Integrating ICT into education

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 organization.

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 education.

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.

For more information on the work of Ericsson and the role of ICT in society please visit The Networked Society blog.

By:  The State of Broadband Report 2012 : Achieving Digital Inclusion for all.

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2 comments

  1. I vaguely recall ICT from a while back, but am trying to recall its purpose in regards to education. Guess I need to read more about it.

    1. For further reading and examples of how ICT is impacting education all around the world, please read the Ericsson Technology For Good Blog where it highlights an example in Guangdong, China and how ICT is the future of learning. The blog post can be found here: http://www.ericsson.com/thecompany/sustainability_corporateresponsibility/technology-for-good-blog/2012/11/19/in-guangdong-ict-is-the-future-of-learning/

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