Technology can empower children in developing countries – if it’s done right

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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.

via Technology can empower children in developing countries – if it’s done right | Guardian Sustainable Business | Guardian Professional.

How can technology empower children in the developing world?

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.

via How can technology empower children in the developing world? – podcast | Guardian Sustainable Business | theguardian.com.

iSchool Unlocks E-Learning in the Developing World

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.

via iSchool Unlocks E-Learning in the Developing World.

Flipped classrooms turn learning around

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.

via ‘Flipped’ classrooms turn learning around – Schools – MiamiHerald.com.

Parents and Students Support Online Learning at Twice the Rate of Teachers

Online classes are increasing in popularity among both students and parents, according to a survey report released today from Blackboard Inc. and Project Tomorrow. Nearly half of high school parents and students grade 6-12 would like more online courses, according to the report, yet only 17 percent of teachers are interested in teaching a class online and only 20 percent use online curriculum as a part of instruction.

via WASHINGTON, June 25, 2013: Parents and Students Support Online Learning at Twice the Rate of Teachers | PRNewswire | Rock Hill Herald Online.

Advent of Google means we must rethink our approach to education

Would a person with good handwriting, spelling and grammar and instant recall of multiplication tables be considered a better candidate for a job than, say, one who knows how to configure a peer-to-peer network of devices, set up an organisation-wide Google calendar and find out where the most reliable sources of venture capital are, I wonder?

Source | go to bundle Schole