Category Archives: E-Learning

Mobiles reign in households

Source: http://www.thedailystar.net/story.php?nid=140306, Published on 28 May, 2010.

Mobile phone has become a major communication device at family levels, covering around half of all families in Bangladesh, says a study of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. Mobile phone is seemed as a great tool of building Digital Bangladesh.

A Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) survey also shows that mobile usage at household levels mainly began rising in 2005. It also means that a stiff price war that began in the same year mainly contributed to dispersing the technology.

According to the survey, 48.3 percent households owned mobile phones at the end of 2009, whereas there were 2.2 percent land phone users at household levels. In 2005, only 10 percent households were covered by mobile phones, says the survey. According to the last census by BBS held in 2001, the total number of households was 25.4 million.

The Welfare Monitoring Survey (WMS) covered as many as 14,000 households for the country as a whole as sample size. Under the preview, there were 8,400 rural households and 5,600 urban households.

The mobile technology was introduced in Bangladesh in 1993. The device gradually became popular among users when the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) was launched in 1997. However, the high price of the technology kept it away from the general public until 2005.

Industry insiders said the revolutionary entry of the mobile technology at household levels mainly happened because of the countrywide coverage and availability of the technology.

“I came here to buy a mobile connection because it is near my house,” said Mahbuba Haque, who was standing at a small shop near Maghbazar intersection. Mahbuba said she bought the mobile for home use. She said she is more comfortable in using her mobile to communicate with people. The different value added services also attract her to use mobiles. Citing an example, she said, through a mobile conference call, I can talk to several relatives at a time, which is truly a nice way of social communication.

Voice communication through mobile telephony started with CDMA (code division multiple access), which was introduced by Pacific Bangladesh Telecom Ltd — the owning company of Citycell — in 1993.

The expensive communication device started to become handy after the introduction of GSM by Grameenphone and Robi (then known as AKTEL) in 1997.

Banglalink and state-run TeleTalk launched their services in 2005 and Warid came in 2007.

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) data shows that the number of customers under the mobile networks reached 52.43 million at the end of 2009. As of April 2010, the number of mobile users was 56.43 million, according to BTRC.

On the other hand, only 1.03 million customers were tagged with landline telecom services at the end of April 2010.

Oddvar Hesjedal, chief executive officer of Grameenphone, said: “The mobile communication will be a major driver to achieve a Digital Bangladesh. It took 15 years to reach the first 50 million customers; I feel that in the right business environment, the next 50 million subscribers will happen much faster,” he said.

However, a real hurdle to such development is the SIM tax, which makes new connections more expensive, he said.

“The mobile technology has brought about a revolution here,” said Zakiul Islam, president of Association of Mobile Telecommunications Operators of Bangladesh.

“If some tax structures are eased, the market will grow further,” he said.

 

Digital Content Development Workshop held for Secondary Teachers

Source: http://digitalbangladesh.gov.bd

Under the quick win initiative `ICT-enabled Teacher Training Programme’ of Access to Information (A2I) Programme (implemented by Ministry of Education) a training workshop on digital content development and for secondary school teachers was arranged on 11-15 May 2010 at Agrani Girls’ School and College, Dhaka. Total twenty three teachers participated in the workshop from seven secondary schools ofDhaka city.

In the workshop the participants were trained about how to integrate ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) in classroom for improving teaching-learning process. It was a hands-on training workshop on developing digital education contents (using PowerPoint and Internet) and how these contents can be used in classroom to make students’ learning easier, enjoyable and effective. The participant teachers developed some digital contents and presented at the last day of the workshop. Mr. M. Nazrul Islam Khan, the National Project Director of A2I Programme, Mr. Nazrul Islam, Project Director of Teaching Quality Improvement (TQI) Programme of Ministry of Education and Mr. Shahidul Islam Biswas, Principal, Agrani School and College, Dhaka were present at the simulation sessions.
They have provided some valuable feedback which the participants may incorporate in developing contents and using the contents in real classroom. The participants were very excited and motivated that the experience of developing digital contents was a new learning for them and they will develop these kinds of contents for their own classroom. The purpose of developing and using the contents is to make learning easy, enjoyable and effective. All the selected schools have computer lab and four of them have multimedia projectors. So the participants can use the developed digital contents in the multimedia classroom environment and in the computer lab.

 

HSC result via SMS and Online

Life is more easier than that of before. No matter where you are, you can receive HSC, Alim, Fazil and HSC (vocational) results 2010 in real-timethrough your cell phone or internet at home.
To get result online:
www.educationboard.gov.bd is the official website to get HSC, Alim, Fazil and HSC (vocational) results 2010 via online. One can also get his result via e-mail in realt-ime by registering. One can register easily on education board site.
To get result via sms:
The examinees have to type the first three letters of their respective boards, give space and then type their roll numbers and send the SMS to 16222 to get results via sms.
Source: Access to Information Project, Bangladesh

E-Learning Related Conferences: Khalid’s Preference

2011 Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE)
12 Oct – 15 Oct 2011
Conference Location: Rapid City, SD, USA
Sponsored By: Computer Society – C, Education Society – E
Abstract Submission Deadline: 31 Jan 2011
Final Paper Submission Deadline: 31 May 2011
Submission Details
Conference Details

2011 5th IEEE International Conference on E-Learning in Industrial Electronics (ICELIE) 07 Nov – 10 Nov 2011
Melbourne, Australia
2011 Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE) 12 Oct – 15 Oct 2011 Holiday Inn Rushmore Plaza and Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
Rapid City, SD, USA

 

Khalid’s Ph.D. Project Proposal

Working Topic:

  1. Developing E-learning Mushups to Increase E-Readiness: Secondary School-based Diffusion of Innovation in Rural Bangladesh
  2. Towards bridging educational divide using ICT for education in rural Bangladesh – A diffusion of innovation approach

Digital Bangladesh initiatives by govt has given sufficient emphasis on the Bangla Medium schools and Madrassas. However, secondary schools under technical education board might be given focus to improve overall social ICT penetration in rural areas.

Methodology:

  1. E-learning readiness study on access to ICT resources -teachers, students, parents, adminstration, village.
  2. provide learning using ICT.
  3. Continue one semester including TV, radio etc.
  4. second term enable ICT support for local need.
  5. Re-study the penetration and reach etc.
  6. Qualitative study on effect.