Education

Education

ICTs in education helps with access to educational services, improves teacher capacity to deliver those services, and strengthens education system capacity.

It’s not enough to simply have access to computers in the classroom or for students to have mobile phones or computer labs.

Many ICT4D professionals work to ensure that there is effective training of these tools, that they are incorporated into local school programs, and that they are resourced in sustainable ways.

Ideas

  • Teachers using computers in the classroom.
  • Teacher training on computer skills, and educational and productivity software.
  • Camps, clubs, and conferences targeting educational ICT engagement.

Resources

Readings

Videos

  • TED -- Informational videos on a variety of topics from some of the greatest thinkers in the world. (Video > education > lessons)
  • TED-Ed -- Carefully curated educational videos. (Video > education > lessons)

Websites

  • African Story Book -- Stories for multilingual literacy development. (Website > education > books, library)
  • Bartleby -- Large collection of reference works, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. (Website > education > course, language learning)
  • BBC Languages -- Courses and other resources for people learning French, German, Italian, and others. (Website > education > language learning)
  • Cell-Ed -- Essential skills on the go. (Website > education > course, training)
  • CK-12 Foundation -- Textbooks, flashcards, simulations, and examples across all secondary school subjects. (Website > education > lessons)
  • Curriki -- Curates content in a variety of disciplines, highlighting noteworthy teachers and content. With more than 8 million users from nearly 200 different countries, this site has been a vibrant place to create, share, and find open educational resources (OERs). (Website > education > lessons)
  • EDSITEment - National Endowment for the Humanities -- A project of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The site offers teaching materials organized into four categories: Art and Culture, Foreign Languages, History and Social Studies, and Literature and Language Arts. (Website > education > media, art and culture, language, history, literature)
  • Endangered Language Resources -- Resources for conservation, development, and documentation of endangered, minority, and low or under-resourced human languages. Links to about a zillion open source projects, all language related. (Website > education > language teaching)
  • ESL Tutor Support -- A collection of lesson ideas specifically for adult educators in reading, writing, math and financial literacy, the GED, and workplace skills. Special lesson ideas for working with ESL and learning-disabled students. (Website > education > adult education)
  • eTekkatho -- Educational resources for the Myanmar academic community. (Website > education > education, offline, library)
  • Exploring the Environment - The Center for Education Technology -- Problem-based learning approach to studying climate change and weather. Students will use data from NASA and various climate science data sets to study different aspects of global warming. (Website > education > environment, stem, lessons)
  • Food Fun: From Apples to Zucchini - The University of Illinois -- Resources to help students learn about nutrition. This program is interdisciplinary and is designed to introduce students to produce they may not be familiar with by talking a little bit about fun facts and nutritional information. The website will also help to enhance students' math, reading, writing, and creative arts skills. (Website > education > health, nutrition, lessons)
  • General Assembly -- Learn technology, design, and business skills from industry professionals in our global community. (Website > education > course, design, technology)
  • Global Reading Network -- USAID hub to 'improve the impact, scale, and sustainability of primary grade reading programs'. (Website > education > literacy, lessons)
  • Good-Tutorials -- Offers technology-focused tutorials curated from third-party sites on CSS, HTML, photography, Photoshop, and more. (Website > education > course, code)
  • Guides.co -- Search the largest collection of online guides. (Website > education > guides)
  • Historical Children's Literature - UFDC Baldwin Library -- Historical (and therefore in the public domain) literature. Can be very dated-but interesting nonetheless. (Website > education > literacy, books, literature)
