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“The opportunity of mass access to world-class learning resources without the barriers of distance and the resultant reduced cost has excited educationalists, politicians and learners alike”. This quote is contained in a report derived from the e-learning Africa  conference that was held in Cotonou, Benin, from 23rd – 25th May,2012. http://www.elearning-africa.com/media_library_publications_ela_report_2012.php



This development is a product of increased presence and embracing of ICT in all sectors of everyday life including education.  ICT is taught as a subject in schools; is a tool to support traditional subjects such as presenting geographic images like the rift valley or water falls; as an administrative tool and as a medium of knowledge exchange.


A quote at www.infodev.org/en/Document.1016.pdf  states thus: “In the developed countries, technology engages students, creating new learning and teaching possibilities  and extends interactions with communities. In the developing world, ICTs are used largely to increase access to and improve the relevance and quality of education. ICTs have extended educational opportunities to the marginalized and vulnerable groups, among the other disadvantaged.
In India, various ICTs have been employed over the years to promote primary and secondary education. These include radio, satellite based, one-way and interactive television, and the Internet”.


The Internet enables flow of information to remote, hard to reach locations making the world a global village. With advances in technology the costs keep reducing and more people can get access to the Internet. Educators have taken advantage of this to devise new ways to improve the education sector. One such innovation is the tablet that facilitates transfer of digital educational content to remote class rooms at relatively low costs.


In Uganda ICT programs implemented by Ministry of ICT and Ministry of Education and Sports have resulted in computers, Internet connectivity and ICT digital content, deployed in all government secondary schools. Recently, Uganda Communication Commission has implemented ICT programs in Kasese, Kalangala and Unyam National Teachers’ College.


Various initiatives are operating at different levels of the education system. The purpose is to ensure that majority of the people have the skills required to function in the Information Society and knowledge-based global village which the world is turning into. Some these are: Education Management Information System (EMIS); school net Uganda; Curriculum Net and  Global Teenager Program. Other players in this field are IICD (Institute for Information and Communication development) and The British Council.
EMIS is a component of ICT in the Ministry of Education and Sports. It provides quality education statistics in a timely, cost-effective and sustainable manner. EMIS provides  education statistics and pupil details.

One of ways in which ICT enhance Education is by creating learning resources using the Xerte Online Toolkits

Creating E-Learning Resources using Xerte Online Toolkits
The Xerte Online Toolkit is an easy-to-use tool developed by the University of Nottingham, UK, which helps non-technical staff to create accessible, multimedia e-learning materials including, for example, web guides, 'how to' guides, demonstration materials, as well as more traditional e-learning materials for teaching purposes.
All objects created in Xerte Online Toolkits are given a stable and unique URL, and users can access them in any browser, on any device , except for those using iOS as the objects are Flash-based; although a new cross-platform HTML5 version is due for release soon. The software allows users to change the colour of the background, the size and type of text, the ability to navigate entirely by keyboard, and text-to-speech (currently only when viewed in Internet Explorer) to read aloud the contents.

Another solution closer to home is the Package for School Management.
Package For School Management (PSM)
PSM is a comprehensive solution for efficient, yet effective administration of a school. It was designed with all the different aspects of modern school management in mind. The software is easy to configure and use. In addition, it is highly flexible and reliable. It enables staff members do their work easily and quickly, PSM facilitates seamless communication with parents via web and mobile platforms.

Among its many features is the fact that it is, highly intuitive, responsive and has a customizable user interface. It has central configuration and settings and is consistent with a uniform layout across all modules. One can communicate with parents using the integrated messaging through  E-Mail and/or SMS from within each module and so can disseminate vital information at the click of a button. myChild enables access to the child’s details directly on phone.
The in-charge Mr. Ivan Sserunkuma can be contacted at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , +256782822131

Bibliography
http://www.jisctechdis.ac.uk/techdis/pages/detail/online_resources/Xerte_Getting_started
http://www.eifl.net/xerte-online-toolkits-creating-e-learning-resource
http://www.psm.co.ug/

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