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Tweets of the week

Monday, July 16th – Friday, July 20th, 2012

On Monday, the Twittersphere was abuzz with news of the appointment of Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the new Chairperson of the African Union, news shared by our sister conference Usalama Ni Harambee, the Africa Forum on Business and Security http://bit.ly/Szl1wP. We took a cue from eLearning Africa 2012 debate speaker Wayan Vota and looked at his recommended “What is the Best Blend of Distance Education Variables for Teacher Professional Development?” http://bit.ly/Mrq4gb.  Over in Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (Zimsec) has announced that secondary school examinations will now be marked electronically as part of the country’s plans to computerise its entire education system. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/LoNYGH.  On Wednesday, as South Africa celebrated Madiba’s 94th birthday, we learnt through a World Bank study that 75% of the world now has access to mobile phones http://on.mash.to/NzjQf3. So Google’s launching of Gmail SMS could not have come at a better time: Users across Africa will now be able to receive emails by text message http://tnw.co/SLlZpW.  Friday’s big news was that global venture capitalists are increasingly throwing their weight behind African start-ups http://bit.ly/NDbvrNAnd that was the week that was!

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