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    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…

    How to use modern technology to collect high-quality data

    By - 3 de August de 2017, 10:22 am

    By Maja Schling

    The use of modern technology is more affordable than ever, and electronic tools now offer a cost-effective alternative to paper questionnaires to collect high-quality data. To help you decide whether the use of computer-assisted personal interviewing (CAPI) is for you, this blog reviews the advantages and potential pitfalls of using CAPI and shares a recent experience of conducting a survey in Guyana using free software developed by Survey Solutions.

    Photo: The Consultancy Group Guyana, July 2016.
    Using survey software for data collection in Guyana

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    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…

    Short-term triggers of agricultural productivity in Bolivia

    By - 29 de March de 2016, 7:00 am

    Thanks to the implementation of CRIAR’s program,  beneficiary households diversify their crop portfolio, producing nontraditional crops with greater value added in larger areas. At the same time beneficiary households are modifying their household economy, moving from self-sustainment toward a more market-oriented structure.

    Bolivian farmer CRIAR Bolivia

    Bolivian farmer. Image: iStock

    Carlos Pacheco is one of 17,000 beneficiaries of the CRIAR program in Bolivia. The program provides financial support to small-scale farmers to buy low-cost agricultural technologies, along with technical assistance to use and apply them. CRIAR organizes technology fairs in rural areas of Bolivia so that small-scale farmers like Mr. Pacheco can obtain information regarding various agricultural technologies and purchase those that best fit their needs. Read more…

    Technological Innovation Program Boosts Competitiveness in Paraguay

    By - 18 de March de 2014, 8:34 am

    By Pablo Javier Angelelli

    Up until recently, Paraguay had one of the lowest investment rates in scientific research and technological innovation of any Latin America and Caribbean country reaching to less that 0.1% of GDP. The country also lacked trained professionals to develop research activities and innovation projects.

    That is rapidly changing, however, as innovation projects funded by the country’s Science, Technology and Innovation Development Support Program begin to bear fruit. The program was carried out between 2006 and 2013 by the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT), with support from the IDB.

    Using the innovation funding, a team lead by Rodrigo Campos build the country’s first remote-controlled drone aircraft, which weighs about four pounds and can fly as high as 3,300 feet to perform tasks such as mapping of cities and monitoring and surveillance of cattle to prevent theft.

    Campos called the CONACYT funding “a vote of confidence” in his team, which undertook two years of research and development to complete the drone project. “This is the beginning of something that can become much bigger,” he said.

    The main goal of the CONACYT program was to increase the number of companies and universities capable of innovating and achieving technological breakthroughs. The new innovation system (SNIP by its acronym in Spanish) was designed to improve the competitiveness of key productive sectors and, as a result, foster greater economic and social development for the country as a whole.

    In all, the pioneering program financed the development of 19 innovation projects in various areas to generate new products and jobs, as well as 37 research projects to improve public health and add value to natural resources. To help fill the country’s human resource gap in high-demand fields such as science, technology, and technology management, the program financed 11 new graduate and doctoral programs and awarded some 83 scholarships to undertake specialized training courses and post-graduation courses abroad.

    The new master’s and doctoral programs include studies in Soil Science and Land Management, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Environmental Management, Computer, Biomedical Sciences, Statistics and Research Methodology among others.

    The project is improving the national research capacity by funding projects in the knowledge frontier in the region, including those to stimulate experimental studies with stem cells for the treatment of osteoarthritis, develop computer models to optimize the design of roads and road works, analyze the possibility of using bovine bone to develop materials that purify water for toxic metals and improve the performance of solar photovoltaic panels to maximize the amount and quality of energy generated.

    “We want to be a competitive country, and that means we need to produce better and more,” explained CONACYT President Héctor Dávalos. “To do that, we need to innovate, and to innovate we need to conduct research.”

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