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September 2015 | UNESCO Bangkok Office


Dear readers,

As ICT becomes more ubiquitous, and the barriers between on and offline worlds start to blur, especially in the lives of our youth, it is essential to provide the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes in the minds of the students in promoting the notion of being a digital citizen. With the rapid expansion of access to technology, stakeholders can underestimate the simultaneous need for developing not only digitally literate, but also digitally mindful and informed young people.


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As September celebrates the International Literacy Day on Sustainable Societies, and promotes the importance of literacy (including digital), it is paramount to consider developing appropriate knowledge and awareness when equipping with digital literacy in order for young learners to be able to critically assess the risk factors of Internet use and develop resilience to cope with them. Such competencies amongst young learners will be an essential factor to foster healthy and empowering digital environments for the future.

We hope you enjoy reading this edition!

Please let us know if you have any comments or suggestions.


http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_60705e_18.gif.gif Striking a Balance Between Digital Opportunities and Related Risks (by UNESCO Bangkok, ICT in Education)  
This article emphasizes the increasing importance of addressing the hyper focus on digital access through awareness, related policies and programmes to nurture a simultaneous culture of digital citizenship among youth and children.

http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_60705e_18.gif.gif ICT Opportunities and Threats for Children (by Katarzyna Pawelczyk, Project Manager, Voices of Youth Citizens, UNICEF)
This article features an interview with the Project Manager for the Voices of Youth Citizens initiatives at UNICEF, which explores the current situation in regard to children's digital realities, features positive and engaging examples of digital use, reflects on the remaining challenges and considerations for stakeholders, and provides recommendations for promoting and ensuring digital safety for our youth.

Programmes and Projects:

http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_e67df2_32.gif.gif The Experience of EU Kids Online and Net Children Go Mobile in Europe: Lessons from Research and Future Challenges
Through the example of the EU Kinds Online research project, readers can learn more about evidence-based and informed policy initiatives on the theme of making the Internet a safer place for children. The project evaluated almost 400 research studies, and consequently identified content, contact, and conduct risks.

http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_e67df2_33.gif.gif Developing Good Citizens in the Digital Age 
This article features the United World College of Southeast Asia in Singapore, which is using around 7500 school owned laptops and tablets every day, and infusing technology into their teaching and learning practices.

http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_e67df2_34.gif.gif TOUCH Cyber Wellness 
This article features the TOUCH NGO in Singapore, which is supported by the ministries of the country as the leader and contributor to cyber wellness and media education.

http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_e67df2_34.gif.gif Empowering Youth Netizens Through Intel's Digital Wellness Program 
This article features the Intel's Digital Wellness curriculum designed to promote awareness of benefits and dangers of Internet-based interaction, familiarizes students with the types of cyber threats, consequences and protective measures, and nurtures a strong character through cyber wellness values.

News and Events:

http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_732726_26.gif.gif Policies and Initiatives to Promote Children's Safe, Effective, and Responsible Use of ICT: Asia Pacific Consultation (9-11 September 2015, Bangkok, Thailand)
This article features the recent Consultation meeting on the theme of 'Safe, effective, and responsible use of ICT', which brought together around 60 participants, including governments officials, representatives of international organizations, private sector and NGOs, teachers, parents, and students. The article also includes the voices from the meeting, reflecting on the importance of cyber wellness and digital citizenship.

http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_732726_27.gif.gif Working Group on Digital Safety and Cyberwellness at EDUsummIT 2015
This article provides a brief description of the recent EDUsummIT that took place in Bangkok by Curtin University and the support of UNESCO Bangkok.

http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_732726_28.gif.gif The UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Education 
The theme for the 2015 edition of the Prize is Pedagogical Innovation in the Use of ICT in Teaching and Learning. The prize is funded by the Kingdom of Bahrain and rewards individuals, institutions, and NGOs for projects and activities which demonstrate best practices in, and creative use of ICTs to enhance learning teaching and overall educational performance. The deadline for submission of all nomination files is 10 November 2015.

http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_732726_28.gif.gif The Foundation for Information Technology Education and Development (FIT-ED) Call for Proposals
FIT-ED is calling for research proposals on digital learning innovation in developing countries in Asia. Four priority research themes are: MOOCs; Intelligent Tutoring Systems; Digital Game-Based Learning; and Learning Analytics. The deadline for submission is 21 October 2015.

http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_732726_28.gif.gif 2015 Digital Media and Developing Minds Conference (13-16 October 2015, Irvine, CA, USA)
Bringing together over 250 scientists and researchers, the conference aims to identify and report on the research on the impact of digital media, establish a dialog between medical and social researchers, exchange ideas, and meet funders, educators, and industry.

http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_732726_28.gif.gif The Asian Conference on Society, Education & Technology 2015 (21-25 October 2015, Kobe, Japan)
The Seventh Asian Conference on Education aims to provide opportunities for networking, sharing latest research, and joining a global academic community.


http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_e551bc_55.gif.gif Media and Information Literacy Curriculum for Teachers (MIL)
This tool aims to provide educators with the main competencies on MIL, including pedagogical approaches for teachers to integrate MIL in their classrooms.

http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_e551bc_55.gif.gif Children's Rights in the Digital Age: A Download from Children Around the World
This publication unravels the stories of 148 children in 16 countries who took part in workshops to discuss opportunities and risks of using digital media. These discussions are reflected in this report.

http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_e551bc_55.gif.gif Digitally Connected: Global Perspectives on Youth and Digital Media
This ebook is a collection of essays that provide various perspectives on youth experiences with digital media, with a special focus on the developing contexts.

http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_e551bc_55.gif.gif Protecting Children from Cybercrime: Legislative Responses in Asia to Fight Child Pornography, Online grooming, and Cyberbullying
This World Bank regional study provides an overview of 17 Asian countries' responses to online child abuse, especially in relation to child pornography and cyberbullying.

New Publications:

http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_a43db9_38.gif.gif Students, Computers and Learning
This OECD publication looks at how students use of ICT devices have evolved in the recent years, further exploring how education systems and schools are integrating ICT into teaching and learning.

http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_a43db9_38.gif.gif Investing against Evidence: the Global State of Early Childhood Care and Education
Part of UNESCO's Education on the Move series, this book features lessons learned from research and experiences from different continents. It argues for reversing the trend of 'investing against evidence' so that children can utilize the benefits of quality ECCE.

http://www.unescobkk.org/uploads/RTEmagicC_706b0173da_a43db9_38.gif.gif Main Science and Technology Indicators
This latest OECD publication provides indicators that present the level and structure of the efforts of the OECD member countries, and seven non-member economies.


Next Issue: The October issue will focus on the theme of EMIS and ICT supported planning. If our readers are interested in contributing to this edition, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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