  • ICDL - International Children's Digital Library -- Open repository of digital texts aimed at children of a global context. (Website > education > literacy, books, literature)
  • Internet Archive -- Nonprofit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, and more. (Website > education > audio, video, music, books, library)
  • Learni.st -- Learn from expertly curated web, print and video content. (Website > education > course)
  • LearningMedia - PBS -- A free service that brings together digital content from trusted organizations and public broadcasters, including videos, games, audio clips, photos, and lesson plans. (Website > education > lessons)
  • Lessons - CK-12 Foundation -- Textbooks, flashcards, simulations, and examples across all secondary school subjects. (Website > education > lessons)
  • Literacy Link - PBS -- Wide range of adult basic education resources with interactive lessons. Teacher accounts allow access to a collection of lesson plans and handouts. (Website > education > adult education, literacy, lessons)
  • Museum of Science + Industry Chicago -- series of games, apps, videos, and activities that teach science in an interactive, easily accessible way. (Website > education > environment, stem, lessons)
  • National Geographic Kids -- Many resources on different kinds of animals and their environments. (Website > education > environment, stem, lessons)
  • OER Commons -- Vast database of teacher-created curriculum. The content is vetted for credibility and provides citations for reference. (Website > education > library, lessons)
  • Open Culture -- Free cultural and educational media, including audio books, online courses, certificate courses/MOOCs, movies, eBooks, K-12 resources, and language lessons. (Website > education > library, lessons, music, audio, video, books)
  • Open Library -- Classics of world literature. (Website > education > library, books, literature)
  • Power Up - The UK Power Network -- Information about how electricity works, where it comes from, and, most importantly, how to stay safe. There are fun, interactive games where kids can build their own circuits, trace how electricity travels to homes, and take quizzes to test their knowledge. (Website > education > environment, electricity, stem)
  • Project Gutenberg -- Over 50,000 free eBooks in many formats available for download and online reading. (Website > education > books, literature)
  • PSDTUTS -- Free tutorials in design and illustration, 3D, motion graphics, photography, and audio. (Website > education > course, graphics, design, 3d, audio, video)
  • RACHEL Package -- Remote Area Community Hotspot for Education & Learning (RACHEL) is a collection of tools and offline digital content curated for the Global South educational environment. This version uses a larger hard drive configuration. (Website > education > content, offline)
  • ReadWriteThink -- Links to subject-specific curriculum sites. (Website > education > lessons)
  • Sing Me a Story -- Open listing of songs to listen to for children around the world. (Website > education > song)
  • SmartHistory -- A great art history resource. This site features content organized by time period, style, artist and theme. It's more of a gallery of art history than a textbook. (Website > education > fine art, history, lessons)
  • Survivor Library -- Public domain materials that are geared towards survival skills. (Website > education > offline, survival)
  • Technology and Education - Box of Tricks -- Constantly updated list of some of the best free internet resources for education. (Website > education > library, lessons)
  • Textbook Revolution -- Student-run site that gives users access to free textbooks in subjects ranging from accounting to chemistry. (Website > education > books)
  • The Free Library -- The go-to place for access to newspapers, magazines, journal articles, and classic books. (Website > education > books)
  • TV411 -- Engaging videos on reading and writing and sections on basic finance, science, and math. (Website > education > books, video)
  • WatchKnowLearn -- A wiki that allows teachers to edit/remix lessons by finding videos to use in lessons and allows educators to connect with other educators. (Website > education > lessons, video)
  • Weather Wiz Kids -- Explore the fascinating world of weather. It has explanations of many different weather phenomena, and a large variety of games, jokes, and quizzes about weather. (Website > education > environment, stem, lessons)

