Technology at the service of education: 3 integrative projects

Technology at the service of education

Technology is changing the educational model established so far, it is creating what many call the school of the future; a school that fosters collaboration between students and self-learning over and above one-way knowledge. Below we show you three integrative, non-profit technology projects that, through technology, help spread knowledge to those who need it most, making education an accessible right for everyone.

Three integrative technology projects

Sugata Mitra is a scientist and teacher of educational technology who has investigated children’s learning, the use and impact of the Internet on education, and the effects of self-organized learning. Through the experiments called ” Hole in the Wall “, which consist of embedding a computer with an internet connection in a wall, he was able to verify that a spontaneous self-organized environment of knowledge was created around the device . The children learned to use the computer, and also began to self-teach each other.

From these experiments, which were carried out in different populations of India, the SOLE project (self-managed learning environments) emerged; a learning space where students learn from each other, and where the adult presence has a secondary, moderating and motivating role.

The operation of this learning network is simple: you just have to have a computer and an internet connection within reach. From here, the volunteer educator (grandmothers, teachers, students… usually participate), who is behind the screen and thousands of kilometers away, asks a question, and the students, gathered in small groups, have to solve it. Therefore, you do not learn through assignments or exams, but through projects.

It is an educational system in which creativity, communication and teamwork are more important than knowledge , which according to Sugata is obsolete, due to the fact that all knowledge can be found on the web.

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    It is a non-profit organization that has created comprehensive and inclusive educational software that  works especially in developing countries, with the main objective of bringing and democratizing education through new technologies.

    This technological project offers two products, onetab and onecourse (the tablet and educational software) which aim to curb misinformation , educate the little ones so that they can get out of the poverty in which they find themselves and provide them with a decent future job.

The one-course teaching method, dedicated to working on reading and arithmetic, is mainly based on self-teaching. In other words, children work alone, without the teacher imposing on them what they have to do and how they have to do it. As in the example explained above, the teacher has a moderating function: he helps the little ones in the problems they may have, but the learning itself is carried out through the application.

In this way, personalized learning is also achieved ; each student is acquiring the knowledge at their own pace, without there being any pressure on them. It is also important to note that all the teaching received from these touch tablets is in their own language, a fact that facilitates understanding and autonomy.

Together with the Malawi Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and the VSO , the oneclass project has been carried out, a portable resource powered by solar energy that allows a greater number of students and a better quality of resources for teachers.

It is a very low-cost, online, non-profit academic institution founded by businessman Shai Reshef. It represents a new model of higher education based on improving the collective intelligence of millions of creative and motivated individuals who, despite wanting to, cannot afford higher education.

The main purpose of this organization is to create a viable alternative to the current educational system, opening the doors of higher education for any qualified student; regardless of their economic level, origin or culture.

Through new technologies and the internet, an online knowledge network has been created , where quality accredited professors and professors offer their material in a disinterested way, so that all students have the same opportunities. Learning is carried out more or less autonomously, the student from home decides when to study and how to do it . Their knowledge is evaluated through certified exams, which have a cost borne by the student.

In addition, this institution also offers what they call Peer to Peer learning ; a pedagogical model based on reciprocal learning , in which students from all over the world get in contact to interact and study together, and at the same time reduce the time that volunteer teachers spend correcting homework.

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