Monday, April 06, 2009

New On-line Book Helps Educators use ICT to Support Schools

This information is taken from the web site of the “Educational Research Network for West and Central Africa” (ERNWACA):

The debate is no longer whether to use information and communication technologies (ICT) in education in Africa but how to do so, and how to ensure equitable access for teachers and learners, whether in urban or rural settings. This is a book about how Africans adopt and adapt ICT. It is also about how ICT shape African schools and classrooms. Why do we use ICT, or not? Do girls and boys use them in the same ways? How are teachers and students in primary and secondary schools in Africa using ICT in teaching and learning? How does the process transform relations among learners, educators and knowledge construction?

“This collection by 19 researchers from Africa, Europe, and North America explores these questions from a pedagogical perspective and specific socio-cultural contexts. Many of the contributors draw on learning theory and survey data from 36 schools, 66000 students and 3000 teachers. The book is rich in empirical detail on the perceived importance and appropriation of ICT in the development of education in Africa. It critically examines the potential for creative use of ICT to question habits, change mindsets, and deepen practice. The contributions are in both English and French."


Anyone who is planning to start a school that will use ICT to enhance its offerings, or wishes to enhance the offerings of an existing school should take a look at this.

You can get the online version of the book:

in ERNWACA’s Virtual Library

or at the following link for: Both French and English Versions

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