Services

  • Busuu -- Practice your listening, reading, speaking and writing skills and interact with our international community of native speakers. (Service > education > language learning)
  • Chesscademy -- Learn How to Play Chess Online. (Service > education > game)
  • Coursera -- MOOC offering many, many free courses. (Service > education > course)
  • Duolingo -- Users can learn Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, French, German, Dutch, and Irish for free. Uses gamification with a focus on mobile learning. (Service > education > language learning)
  • Educational Pack - OLPC -- A collection of educational materials consolidated by the OLPC project. (Service > education > offline)
  • EdX -- MOOC that offers 200+ online classes from almost 50 partner universities. (Service > education > course)
  • Foundation Package - CK-12 -- From CK-12 Foundation, textbooks, flashcards, simulations, and examples across all secondary school subjects. (Service > education > offline content)
  • Iron Yards -- Learn to code courses. (Service > education > course, developer)
  • iTunes U -- Courses through colleges, free lectures, and browse-able collections. (Service > education > course)
  • KentonMurray/bevara -- Android Phone Application designed for Linguistic Fieldwork to help preserve, maintain, and save endangered languages. (Service > education > language teaching)
  • Khan Academy -- Free education videos on many topics. (Service > education > course)
  • Khan Academy Lite -- Fully offline courses! (Service > education > offline, course)
  • Khan Academy Lite from Learning Equality -- Khan Academy videos packaged for offline viewing and sharing. (Service > education > course, offline)
  • LibriVox -- Free public domain audiobooks. (Service > education > audiobooks)
  • Lingvist -- Learn a language in 200 hours. (Service > education > language learning)
  • LiveMocha -- Activities, self-paced lessons, live instructor-led classes, and writing and speaking exercises in 38 languages. Learners can get personal feedback on grammar and writing for free. Community members help each other learn via practice exercises, mini lessons, and instant messaging. (Service > education > language learning)
  • Lynda -- Professional online courses, classes, training, tutorials. (Service > education > course, developer)
  • Memrise -- Uses game-based and visual content to help users boost skills in vocabulary, languages, history, and science. Includes 300,000+ courses. (Service > education > offline content, memorization)
  • MIT OpenCourseware -- The ability to audit 2,200+ courses from MIT. (Service > education > course)
  • Mitzuli -- Simple translation app -- might be a great jumping off point for field staff. The repository for data is here. (Service > education > language teaching, translation)
  • NovoEd -- Social learning and professional development. (Service > education > course)
  • Offline Project Gutenberg -- From Project Gutenberg, a searchable, categorized selection of over 400 of the most beloved and respected books from around the world, collected from Project Gutenberg. (Service > education > offline)
  • Offline Resources - Practical Action -- From Practical Action's Resource Library, over 2,000 online resources available from the team at Practical Action, including technical briefs and drawings, and audios and videos, on a range of topics and subtopics, and in different languages. The resources are all focused on small-scale appropriate technologies aimed at improving access to infrastructure and enterprise development for people living in poverty. (Service > education > offline)
  • OLE Nepal's E-Pustakalaya -- E-Pustakalaya is an education-focused digital library containing full-text documents, images, videos and audio files that can be accessed through an intranet or the internet. (Service > education > offline)
  • Pianu -- A new way to learn piano online, interactively. (Service > education > game, piano)
  • Pimsleur Language Learning -- Learn many rare languages this way - Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, and Greek. (Service > education > language learning)
  • Podcasts - RadioLab -- Radiolab is a radio program produced by WNYC, a public radio station in New York City, and broadcast on public radio stations in the United States. The show is nationally syndicated and is available as a podcast. (Service > education > offline, podcast)
  • Primary School Resources - UNESCO -- From UNESCO, teachers' resources from the UNESCO International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa.. (Service > education > offline)
  • RACHEL Package - GCF LearnFree -- From GCF LearnFree.org, illustrated articles and videos focusing on technology, job training, reading, and math skills. (Service > education > educational, offline content)
  • RACHEL Package - Wikipedia for Schools Package -- Selection of articles focused on school children around the world (6000 articles, 26 million words and 50,000 images) from SOS Children's Villages. (Service > education > offline)
  • Refugee Phrasebook -- Open phrasebook for refugees and people who just arrived. Wonderful project that covers everything from data collection to organization to printing. Another article on it. (Service > education > language teaching)
  • Skillshare -- Online classes. (Service > education > course)
  • SpeedCoder -- Typing practice for programmers. (Service > education > typing)
  • Standard Ebooks -- Free ebooks, similar to the Gutenberg collection, but that have been carefully edited and formatted. (Service > education > books, offline, literature)
  • Tuts+ -- Free how-to tutorials and online courses. (Service > education > course)
  • Udacity -- Free online courses. (Service > education > course)
  • Udemy -- Many online course topics. (Service > education > course)
  • Webonary.org -- Online dictionary of rare languages. (Service > education > language teaching)
  • Yousician -- Your personal guitar tutor for the digital age. (Service > education > game, music)

