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A classroom culture in which teachers and students are partners in learning should be established. Findings suggest that classrooms that promote thinking and learning, student autonomy, and students as learning resources for one another are more successful in encouraging lifelong learners.
Malhotra interviews Roy Elis, the founder and CEO of UpTeach, and a leader in the EdTech space on his thoughts for how social entrepreneurship and impact can work within Edtech. Key questions in this interview include:
- What are the most exciting developments in the EdTech space?
- Many people claim that a lot of the issues around inequality in education is structural, for example driven by residential segregation. How would you respond to someone that claims that EdTech is just trying to fix the problem around the margins and not address the core issues?
EdSurge reached out to a handful of experts for their opinions on this issue:
- Culatta, says “One of the biggest issues in education today is the fact that teachers come to a digital classroom with digital natives and are not prepared to jump in with clear goals and an understanding of how to appropriately use tech in learning.”
- Kamenetz, says that devices are not magic beans, human virtues are still very much needed to keep tech productive.
- When it comes to screen time, Weinstein, believes it’s not just the amount of time that matters, but the content.
“For Africa, the education problem is uniform: over 70% of 9-year-olds across 7 different African countries surveyed by the World Bank couldn’t read a full sentence or do basic addition. Africa’s main education challenge is its countries’ poor performance in: teacher quality, curriculum, and accountability.
The countries which do best on international benchmarks, such as Singapore, tend to tackle these challenges through analog rather than digital methods. We need to acknowledge African education has problems that technology cannot solve, and that digital disruption is often a distraction from the most pressing challenges.”
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