Innovating in education is all about learning a new syntax

Innovating in education is all about learning a new syntax

João Marcelo Borges 26 mayo 2017 Comments

A quick Google search for “innovation” turns up almost 500 million hits! Young entrepreneurs are reshaping the economic, political, and social landscape, and changing the way we conduct businesses, organize politically, access credit, and, communicate and most importantly educate. Moreover, from undergraduate and postgrad studies in American universities all the way to elementary and high schools in Peru, innovation has also been taking a role in the discussions about education. Is it just a buzzword with high commercial value or is there something more to it? (más…)

Extreme STEM

Extreme STEM

Emma Näslund-Hadley 23 diciembre 2013 Comments

You’ve probably heard of Extreme Sports, but maybe not of Extreme STEM, or X-STEM. The day of my visit to Glenallen Elementary School, United States public X-STEM schools in Montgomery County in Maryland, a group of first graders wears lab-coats and hard hats as they embark on a construction challenge. Another group of students from fifth grade has been challenged to produce renewable energy. Over the past weeks they have researched, designed and built windmills to lift and empty the contents of a cup. They now test their windmills in front of an electric fan. The Wind Team quickly takes the lead as it takes them only 6.9 seconds to lift and empty the cup, but in the end they are beaten by another team’s windmill, which requires only 3.6 seconds to complete the task.


OLPC Peru: Learning from the experience

Eugenio Severín 13 abril 2012 Comments
This post was written  jointly with Julián Cristiá.

We have recently published a Working Paper and a Policy Note presenting the results of the impact evaluation of the “One Laptop per Child” program in Peru, developed by the IDB in collaboration with the Peruvian government itself. Since this is the first large-scale experimental evaluation that has been done in the world, it has stirred up expectations, but can offer important lessons on how to implement programs that provide students with computers and what kinds of results we can expect from such programs.

It is very important to commend the efforts of the Peruvian government for doing a serious evaluation of this program, and for sharing their results so transparently. It is a fact that there are few impact evaluations on the use of technology in education. Therefore, any contribution of knowledge helps support the efforts of many countries in the region and the world that are working to improve educational conditions for children that technologies can provide. (más…)