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Exploring the importance of computer education in school

Exploring the importance of computer education in school

You would think in this day and age that just about everyone would know how to use a computer or connect to Wi-Fi. Well, you might be surprised to learn that this isn’t exactly true. In fact, technology has somewhat struggled to find its way into the classroom in a variety of ways. Many teachers […] … learn more→

Laptops in class, Yes or No? (Hint: No)

Laptops in class, Yes or No? (Hint: No)

The world is so dramatically different from what it was 20 years ago, it’s shocking. It used to be a big deal to have a cell phone back then, but nowadays not only does everyone have a cell phone (except me, when not travelling), but these phones have literally all the information of humanity available. […] … learn more→

Education technology: what does 2018 have in store?

Education technology: what does 2018 have in store?

Blockchain with everything Like Ubik, the entropy-reversing spray from Philip K. Dick’s cult novel of the same name, blockchain is everywhere right now. The technology that underpins the bitcoin cryptocurrency and lots of other zeitgeisty developments, blockchain crops up as a miracle solution so often that you could be forgiven for thinking that it was […] … learn more→

Why learn spelling or maths if there’s an app for that?

Why learn spelling or maths if there’s an app for that?

There is no doubt that digital technologies have disrupted our modes of teaching. The resources and inputs into teaching have changed to incorporate computer-aided approaches such as “flipped” classrooms, mobile-phone-enabled interactions, video capturing of lectures and enhanced mixed realities. The old “sage on the stage” model of teaching has been pushed into becoming the “guide […] … learn more→

Why schools shouldn’t approach technology like businesses once did

Why schools shouldn’t approach technology like businesses once did

Computers began reaching the business world during the 1980s. Companies used them to automate many routine manual tasks. This led to what economist Robert Solow dubbed the Productivity Paradox. In 1987, he famously quipped: “You can see the computer age everywhere but in the productivity statistics.” The problem Solow had identified was that while computers […] … learn more→

How mobile phones are disrupting teaching and learning in Africa

How mobile phones are disrupting teaching and learning in Africa

Mobile phones have become ubiquitous in Africa. Among younger users, basic phones are most common. But more pupils are accessing smartphones that can connect to the internet – and taking them along to school. Phones are often used in school whether they’re allowed or not. Although they can enable valuable access to information, they also […] … learn more→

Why technology will never fix education

In 2004, I moved to India to help found a new research lab for Microsoft. Based in Bangalore, it quickly became a hub for cutting-edge computer science. My own focus shifted with the move, and I began to explore applications of digital technologies for the socioeconomic growth of poor communities. India struggles to educate its […] … learn more→

Don’t ban laptops in the classroom

“I get it,” the professor for my short-story course said, going over the syllabus on the first day of class. She was referring to her cellphone policy, which is basically a have-some-sort-of-decorum-I-beg-you rule. She asks us to be polite and use our good judgement. “This is second nature to you guys,” she said, holding an […] … learn more→

Tech out, chalk in, well almost

This is not so much in response to Mary Flanagan’s essay, “The Classroom as Arcade,” recently published by Inside Higher Ed, which features a vivid observation of a student in class who “check[ed] out from a class he likes” to play a role-playing game on an electronic device while others “openly engaged with their Facebook […] … learn more→