Software

  • Anki -- Flash cards. (Software > education > software, memorization)
  • Bloom -- Book Making Software from SIL International. Create simple books and translate them into multiple languages. (Software > education > software, literacy)
  • Edubuntu -- An operating system (Ubuntu/Linux) that contains all the best free software available in education and make it easy to install and maintain. (Software > education > software, operating system, linux)
  • Stellarium -- Constellation drawing, star names, planet viewing, nebulae watching, and more. (Software > education > software, astronomy)
  • SynPhony Literacy System -- SynPhony's aim is to match the words and texts of any language to the reading ability of any student. (Software > education > software, literacy)

Apps

  • Kiwix Reader -- Offline reader for web content. It's software intended to make Wikipedia (and other packages) available without using the internet, but it is potentially suitable for all HTML content. Kiwix supports the ZIM format, a highly compressed open format with additional meta-data. (App > education > reading, offline)
  • StarWalk -- Interactive astronomy guide that shows celestial objects in the exact positions on the sky above you, providing detailed information about them. For iOS and Android. (App > education > astronomy, offline)

Organizations

  • Destination Imagination Singapore -- Non-profit, volunteer-led organization that inspires and equips students to become innovators and leaders -- annually, offers seven standards-based Challenges in STEM, Improv, Visual Arts, Service Learning, and Early Learning (Organization > education > entrepreneurship)
  • EDC -- Private organization that designs, implements, and evaluates programs to improve education, health, and economic opportunity worldwide. (Organization > education > health)
  • Education Technology for Development (et4d) -- Social enterprise which specializes in Education Technology For Development projects. (Organization > education > tech for social good)
  • Educator Innovator -- An online "meet-up" for educators who are re-imagining learning. (Organization > education > entrepreneurship, funding)
  • Hive Learning Networks -- Growing constellation of communities around the globe that are championing digital skills and web literacy through connected learning. (Organization > education > course, volunteer, network)
  • IREX -- International nonprofit organization providing thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive lasting change globally. (Organization > education > international development)
  • Khan Academy -- Education non-profit that develops practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. (Organization > education > course)
  • Learning Equality -- Education non-profit committed to enabling universal access to high quality open educational resources, and creating tools that empower communities to author and share their own content. (Organization > education > offline)
  • National Geographic -- Nonprofit scientific and educational institution that focuses on geography, archaeology, natural science, and the promotion of environmental and historical conservation. (Organization > education > environment, education)
  • Planetread -- Non-profit dedicated to reading and literacy development around the world. (Organization > education > education, literacy)
  • Right to Education Project -- Promote mobilization and accountability on the right to education and build bridges between the disciplines of human rights, education and development. (Organization > education > network)
  • Rumie -- Non-profit organization bringing free digital educational content to the world’s underprivileged children (Organization > education > content)
  • Sesame Workshop -- Nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, their mission is to help kids grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. (Organization > education > children)
  • Shuttleworth Foundation -- Privately funded Purpose Trust that focuses opening knowledge resources. (Organization > education > funding)
  • Wikimedia Foundation -- Empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop educational content under a free license or in the public domain, and to disseminate it effectively and globally. (Organization > education > open knowledge)
  • World Education -- International organization that supports effective local management and promote partnerships between local organizations that improves the quality of life through education. (Organization > education > education)
  • Worldreader -- Provide e-readers to schools in need through both sponsorships and sales. (Organization > education > education, literacy)
  • WRI -- Non-governmental global research organization which seeks to create equity and prosperity through sustainable natural resource management. (Organization > education > environment, education)

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