Educational Technology

September 26, 2010

Progress, one click at a time

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:33 am

by Rory Carroll, the Guardian

Jorge Rodriguez clambers on to a stool in a grittyMexico City neighbourhood, logs on to a computer, checks his email, googles awhile, then with a pencil and jotter starts transcribing parts of a New York Times article translated into Spanish. Jorge is six years old. The scene encapsulates the thinking behind MDG8, which, among other aspirations, urged countries to “make available the benefits of new technologies, especially information and communications”. There is just one problem. Jorge is not typical. His computer-assisted learning is not part of a nationwide scheme or even a local school initiative. Neither exists. Jorge’s luck is to have parents who run a cyber-cafe and who give him internet-related homework. He is a glimpse of what millions of poor Mexican children are missing out on.

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