luni, 28 iulie 2014

ICT in remote poor areas - lessons learned

”Some principles to consider when planning to introduce ICTs into remote, low-income educational environments might include:

1. The best technology is the one you already have, know how to use, and can afford (in most cases, this is increasingly the mobile phone).
2. Start down and out, and then move up and in (if you want to eventually work in difficult places at scale*start* working there first, don't just go where things are most likely to work).
3. Treat teachers like the problem … and they will be.
4. It’s the content, not the container (don't focus on devices, but rather on what actions these devices enable – and make sure not to be diverted by various related myths and misconceptions).
5. If you are pointed in the wrong direction, technology may help you get there more quickly.
6. Anticipate, and mitigate, Matthew Effects (people who are already privileged in many ways are more likely to benefit first, and most, from new technologies).
7. To succeed in doing something difficult, you may first need to fail (and learn from this failure)
8. Put sustainability first.
9. We know a lot about worst practices - we should make sure we don't repeat them.
10. ____ (there are many more such principles to consider, of course, so #10 is left blank as an acknowledgement of this fact – and that we still have much to learn).”

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