Cloud Education for the Developing World
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Crowd sourcing education by utilizing the cloud.

Charles Eames once said that "beyond the age of information is the age of choices." Peoples and societies can become empowered through the accumulation of information, often over those who have not, and it can be said that through this power of knowledge, freedom can be either allowed to flourish or suppressed. If education, the path to knowledge, can provide equal opportunities for lesser developed nations to be on the same playing field as the developed nations, how can today's technology support and empower this?
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Deakin full steam ahead to the cloud

Deakin full steam ahead to the cloud | Cloud Education for the Developing World | Scoop.it
With the launch of its new strategic plan, Deakin University has introduced the term ‘cloud learning’ to Australian higher education parlance.
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Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, establishes a plan to push education more onto the cloud so that it can be accessed anywhere. The strategy was put in place to empower learning but to also address the issue of the decline in printed and traditional media.

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The dirty little secret of online learning: Students are bored and dropping out - Quartz

The dirty little secret of online learning: Students are bored and dropping out - Quartz | Cloud Education for the Developing World | Scoop.it
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The dirty little secret of online learning: Students are bored and dropping out
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Because if online education is going to be useful for learners, then it's time for online learning to grow up.
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Large number of people register but few enrol. Furthermore, up to 90% drop out mid course. With the amount of resources educational institutions are investing in these online courses, further research to improve these courses are being conducted by these institutions. The article looks at three key points: mobility, making learning personal and social.

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Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud

Onstage at TED2013, Sugata Mitra makes his bold TED Prize wish: Help me design the School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can explore and learn from each other -- using resources and mentoring from the cloud. Hear his inspiring vision for Self Organized Learning Environments (SOLE), and learn more at tedprize.org.


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Sugata Mitra explores how education can be brought to lesser developed countries and how it affected them.

Starting with India, Mitra looks at how information technologies empowered self learning for children with little to no previous institutional education. From there he explores the possibilities of a crowd sourced educational system where a global society can share its learning resources.

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How MOOCs Could Meet the Challenge of Providing a Global Education

How MOOCs Could Meet the Challenge of Providing a Global Education | Cloud Education for the Developing World | Scoop.it

One of the major challenges for MOOCs—which so far mostly come from U.S. universities—is to tailor the content of courses to a diverse worldwide audience with any number of combinations of language, educational, motivational, and cultural backgrounds. Critics fear the rise of big box education from only a few elite institutions in Western nations, and worry these may not fit the different learning styles in different nations.

 


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The popularity of free, online courses offered by universities.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 15, 2013 5:22 AM

It's been a long time coming, but MOOCs finally seem to be making the news big time.

Srimayee Dam's curator insight, July 1, 2014 11:55 AM

Thats' MOOC(s) for you !!

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Issues in Basic Education in Developing Countries: An Exploration of Policy Options for Improved Delivery

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Issued with education in developing countries

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How Cloud Computing is Revolutionizing Education - The Network: Cisco's Technology News Site

How Cloud Computing is Revolutionizing Education - The Network: Cisco's Technology News Site | Cloud Education for the Developing World | Scoop.it
The technology provides an innovative alternative to bricks-and-mortar schooling, enabling personal learning, interactive learning and many-to-many learning.
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How technology allows for people to become more mobile whilst learning, the vast resources that become available, the challenges that cloud education faces but, at the end of all that, lies the prospect of a textbook-less learning environment with the freedom to be where ever and when ever.

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Cloud Expo Daily

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Cloud Expo Daily, by Cloud Computing Expo: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos. (RT @CloudExpo: Cloud Expo Daily Thursday!
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A blog collecting and disseminating articles related to cloud technologies.

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Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

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Sir Ken Robinson questions what the roles of educational institutions are today. Not related to cloud technologies but brings up good points about education.

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Kelsey Anderson's curator insight, November 5, 2013 8:06 PM

I could listen to this podcast over and over again. Sir Ken Robinson is a witty and charming British man who’s unique insight about education is unarguable. The segment is about the lack of creativity in today’s education system and the disservice this void creates for our students. Robinson defines creativity as a “fundamental set of capacities that distinguish us human beings” and as the “process of original ideas that have value.” In the pod cast, Robinson argues that our school system inherently stifles creativity and promotes conformity. He believes our school system should be de”industrialized” and more “personalized.” This “revolutionary” personalization of our education system would view the arts as of equal importance to literacy. This pod cast episode is something every educator should listen to and consider. I have always believed in creativity in the classroom, but hearing Sir Ken Robinson’s opinions confirmed and furthered my passion about encouraging student to be creative in a variety of subjects. 

Stefania Jrmillo's curator insight, August 19, 2015 12:46 PM

As teachers, we have a lot to learn.

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Is technology killing school? Should it?

Is technology killing school? Should it? | Cloud Education for the Developing World | Scoop.it

Gosh, all this hurts my brain! I’m captivated by the promise that Sugata Mitra seems to offer, but seriously alarmed (as always) by people who say we don’t need schools (because they have served humanity well when they have worked, it seems to me – though there is, of course, much that can be done better). I find the notion that all children will learn well with and from each other somewhat idealistic. And yet the idea that learning can come from a sense of wondrous enquiry is deeply attractive to me.

 


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Questions Sugata Mitra's approach to 'cloud learning' (the video is available on TED?)

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 15, 2013 4:15 AM

This is an interesting article that is prompting a lot of debate. Well worth reading.

Ellen Graber's curator insight, March 15, 2013 8:17 AM

Is technology here in our classrooms? Are we progressing in baby steps...or at all? Learning still happens F2F.

Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, March 17, 2013 12:03 AM

much to think about...

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Digital Learning and You: How Online Tools Prepare Students for Citizenship

Digital Learning and You: How Online Tools Prepare Students for Citizenship | Cloud Education for the Developing World | Scoop.it
There is much debate about whether online tools can help students prepare for career and college.

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Application of 'cloud learning' for passing citizenship tests.

 

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