With a little bit of online research, there is often an open-source alternative to expensive programs that are needed for programs in rural/poor/developing areas.
Unlike some of the other educational websites I've seen (which typically distribute prepackaged course materials), the DLESE has a strong emphasis on community input.
The greatest aspect of this document is that it represents how often the most successful cases of adoption is grassroots and local -- this type of development does not work well when it is imposed by some NGO or corporation.
Learning to use CSS can make you insane
thoughtful article on the use of the internet and computers in Uzbekistan
striving for that loose-limbed, vernacular mode
There is a new, exciting model for programs exporting technology to the developing world. But the real issue is about education, not just setting up a rural network.
Today's New York Times carries a front-page article about the growth of the cell phone industry in Africa.
Test taking is boring. It's a boring subject. But you can't direct change in any environment without having some feedback. So this investment in ICT literacy evaluation is good to see.
The Scottish government has an excellent collection of resources regarding the use of Information Communication Technology in classrooms.
LinuxChix Africa manages to shatter two stereotypes at the same time: the idea that women aren't interested in free/open source software development; and the idea that women in Africa are bound to traditional cultural roles.
David Warlick posts insightfully about the uses of technology in education. Right now he seems like a pretty stressed out guy.
My question is: where the hell are the tools for people who use cellphones in this way? (In particular, where are the banking tools and educational tools?) In the first world we've got $600 iphones that can read your freaking mind. But a simple flashcard application for learning a few of the 62 languages spoken in Kenya? It's not quite as sexy.
I've felt for a long time that education is the most important vehicle for social change. I mean, really how else does anything actually get done? You've got to have some kick ass teachers along the way, or you're gonna be a vegetable.