grants for "technology improvements" at schools.

Schools would be able to apply to a School Technology Assessment Panel for up to $50,000 in funding, according to Opposition leader Tony Abbott. The money was intended to support "new and future teaching and learning approaches - including the integration of ICT and multimedia technologies". But it was up to individual schools to decide on what technology they would procure, Abbott said.

Applications from "the most disadvantaged schools" would be given priority under the scheme to ensure the benefits of ICT could be spread around.

(Source: itnews)

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 Sunday, 15 August 2010
"Aulas Hermanas" is a international collaborative project aimed to students between 12 and 17 years old, promoting interaction and collective construction of two classrooms in different countries (twin classrooms), through technology and Internet platforms. As a result of the interaction between the participating classrooms they get a blog that records the investigations, interactions and results of the "twin classrooms" coming around to the subject treated. This year, under the title "Living together", the organization proposes to address the issue of tolerance and coexistence in the context of societies with different kinds of differences.

The collaborative project "Aulas Hermanas" which has met since 2002, aims to link teachers and students from member countries of the Latin American Network of Educational Portals (RELPE), including Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru , Uruguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and Guatemala.
The registration for teachers and students who wants to participate are open until August 20th,2010.

(Source: EducAR and Aulas Hermanas)
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 Thursday, 12 August 2010
As part of the inauguration of the second Campus "Mexico Party powered by movistar", the Minister of Communications and Transportation, Juan Molinar Horcasitas, announced the creation at national level of Digital clubs to promote the use of technology and cut the digital gap existing.

The director of Telefonica Movistar (Francisco Gil Diaz), the Coordinator of the Information Society and Knowledge of the SCT, (Talavera Eloisa Hernandez), urged young people "campuseros" to participate in this digital clubs and increase the use of technology and the Internet in their regions.

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The meeting is part of the schedule of Information and Training of the National Plan of Inclusion Digital in education, specifically into the program "One computer to each student".

The meeting was held with the participation of around 65 people. This Workshop consisted in the Training and information of the participants about the National Digital Inclusion Plan in education and the program "one computer to each student". The organization of the Seminar and the development of this was led by the National Team of Plan IDE.

After the opening of the "model classroom", there was a plenary presentation to all attendees on the scope of IDE Plan. In this space the training materials were showed by the Plan team to see this first stage. Also the participants could navigate in the website of the Plan and the presentations, resources that were already stored, the educational map with information on technical schools, news, digitized materials and teaching aids.

(Source:Ministry of education of Argentina)
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Thursday, 12 August 2010 15:19:23 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
"Fono Ya" has become an opportunity for communications for households and small businesses that could not have a landline because their low income level and irregular monthly income. This is an innovative technological solution for their marketing model.

It is an innovative fixed phone service with wireless access for urban households which belong to lower socioeconomic segments. Before this initiative this areas had no landline at home and were within wireless coverage. Technically the product is supported on the Telefónica Móviles mobile network, allowing you to take advantage of the extensive network deployed by the company in order to provide service at low cost and the possibility to reach more locations connected.

Thanks to this characteristics and the low price and purchasing ability according the locations where these are offered, "Fono Ya" become the most convenient landline communications. The price is $ 1 (one sol) diary, which equates to US$ 0.30.

(Source:Confederacion Espanhola de Organizaciones Empresariales (CEOE))
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Thursday, 12 August 2010 14:41:54 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
In the International Day  of Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, Microsoft Peru Announces the availability of training materials for teachers to provide content for the proper adaptation of Windows XP and Office 2007 in "Quechua". This initiative is part of Microsoft Peru social responsibility program "Partners in Learning and the Native Language Program Microsoft Corp."

According to the General  Manager of Microsoft Peru (Mariscal Torres) "according to recent statistic information, in Peru there are more than 7 million Quechua speakers. This means that approximately one quarter of the population has Quechua as their mother tongue in our country".

(Source:Agencia Digital)
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Thursday, 12 August 2010 13:59:24 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Through its program "Unlimited Potential", Microsoft Peru made a donation (in cash and software) to the organization "YES Peru" to implement the project "Digital Literacy Infocentre", which seeks to provide training in the use of virtual tools.

This project will let that low-income youth people from San Juan de Lurigancho, as well as women from grassroots organizations, can be trained in the use of virtual tools (E-business, E-Governance, among others). They can ensure their integration into the labor market and improve their life expectancy. With a duration of one year, this initiative will benefit 500 young people from the area and approximately 250 women and it hopes to be replicated in other parts of the country.

(Source:Universia Peru)
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Thursday, 12 August 2010 12:57:05 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
The Digital Inclusion Programme, which takes place in Cajamarca region (north-east of Peru), will train more than four thousand teachers in the effective and appropriate use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). This programme will be applied in the classroom, enhancing the academic conditions of teachers and students in the region. Thus, the project constitutes an important tool for building better students and promote the development of the region.

The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) grouped the elements and techniques used in the processing and transmission of information, especially information technology, Internet and telecommunications.

Around the country this project operates in different cities of Peru, benefiting about 41 000 teachers in the regions of Ayacucho, Piura, Ica, Cusco, Apurimac, Arequipa, Tacna, Huancavelica, Pasco and La Libertad.

(Source:Panorama Cajamarquino)
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"Consegi 2010" is the International Congress of Free Software and Electronic Government, is an event of Latin America for the world. In this event the participants will share the progress and the achievements on the free software in public administration. This important event will take place in Brasilia, Brazil, from Wednesday 18 to Friday 20 August.

