Date of publication: 2017-09-04 14:02
At the other extreme, I very much doubt that just handing a laptop a five-year-old child in a typical household where the parents are illiterate and earning less than $7 a day will accomplish much. Hopefully, you ll agreem also (though some of your OLPC colleagues might not).
With respect to the child s perspective, it s not likely to be resolved by abstract discussion, but The ideal adult-child interaction is difficult to specify in a few words. It certainly shouldn t be that the child is coerced to do what the parents want all the time. But, to assume that the child s natural inclinations always make sense is also problematic. Children want to eat a lot of sugar, and many want to play violent video games. Good, nurturing adult supervision (which takes into account the child s voice) is necessary and, that s what I m claiming is most critical. (cont d )
ICT9E or anything else, many countries are not the kind of operating environments that lend themselves to efficient use of resources and are extremely difficult to operate in (security challenges, power, human capacity, etc).
But you grew up in the 55 s you did not have to grow up now, there were no CD s no computers or microwave ovens, etc. etc. Not because mi grandmother cooked in her coal oven means we should be doing the same today no matter how good was it back then
What is very remarkable? That the technologies that have streamlined education and made life of teachers and students much, much easier all fall outside the scope of the Technology for Education discussion. Because, all this lamenting is about doing things INSIDE the classroom other than teaching. But teaching is done in the class, learning at home.
Time. The lack of it may come from different factors, but knowing how to handle that is almost as effective as being good at organizing your time. Everybody knows the general rule “Time is money” and its meaning of time either being wasted or invested into something that can have value. However, this can also be read backwards: money may buy you more time. Many successful and well-to-do people have noted the significance of delegating some of their responsibilities and tasks to others while pursuing their career or important goals. This has enabled them to stay focused and to make better use of their time.
7 Public transport and bicycles. This reduces commuting time and allows all children to visit a fitting school in our German style differentiated high school system.
I don t think I expressed that we should get rid of bad teachers What we really want is to pour more attention on the process of encouraging, recruiting, hiring, training, and mentoring teachers. (Perhaps occasionally, we have to fire teachers, as well, and in some broken systems, a lot of that may be necessary at first.)