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Some of the greatest Challenges in Promoting Literacy with ICT?

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Last month, we had a great Educational Technology Debate on the theme of What ICT can improve reading skills of learners in primary schools? Five solutions were showcased, from how to test reading skills, to individual reading instruction software, to eBook readers for every student.

While these were great solutions, I was surprised at how few ICT interventions there are overall that promote and facilitate reading and literacy skills at the primary school level in educational systems of the developing world. So this month's Educational Technology Debate will try to explore the "why," as in why there are so few interventions.

What are the Greatest Challenges in Promoting Literacy with ICT?

  1. Technology Restrictions
    Is it a lack of appropriate hardware? Is the software not "smart" enough yet? Do we need more digital content? Is it the cost of the ICT? Do we need better ICT ecosystems?
  2. Human Constraints
    Or are the restraining factors even technology-related? Could it be teachers, administrators or parents that hold back promising ICT-based reading solutions? Might there be solutions we just don't know about or are not willing to try at scale?
  3. Market Failure
    And this is the most worrisome; are there just not that many solutions because technologists are not focused on literacy and reading as problems? If so, is it a lack of visible profit or do they just not care?




Kikonyogo Robert

Kyambogo University

PO.BOX 1,Kyambogo

Kampala Uganda.

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Comment by Calvin Omari on November 16, 2011 at 4:15pm

I think local content is Key, just like local applications thrive more than global. we need to have more local content, what is your take?



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