It’s discouraging to all stakeholders that annually, about 1.2 million students fail to graduate from high school. And “Pathways to Prosperity” reports that just 56 percent of college attendees complete a degree. Fingers point all directions, but nothing changes the stark truth: Something causes kids to hate learning so much that they’d rather face their future without the knowledge or skills to do so successfully.
Education used to focus on the 3 R’s — reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic. Without a doubt, those remain critical subjects, but these days, they are just the beginning. What about history (because those who don’t understand history are forced to repeat it) and civics (so we understand how government works)?
there’s a lot of info out there, but how much of it is relevant? Given the lack of rigorous evidence to guide related decision making, a big investment in educational technologies has in many ways been the true ‘faith-based initiative’ in many education systems over the past two decades.
Every year, it seems like more and more media outlets are ready to announce the end of the traditional classroom – that desks and chalkboards will soon be discarded to make way for flipped classes, digital workspaces and social learning. The truth is, the best educational technology doesn’t replace the traditional classroom, but enhances it.
Technology integration [http://edtechbooks.org/-Ysa] in the realm of education refers to the meaningful implementation of technology in educational settings to achieve learning goals. This chapter seeks to answer the question: what is effective technology integration?
Much like death and taxes, education is an essential part of human life. In fact, unlike death and taxes, education is a part of the rest of the animal kingdom as well. Teaching the young is simply something that we do-helping them understand the world, make better choices and pass knowledge on to the next generation.
A new year is upon us and so will be the hype factory that kicks off with CES and never seems to end. We’ll take a stab at the big technology themes in 2019 as well as a few that may make you vomit by this time next year.
Summing up the spirit of skeptical inquiry, physicist Richard Feynman once said, “I would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned.” I believe we are in danger of such an unchallenged orthodoxy which threatens to diminish the debate on a vital question: how to improve education in Africa.