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    Las opiniones expresadas en este blog son las del autor y no necesariamente reflejan las opiniones del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo, sus directivas, la Asamblea de Gobernadores o sus países miembros.

    The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Inter-American Development Bank, its Management, its Board of Executive Directors or its member Governments.

    Archive for April, 2011

    Film and Education

    By - 26 Apr 2011

    The discussion about education is both a full-length feature film and takes place in films themselves. Here are my recommendations:
    1. “Waiting for Superman” and “The Lottery“.

    Is it fair that a child’s future depends on a lottery? Can all children learn at the level of the high expectations adults place on them? I wonder what the equivalent of the lottery is in Latin America.

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    Computers and Learning

    By - 19 Apr 2011

    Can technology help to improve the quality of education?

    This is the question that led us at the Inter-American Development Bank to produce a report on currently available knowledge on assessments and experiences in this subject around the world.  (Escuelas y Computadores: por qué los gobiernos deben hacer su tarea, Berlinski, Busso, Cristia y Severin. BID, 2011)

    Clearly, Latin America and the Caribbean face an ongoing challenge in improving educational quality. Hopes that this technology can produce better results in the classroom have led to many projects and initiatives.

    Our report focuses on the efforts made in Latin America beginning with the creation of computer labs in the early 1990s to the tremendous growth in the field, which today includes the option of providing a computer for each student (“One to One” models).

    The focus generally used in the region has consisted of proposing investments in technology as a new educational input that includes installing machines in schools, providing technical training for teachers in their use, and making digital educational resources available through web portals.

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    Homework in class, the lesson at home

    By - 12 Apr 2011

    Teachers typically spend 80-90 percent of their time in class to teach the lesson. The lesson must be the same for all the students. Both the good and the bad students are taught the same content and are expected to learn the same. Students do their homework at home, where they must carry out the assignment without the guidance of a teacher.
    Wouldn’t it be better to do the lesson at home and the homework in class? I think so!

    And this is the proposal of Sal Khan, founder of  “Khan Academy” graduate of MIT, former analyst for an investment fund, and now a true visionary of how technology can change education. Khan has developed more than 2,100 videos with lessons in not only arithmetic and calculus, but also finance and history. All are available online for free.

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    Educating for the future

    By - 5 Apr 2011

    For some time I believe that many of our educational leaders have promoted reforms in our educational systems thinking in a logic of “enhancements” to a system designed centuries ago, without asking whether it remains an appropriate response to the needs of the 21st century.

    With the best intentions, our reformers have focused on “patching” the educational system, to deliver the level of quality that they supposedly once had. But it is not the system (managers, teachers, school time, computers, books), but education. By returning to the fundamental question: For what world are we preparing students today?

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