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Workshop Number: 263 Jump to report

Title: Internet for Knowledge:Free and Open Classrooms across Continents

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Concise Description:
Even with an estimated 2 billion users connected, Internet is still a phenomenon in its nascent phase of evolution. Internet has fostered innovation and has caused all round progress to happen in an accelerated pace, but the thinking that Internet makes it possible to globally coordinate concrete developmental programs for an enhanced level of macro economic progress is yet to set in.

Education is one of the areas where Internet can cause tremendous change. Collaborative, participatory learning Models are evolving and classrooms around the world are experimentally connected.

A concrete, globally adaptable, CO-ORDINATED program could bridge the gap between quality of education between a classroom in a well funded school in a developed country and one in an inadequately funded school in a developing or under-developed country. This workshop (panel and public participation) would examine models by which resources could be shared across Internet and create a rough, actionable framework for educational institutions to connect by commercial and non-commercial models and examine ways of making it possible to expand the reach of well developed curriculum (in terms of content, teaching methods and technology) reach remote corners on a co-ordinated, global scale.
(Proposed as a workshop theme for IGF Egypt with the title "Internet in Education and Curriculum Development and Sharing: Alexandria Everywhere" which is based on a 2009 contest entry submitted to the MacArthur Foundation)

Which of the five broad IGF Themes or the Cross-Cutting Priorities does your workshop fall under?
Internet Governance for Development [IG4D] (Cross cutting Priority)

Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite:
To invite Hon' kapil Sibal, Minster for Human Resources Development
To invite David Theo Goldberg, Ph.D., is the Director of the University of California Humanities Research Institute, University of California
To invite Derrick L. Cogburn, Associate Professor and Director, Center for Research on Collaboratories
and Technology Enhanced Learning Communities, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University
To invite Nagarjuna G, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research and Chairperson, Free Software Foundation India
To invite Rishab Aiyer Ghosh,Senior researcher, at UNU-MERIT, Head of Collaborative Creativity Group

There are no panelists biographies associated to this workshop at the moment.

Provide the name of the organizer(s) of the workshop and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups:
Sivasubramanian Muthusamy, Isoc India Chennai, to seek the support of OneWebDay

Organization:Isoc India Chennai

Contact Person: Sivasubramanian M

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