“Technology can become the “wings” that will allow the educational world to fly farther and faster than ever before—if we will allow it.” – Jenny Arledge
Developed & Developing nations are generally classified based on their financial capabilities. Developed countries have high salaries, businesses grow at an obvious pace, citizens are paying high taxes that leads to even more development and financial stability.On the other hand, developing nations keep trying to follow these steps, and their major driving force is the Education. It drives the growth of such nations in many ways, yet there are millions of people there, that are deprived of education and benefits that follow, just because they are poor or they are the victim of social inequalities.
South Africa, for an example, doesn’t have the racial imbalance like the old times anymore, but they are seriously lacking the talented and skilled teachers, who can transform this changing generation with education. Their core problem in developing this new education system is now being solved by bringing in expert teachers from nearby countries. While this could be a good thing, it will take another 20-30 years to train a generation of skilled native teachers.
Devices like Kindle, iPad or Android Tablets, could be the amazing technology platforms to deliver content that teachers can be self-taught with.
With the growing number of creative ways we can learn, before students, teachers in South Africa needs a big step up. So that they can later pass on those ways to their students, for faster growth of the education in the country, and eventually the economy of the country itself. And these technologies are just the beginning of that change.
Another great democracy of the world, India does not have the issues of unskilled teachers as much. Still there are issues that keep a great portion of this nation away from learning. Even with the great schemes in education by Government, the implementation of these systems is not at 100 percent. There are many loopholes, that can be fixed to clean up those issues from the inside of a system.
On the other hand, the poverty is keeping people away from education. Even though there are multiple ways they can learn without spending as much, most families have to work for bread and butter. Some of them go to school for 2-3 years, and they have to drop out for various reasons.
The education system itself is complex for the nation that is known for being the world’s second most populated country and has a diverse culture in every state. Indian Government is pushing its limits with schemes like adult education, night schools and many other schemes at the state level, they have seen a whopping growth of 8.5% in literacy in past decade. This percentage could be increased much higher and faster if India takes advantage of growing technologies in education.
While programs like Digital India is on high priority now, the lack of internet connectivity and supporting technologies will grow at rapid pace. Education sector can plan ahead of time, and show more interested in such technologies, partner with hardware or software manufacturers to bring more students on board, and provide quality education to them.
Countries like South Africa and India are actively integrating computer labs since last decade.
But it’s time to step up, and bring more technologies in primary and secondary schools. A trained and dedicated support staff for such technologies, can learn, share and manage such gadgets, and keep bringing better technologies for enhancing the learning experience in schools.
Technology solutions such as Motion Graphics, Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality can deliver an immersive experience in education. It can increase interest in many new students, it can help consume much more amount of content, and learn things by exploration.