The event has (9) nine different topics with more than 200 conferences and 50 workshops, as shown below:
1 - Infrastructure and Environment Platform as a service for computing
2 - Software as a Service for computing environment
3 - Governance, Management and Strategy
4 - Free Software Ecosystem: Communities and Collaboration
5 - Free Systems and Applications: Development and use
6 - Mobility,
Open-hardware technology
7 - Patterns, and Policy Interoperabilidade technological and industrial development
8 - Social Development, Education and Digital Inclusion Training
9 - Multimedia & Convergent Media.

( and Consegiwebside)
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YouTube is making the tens of millions of videos it hosts more accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing by putting automatic captions on them.

The Google-owned company said this use of speech recognition technology is probably the biggest experiment of its kind online. Previously captions were only on a small amount of content. Initially the feature will apply to English language videos, with other languages being added in the coming months. In November last year, YouTube rolled out automatic captions to a handful of partners including the University of California, Berkeley, Yale University and National Geographic.

YouTube said by opening all this content to those who have not really been able to access it in the past should democratize information and "help foster greater collaboration and understanding".

(Source: BBC News)

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IBM East Africa has announced plans to partner with regional universities on software development. In an agreement with several institutions in the region, both private and public, the company’s academic initiative will also facilitate curriculum development in technology training.

The East Africa Country Manager Tony Mwai told journalists in Nairobi that the collaboration would place emphasis on the development of software that is relevant to the local market. “IBM EA will create a linkage with universities abroad that have specialized in software development and tailor make the curriculum to produce software relevant to this part of the word. IBM has unveiled the zEnterprise System, a technological breakthrough that is set to revolutionize the way data centres work,” he said.

(Source: it news Africa)

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Thursday, 12 August 2010 10:47:19 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Bicentennial Microsoft Plan is a set of initiatives and actions that aim to contribute to the development of Chile through the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in strategic areas such as education and innovation. Thus, in 2010 there will be a most competitive country that provides better and more opportunities to all its inhabitants.

Bicentennial Microsoft Plan is developed through three pillars, such as: Digital Inclusion, Country Calendar and Economic Development.

Regarding Digital Inclusion, the Bicentennial Microsoft Plan responds to the problem of Digital Gap with its initiative of Digital Inclusion: to involve those outside to this new era and provide them access to all their profits. To achieve this objective, the corporation has a number of projects to mitigate this problem:

(i) Alliance for Education; This program is working fully to support education. This support consist in the training of teachers and students in the use of ICT, software support to merchants and other programs to generate "digital" contents for the classrooms. Here you can learn more about some cases where this program has been implemented in Chile.
(ii) Unlimited Potential (UP);This program is aimed at creating social ecosystems suitable for adoption of information technologies in marginal sectors of society.Some examples where Microsoft has been working with agencies as part of the program in Chile are here.

(Source:Microsoft Chile/educacion)
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 Wednesday, 11 August 2010

MICROSOFT, together with the Ministry of Education in Kenya is in the process of implementing programs that will enable all schools in Kenya to be online. According to Microsoft Corporate and Social Responsibility East and South Africa Manager Mark Matunga, plans were underway to ensure that all schools in Kenya get to be digitized with the curriculum installed from primary to high school at the shortest time possible.

Speaking in Nairobi, Matunga said Microsoft was working together with the Kenya Institute of Education (KIE) in developing digital content that is mapped into the current curriculum and said so far the programme for form one was complete and they were working on form two which they hoped would take about six months to complete.“Students will in future able to study online by using this new curriculum that we will have installed in their respective schools. Government will also save on costs of buying text books and also avoid scams like the recent one of money being misused at the Ministry of Education” said Matunga.

He also said the government was making efforts to ensure that all teachers were ICT compliant by ensuring all the Teachers Training Colleges were equipped with the latest technology and online.  The minister said that the programme that was being installed in school computers was user friendly and easy to learn.

(Source:it news Africa)

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Since establishing the KERIS on April 22nd, 1999, KERIS has been responsible for Korea’s educational Information & Communication Technology (ICT) development. It works closely with international organizations such as the World Bank and UNESCO to assist other nations in developing or improving their own ICT infrastructure and implementation.

The National Teaching & Learning Center (EDUNET), is a comprehensive education information service in Korea with public access, but designed specifically for teachers and students. Through linkage to the central government, local governments, and schools, EDUNET provides a range of instructional and learning support material and other education-related information.

The Cyber Home Learning System is a web-based that enables self-study at home or at sites other than schools. Students can learn at their own pace with adjustable materials to suit individual needs.

The Digital Library Support System (DLS) is a system that supports school libraries built within metropolitan and provincial Offices of Education, and is an Internet-based, one-stop service system that helps school libraries carry out the functions of a teaching-learning support center, digital library, and reading & culture center.

U-Class, the actual ubiquitous classroom model built by the Korea Education & Research Information Service (KERIS), is celebrating its 3rd anniversary since opening, in June of 2007 and to date has had a total of 5058 domestic and international visitors. U-class is a state-of-the art “classroom of the future”, a place where students and teachers can experience future educational facilities consisting of cutting edge technologies for classrooms. KERIS has been implementing robotic assistants within primary school classrooms, using them to aid children as they learn English. KERIS looks forward to the important role of the U-class to promote the establishment of the future classroom model in Korea.

KERIS received the Received the 1st UNESCO Prize for ICT in Education in 2007.

(Sources: KERIS, Wikipedia)

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 Tuesday, 10 August 2010
The Government of Colombia evaluated the progress of its initiatives "Compartel" and "Computers for Schools", which over ten years ago were implemented with the intention of providing access to information and communication technologies for children and young people. The results exceeded the expectations of the autorithies and realized that ICT helped to improve education and increase the chances that people enter university.

According to Minister of ICT, Daniel Medina, the plan became a real contribution to national development. "Not only by improving the infrastructure of the schools and teaching qualification, but also the contribution to enhancing the quality of education and expanding opportunities for new generations."

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