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    The Effect of Upfront Payments on the Turnover of Rural Instructors

    By - 19 de September de 2017, 3:00 pm

    By Rosangela Bando and Claudia Uribe

    The dream of many young Mexicans is to go to college. Juanita’s high school dream was to become a teacher one day. Little did she imagine that her dream would make a difference to children living in small rural areas of Mexico. But Juanita’s dream began to come true after she met a representative from Mexico’s National Council for Educational Development (Consejo Nacional de Fomento Educativo -CONAFE).

    CONAFE student. Image: CONAFE.

    CONAFE student. Image: CONAFE.

    CONAFE focuses on providing educational opportunities to children and teenagers in remote communities with fewer than 500 inhabitants.

    One of CONAFE’s programs consists of enrolling young instructors to teach in those communities for at least a year.

    The more than 35,000 CONAFE instructors often live in the community during the week with local families and those families are responsible for providing food and housing. CONAFE offers them a monthly subsidy of Mex$1,427 (about US$110 at the time of the evaluation). If instructors teach for a full year, they become eligible to have their higher education financed. Read more…

    Blackboards versus Laptops: Challenges of Using Technology in Education

    By - 5 de September de 2017, 3:00 pm

    Samuel Berlinski and Matías Busso

    Technology has increased productivity in the workplace and shaped the way we use our free time and the way we socialize. So why is technology not at the core of classroom learning?

    Technology in Education

    Image: iStock

    Funding to equip schools and students with technology is usually considered one of the biggest challenges, especially in the developing world. But finding the right approach to use technology effectively in the classroom is also a major challenge, according to an evaluation by the IDB. Read more…

    Project in Brazil Shows How to Improve Educational Performance

    By - 27 de June de 2017, 3:18 pm

    By Marcelo Pérez Alfaro

    Students often complain that math is difficult to learn, and for many, it is far from their favorite subject. Improving performance is a considerable challenge because the subject is often not taught in an interesting way and not related to problems relevant to students.

    Educational Performance in Brazil

    Image: iStock.

    The state of São Paulo, Brazil launched the Tem+Matemática initiative to motivate students to improve their math skills, which are considered critical in order to access more complex knowledge and function in society. Read more…

    Girls and science: The Peruvian experience

    By - 7 de February de 2017, 12:01 am

    By Emma Näslund-Hadley

    Why is water wet? Why do I have brown eyes? Why do stars twinkle? A group of third-grade students at the Corazón de Jesús school outside Lima, Peru have been staying after school to grapple with questions like these.

    A girl peers at the camera through a magnifying glass, isolated on white background.

    Photo: Getty images.

    The children are part of a science tutoring project that aims to improve test scores and close learning gaps by getting struggling students excited about science.

    Most children start school with a natural love of science; they are curious to learn how the world around them works. Unfortunately, Latin American and Caribbean schools focus almost exclusively on memorization and drills, which tends to quickly extinguish any budding enthusiasm. Read more…

    To Guide or not to Guide? Using Technology to Improve Learning

    By - 10 de November de 2016, 1:27 pm

    By Elena Arias and Julián Cristia

    Considering everything that technology has made possible, from instant global communication to space travel, harnessing it to improve learning and revolutionize education would seem well within our reach.

    Using Technology to Improve Learning

    Image: IDB.

    Indeed, the IDB is looking at how technology can improve learning across Latin America and the Caribbean, where there is an urgent need to improve student performance in such a critical field as mathematics.

    In 2012, schoolchildren from eight countries of the Region participated in the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), a test administered every three years to a half-million 15-year-old in 65 countries worldwide by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

    The Latin American and Caribbean countries were among the 14 lowest-ranked countries tested.

    This poses problems for a region that is seeking to raise productivity and reduce poverty and inequality, so the IDB has been trying to determine how technology can best be used to improve teaching and learning.

    To that end, the IDB undertook a meta-analysis: comprehensive and systematic review of 15 impact evaluations from around the world that focused on both guided and non-guided use of technology in the classroom.

    What can we learn from these experiences around the world? Read more…

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