News, trends and resources on 21st century learning and teaching to empower students, teachers and parents in Kenya. For a compete list of education resources go to: http://kenyaschoolreport.com/resources
The Kenya National Examination Council will from next year embark on a pilot programme to carry out online examinations in line with the governments policy to transfer the education curriculum to digital platforms. KNEC has also announced that headteachers will from next year be able to print examination result slips online once the examination results are announced as it seeks to devolve its functions from Mitihani house. KNEC chief executive Paul Wasanga made the revelations when he announced the programme for this year's national examinations where close to 1.5 million candidates will be sitting for their exams.
That “school,” as it is, could be improved isn’t a new argument.
How to make those improvements to revise our “systems” of learning in light of modern technology access and cultural patterns is why organizations like TeachThought, Edutopia, and so many others exist.
With so many talented teachers working so hard to implement so many “research-based” and exorbitantly-funded initiatives, how is it that the the problems, like quicksand, only seems to deepen every time we move?
Proper education is a many-faceted endeavor. There’s no “one size fits all” plan. Some systems work, while others lag far behind. The worldwide average for educational attainment growth in 7.8 years. With first-world countries nearly doubling the average and accelerating growth in technical fields, third world countries are falling behind.
Hassan Ahmed is a Bachelors of Business Management final year student from Wajir. The Northern Kenya town has few high schools let alone institution of higher learning. Ahmed would have relocated to Nairobi or one of the major cities to get a chance to pursue a degree. But thanks to virtual campuses, Ahmed will graduate with a BBM degree next year.
“The virtual campus provides quality education and students have access to standard course materials and online lectures” says the Mount Kenya University student.
Student loans have become common among university students in Kenya. Most students who are joining campus see HELB loans as very necessary and cheap. However, there are guidelines that students ought to follow to ensure that they don’t graduate with so much debt and end up suffering in the long run.
I’ve been attempting to develop “lifelong learners” for longer than I’d like to admit. The concept has always been there, but the reality of developing learners has proven much more difficult than imagined.
How do you respond to someone when they ask you WHY they should use education technology? Do you get flustered and attempt to walk them through an array of apps and web tools that can help them save time, reduce friction in the classroom, and more? If you’re an Edudemic reader, then you probably already use edtech and are happy to walk others through those exact points.
Online learning is quickly becoming a popular route for students of all levels studying in nearly any field. Many students in the K-12 setting already have some type of online education integrated into their course of studies. From flipped classrooms to blended learning and hybrid teaching models, students are becoming accustomed to doing at least some of their learning online.
Dozens of British universities began offering free online courses on Wednesday through a collective portal, joining a global trend started in the United States that opens higher education to the masses.
They are initially offering 20 courses including causes of war from King’s College London, studio production from Queen’s University Belfast and introductory particle physics from the University of Edinburgh.
The annual Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT Technology Review, released the annual list of 35 innovators under 35 years. The 2013 list includes inventors, entrepreneurs, visionaries, humanitarians and pioneers from across the globe. The judges picked the finalists on the originality and impact of their work. Kenyan Evans Wadongo made the cut on this prestigious list.
Here are the brilliant young people using technology to solve complex, community and common problems in the world.
Teachers are on Twitter every minute of every day. There are daily hashtag chats where educators from around the globe collaborate, share interesting tidbits, and make lifelong connections never before possible. There are people with tens of thousands of followers who are viewed as thought and opinion leaders. It’s a minute-by-minute pulse of the education world.
Rapidly changing technology continues to make its mark on K-12 learning. The recently-released New Media Consortium Horizon Report details six up-and-coming technologies in the next five years for K-12 classrooms. Let's take a closer look:
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