Take a peek at Acton Academy and you may wonder if you’ve stepped into a mythical world where students are heroes, learning is a quest, and teachers are guides for the journey. In this one-room-schoolhouse approach, 36 K-5 students share one space, while 28 6-8th graders share another. The teacher is merely a guide, as students have autonomy in almost every facet of their learning. This innovative school model is on a quest to grow ten new schools by next year.
The DFID funded Ilm Ideas Programme has launched a study on Access to Finance for Low Cost Private Schools in partnership with Pakistan Microfinance Network.
212 Bridge Academies have opened in Kenya during the past four years. Bridge’s “schools in a box” spring up seemingly overnight: In January of 2013, the company launched 51 schools at once, while in September it opened another 78. Bridge now educates roughly 50,000 students in Kenya every day, and its global aspirations may transform the entire project of education for poor youth around the world
‘I want to see private schools emerge and then the state just move aside from education,’ says James Tooley, professor of education at Newcastle University
The Tyneside professor who inspired an Oscar-winning blockbuster has been ranked among the top 10 global thinkers.
Sugata Mitra, who specialises in educational technology at Newcastle University, was included in the prestigious CNN 10: Thinkers list.
The run-down of influential international thinkers highlights the efforts of “visionaries whose ideas are shaping our future” in science and technology.
The senior lecturer is acknowleged for his work developing education in Indian slums.
Brick and mortar schools will still exist, and the overwhelming majority of children will attend them, but the schools will be center of individualized learning, with engaging interactive content rather than a series of chalk-and-textbook, grade-delineated classrooms.
Paloma Noyola Bueno, a 12-year-old Mexican math genius who was dubbed “the next Steve Jobs” and became an international media sensation, has lived up to her name. Paloma – meaning dove in Spanish – has soared to new heights, proving that there are endless possibilities when you believe in yourself.
There’s a bevy of startups in this space that are looking to help students, parents, teachers, and also school districts combat this dilemma. And so while the community is battling with its local government for funding, it appears tech companies are leveraging their know-how to keep the train going, so to speak.
What will education look like in the future? Considering that 10 years ago very few students carried smartphones, and tablets didn’t even exist, it’s impossible to look 20 or 30 years into the future. It is likely, however, that cloud-based technology will be the foundation for educational technology and that remote, online learning will continue to grow at a faster pace.
In Thailand, every schoolchild is given a tablet device; worldwide, Apple has sold eight million iPads for educational purposes. It could one day replace lessons and teachers themselves. But is the iPad doing students more harm than good?
Children are growing up in a world where social media, mobile technology and online communities are fundamental to the way that they communicate, learn and develop. In recent years the speed, flexibility and affordability of rapidly evolving digital technology has helped slowly prise shut the digital divide between the haves and have-nots and enabled millions of young people in developing countries to join the digital world. Increasingly, technology is being seen as a powerful development tool, used in the global battle to hit child and youth-focused targets in global education, livelihoods and health.
The opportunity for technology to be a force for innovation, education and change in the developing world has been widely acknowledged, with digital tools now recognised for their positive effects on children’s lives across the globe.
However, as with any new force, it must all be in good measure and technology is no exception. Ensuring that the right type of product, whether that be a laptop, tablet or mobile, reaches the right communities with the infrastructure to maintain it, is vital to the success of a project.
Rachel Ngongola’s second grade class at the Tico Community School is learning to count multiples of 10 on a Wednesday morning in late July. The class of 30 is divided into three groups: one counts clusters of plastic bottle caps, one scribbles addition problems into lined paper notebooks and a third sprawls across the floor, huddled in groups of two around white tablet computers.
Ngongola controls the classroom with ease. You won’t catch her shushing her students, or reminding them to focus on the lesson. While other Tico teachers describe Ngongola — known to her students as Teacher Rachel — as an exceptional educator, she hasn’t always engaged her students with such ease. Her classroom’s cool composure arrived with the five white ZEduPad tablets one year earlier, when Tico became one of seven Lusaka schools to pilot the iSchool curriculum.
One of the newest trends to hit South Florida classrooms, “flipped learning” combines new technologies with one very old idea: homework. But this is homework with a twist. Instead of lecturing in class and assigning problems to be done at home, teachers use technology to “flip” the model. Students first learn about a concept by watching an online video or using another resource at home. In class, they do work based on the information they learned the night before.
Technology and digital tools can empower children and young people in developing nations, but what is the role of business in this – and where do the challenges lie?