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This week we bring to you several great pieces that reflect upon the nature of learning and how schools are financing their need for educational technology.
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Used to ensure students will graduate from college as well as to support students attending a college with a higher graduation rate, microgrants (a few dozen dollars to a few hundred) have proved to be very efficient and have made a real difference in the life of students from modest backgrounds. This affordable philanthropy is notably filling the gap which often exists between covering tuition fees and living costs.
This support (and rescue) tool is developing as some startups are encouraging community college students based on their achievements and helping them to continue towards getting a University degree.
Using computers and online resources is a growing trend in education, but catching up with such a trend has proven to be challenging for some low-income school districts.
Some of these schools are now exploring funding options beyond traditional long-term bonds, and using “Ed Tech Bonds,” a short-term debt to finance technology purchases, to ensure that some of the least advantaged children can also embrace the benefits brought about by technology in the classroom.
Also known as “Hands-on Learning”, experiential learning has been in relevance since ages. This teaching methodology finds its place in the works of Ancient Greek Philosophers as well. Around 350 BCE, Aristotle wrote in Nicomachean Ethics, “for the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them”.
Experiential learning becomes relevant with present-day education technology (e.g. eLearning) which can help learners learn through real-life experience and is applicable through activities such as games or simulations.
Artificial intelligence has its place in schools, and it’s not going away. Rather than think of it as unavoidable, educators who embrace AI technology will be able to make better use of their day.
By allowingAI programs to take over customized lessons centered around deep learning, teachers can focus their time on what machine learning cannot do: connect on a personal level with students. And emotional intelligence isn’t going away, either. Where AI lends itself to learning patterns and common themes, emotional intelligence connects the human race and inspires us to become more and do more.
In an attempt to increase access—while reducing costs—some state legislators are turning to online pre-K providers. However, web-based programs cannot provide an all-encompassing social experience that develops the whole child. All preschoolers, not just the fortunate ones, deserve the freedom to move and explore, collaborate with classmates and experience the joy of learning by discovery. So, what is missing from online preschool?
The obvious answer to the title of this article is “No”. Today, textbooks are still very much dominant in education purchasing.
Does That Mean We Should Stick With Textbooks? Not exactly.
For classroom-based education, the textbook will continue to dominate in the more “stable” subjects such as History, Literature, and Philosophy. For other subjects like Maths, Sciences, and Languages, textbooks are still in play but computer-based software is gaining ground fast.
For University education, laptops are becoming more important than books.
But remember, teachers remain the backbone of education systems!!
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