After my last blog about the use of technology in universities I decided to take a more in-depth look into this subject and found this article about trends in technology in education in developing countries which I found really interesting. I decided to share some of these trends with my lucky readers!
- Social Networks
This is a trend which has exploded among students everywhere, as well as in developing countries. In developing countries sites like Facebook are being used for not only social contact but also for educational purposes. It is being used by students to share their learning activities outside of school and help each other with homework or cramming before a big test!
People in developing countries are using popular translating tools to change popular seminars such as the TED Talks series into their own language so they can enjoy that learning experience as well
- Earlier Learning
When decisions were first made to introduce lots of computers into schools into many developing countries, about ten to fifteen years ago, it was deemed ‘obvious’ to start first with secondary school students (i.e. older student would be less likely to break them!).Now more places are interested to see the use of ICT devices at a pre-school or early childhood development level. As technology is ever increasing in our lives, children as young at 15 months are able to use iPads and touchscreen phones etc., at least for swiping through pictures. While some are sceptical that it may just be big companies trying to exploit another potential growth area, I think they may have a point! Using technology like this could increase cognitive activity and therefore increase the ability for a child to learn countries like Asia and Latin America and moving rapidly forward in this area.
This is short for ‘bring your own device’ or ‘bring your own technology’ that is where the education system takes advantage of the devices that students already own. They can bring them to school and use them in their educational studies. Of course with this phenomenon there is a possibility that students will get distracted by playing Ruzzle or Angry Birds!
Thanks for reading, I hope you found it interesting!