With the average ten-year time cycle between two generations of communications infrastructure narrowing, several companies and organisations worldwide are accelerating research and development into the technology platforms that will lay the basis for the “next frontier” of mobile innovation. First commercialisation of so-called fifth- generation (5G) technology is only expected from 2020. But 5G is expected to be a simultaneous outcome, and driver, of the ‘Internet of Things’, which many see as the future of connectivity and economic activity.
On the surface, this verdict does not sound good for South Africa and Africa's place in the "Internet of Things".
Yet, speed is no guarantee that, in the case of education, for example, everyone will finally learn something meaningful. If there is no commitment to developing knowledgeable citizens whose lifelong pursuit is wisdom, then we risk educating novices - only this time, we are doing it faster.
In the words of Dr Peck Cho, Distinguished Professor at the Center for Teaching and Learning, Dongguk University in Korea, "
UoPeople is the first tuition free online university dedicated to the global advancement and democratization of higher education.
Disruptive solution for higher education. Only two programs offered, so it still needs some accompanying initiatives that will deal with some deficiencies that student bring with them as a result of the same and more reasons for the start of the University of the People.
Do not overlook the two basic requirements: English proficiency and an internet connection. There is an interesting variance to the internet connection requirement at around 8:48 into the video.
This is one of the most powerful confirmations of the complexities of reform within schooling and it debunks long-held notions of teacher response to reform. It is true, "reforms... (that)...are often imposed from the top down," is a legitimate cause for teacher resistance.
Washington, August 5, 2014 –.Schools must be safe places for the world's children. Schools should not be attacked in conflicts nor used to hide weapons. The attacks on several UN-run schools in Gaza, killing innocent school children and teachers, are deplorable. It is also wrong for children in Israel to have to live with the threat of missiles indiscriminately targeting their schools, homes and communities.
What I really appreciate about Ms Gillard's insight is the sobering caution that "...Attacks on schools occur not only in Gaza or Nigeria, but globally on an ongoing basis. They don’t always make it into the headlines of international news. But we must listen and act every single time."
Google Docs is a powerful word processing tool that many schools have adopted. As it’s similar to Microsoft Word and other word processing tools, most of its features are intuitive to use. However, in addition to completing many of the functions of a traditional word processor, Google Docs provides even more capabilities that can be …
This is especially for those teachers who are serious about putting into practice what they learn.
The Chairman of Kenya Primary Head teachers Association (KEPSHA), Meru Central Branch, Simon Mwiti has advised against holding too many examinations within a school term saying it undermined effective teaching and learning.
Abraham Tumuti's scoop of this article from Kenya bring an encouraging caution from Simon Mwiti, the chairman of Kenya Primary Head Teachers Association.
Simon addresses a difficulty felt in more education systems in the world than governments are prepared to admit.
"Teaching first and ... (then) ... testing the understanding of learners", as he puts it, shows that Mwiti is not against testing. He is simply asking for the results of the test to modify the way you teach and what you teach instead of it simply providing a set of indicators for purposes other than fostering true learning.
Skin is the heartbreaking true story of Sandra Laing (played by Sophie Okonedo) as a woman with black skin born to white parents in apartheid S.
Found this rare interview with Sandra Laing. Her life story was made into a move called, SKIN and I remember seeing the premiere in Washington DC in April 2009. Unfortunately it is not so popular as a narrative in South African schools. Even the book, written by Judith Stone, When She Was White, is still, up till today, not a big read in South Africa. We still persist in using Harper Lee's, To Kill a Mockingbird, as a prescribed text for English Language for Grade 12s in the country for the themes that Laing's life could far better address.
User experience collecting made simple. See the screen, face, voice and touches of your users. Record remotely and without equipment.
Seth Godin once suggested that, "While the world seems to want you to go ever faster…it actually rewards you for being insightful and for doing work with meaning,"
The insights in this blog is therefore a goldmine for those who is intent on a startup, in the middle of a startup or even at the end of your startup. Trying to make sense of it all could be greatly enhanced by these reflections from Jonatan Littke and the likes.
In a way, they are helping us to learn from them by avoiding the mistakes they've made - that's always helpful.
This is the second of a four-part series of blog posts co-authored by Beck Pitt (OER Research Hub researcher) and Megan Beckett (Siyavula). You can read our posts on the Siyavula educator sample an...
This second part of the research conducted by Siyavula gives an additional nuance to their attempt to understand the use of their curriculum-related content and probably determine a strategy on how to "address the issue of the lack of resources that most learners face in the country (South Africa)
The sample is small, but it does tell a story and that story, as the research team so prudently concedes, is filled with a complexity brought by the "huge diversity in school contexts in South Africa"
My sense is that although this reality adds to the complexity of the research model, it is nevertheless an indicator that there is no single solution for the educational dilemma in South Africa, and in the world, for that matter.
The South African context, therefore, holds a powerful set of possibilities for innovative solutions that could be replicable and scalable outside of its own borders.
You only have to know one thing: you can learn anything!
The "one thing" alluded to in this video is not as easy as it seams. The title could be misleading. Thankfully, mental struggling, or as another sage put it, "mental spadework" helps us to not only identify that one thing, but also enables us to remain inspired and committed as a result of it.
When we talk about how our education system is failing our students, there are a lot of different options presented on how to ‘fix’ it. Everyone has an answer, a promising new way of thinking, a potential magic bullet. Inevitably, we also examine school systems that are working as a part of investigating what to do …
My colleague in meaningful learning from across the pond, Susan Loftus shared an article from the Washington Post that contrasts significantly with what is happening elsewhere in the world.
I am surprised at the placidity of the outcry in the US over this experiment.
Friskolekoncernen Thorengruppen får avslag på alla sina ansökningar om att utöka och öppna nya skolor. Skolinspektionen misstänker att företaget lämnat in falska uppgifter. Bland annat hävdar...
Sweden's Department of Education put an effective stop to 28 Charter schools applications because they believed that the company, The Thoren Group, fiddled with the numbers in order to comply with state regulations.
Sweden decentralized public education many years ago and it opened the door for private concerns to step in and help meet the needs for quality education. Subject to meeting certain conditions, individuals and/or companies can apply for start funding to start a school. In fact, the Swedish government has, since 1992, allocated the same amount of money, per student, to private concerns to start and manage schools in the country.
It is not an entirely problem-free solution, but it is certain that the country would have been in big dilemma if it did not fund entrepreneurial initiatives to meet the demands in education in Sweden.
What is powerfully meaningful in this particular case, is that the state's quality control measures trumped the notions that government would rubber stamp applications that "look" good. In fact, evidence abounds that the Swedish Department of Education does remain committed to a series of sound checks and balances - all, thankfully aimed at protecting quality education.
This is the first of four co-authored blog posts (written by Beck Pitt and Megan Beckett) examining the preliminary Siyavula educator survey results. If you attended the open textbook webinar on 28...
Siyavula is doing an incredible job in South Africa. I particularly appreciate their commitment to DO something and they do it well. The research endeavor and consequent results in this article provide important data. What is striking is that the costs for delivery of learning materials are still high, directly connected to "the lack of internet connectivity and high data charges…" as the background in this report so clearly suggests.
Additionally, mobile devices are the tools of preference when accessing curriculum related content.