High level English speakers invited to teach the language in Chinese rural areas at local salaries. Ideal gap year project with additional benefits thrown in such as free flights. You don't need to be a qualified language teacher to participate. A novice teacher is better than no teacher.
Several of the challenges cited by sceptics in raising the international profile of MOOCs – how to prevent cheating and improve completion rates, for example – are identical to those faced by Western educators.
“Orphans are often treated as second class citizens and that creates a lasting impression on these young minds. Taking the same approach in education seemed counter intuitive, as our objective should be to empower them with the tools to get out of their current condition and become independent.” Neil DSouza
Teach A Class was started in 2010 when Neil Dsouza and Leila Al-Muthashib were planning their one-year sabbatical from Cisco Systems. Neil was thinking of spending a year in orphanages in Mongolia but without a specific project in mind.
Being a seasoned traveler, Neil had noticed that a lot of orphanages had computer labs but no internet access. That led to severe under-utilization of technology, and in some areas, technology was even considered an extravagant expense. The children had already been denied basic educational infrastructure; in an ironic twist, they were also being deprived of the online education revolution. The people who could benefit the most from such online resources as Khan Academy and ck12 were the ones who were denied access to them.
What constitutes learning in the 21st century? Should reading, watching, memorizing facts, and then taking exams be the only way to learn? Or could technology (used effectively) make learning more interactive, collaborative, and constructive?
Sustainable education using technology in resource poor environments. Free MOOC starts Oct 15.
The aim of this scheme is to provide ecology and conservation books to those from outside Western Europe, North America, Japan, Australia and New Zealand who would otherwise be unable to obtain them. The simple purpose of this scheme is to spread ecological knowledge as widely as possible.
iSchoolAfrica aims to bring the best available education technology and practices to schools in South Africa.
iSchoolAfrica’s success and sustainability is a result of the following:
The mobile classroom - no complex infrastructure required
Each participating school is issued with: 1 mobile classroom containing12 MacBooks, 12 video cameras and 1 projector. This is kept in a secure, mobile case. The mobile classroom is an efficient way of deploying scarce resources and can be moved from classroom to classroom, ensuring integration into subject teaching and learning. It’s a tool for accelerated and collaborative learning.
Access to the world’s best educational technology
The critical piece of hardware is the MacBook, Apple’s special-purpose education laptop. This MacBook comes preloaded with the award-winning iLife suite of applications, which is the absolutely essential toolkit for the creation of multimedia projects - allowing learners to make movies, music, websites and more. This supports creative, challenge-based learning which is used by teachers and learners to create curriculum-relevant projects.
This site focuses on the work of low-cost private schools which aim to deliver high quality, affordable education, and shares their innovative solutions. Low-cost private schools exist in different forms across the developing world. These range from home-run schools set up by local parents for neighbourhood children to large school chains operating across a country and offering out of the box education solutions.
Editor’s note: Sharon Watkins is a Coursera student who runs an Ohio-based Non-Profit “The Learning Cafe”. She’s empowering her local community by encouraging people to take courses together & improve...
Anne Fox's insight:
Who knows how long MOOCs will last but in the meantime this is a great idea for taking max advantage of them & avoiding high dropout rate.
UNESCO Bangkok produced seven CD-ROMs, in a series of quality resources for the ICT in Education Teacher Training Project in the Asia-Pacific Region. One objective of this project was to develop a set of materials that will be useful to Teacher Education Institutions (TEIs) in training teachers to integrate ICT in their pedagogy. However, anybody involved in education can make good use of the resources presented on the CDs.
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