Archive for May, 2012

May 25, 2012

June’s photoblog

by intro2ed

Just wanted to include a quick link to fellow Swat alum June’s photoblog! June is teaching in China and documenting her experiences.

May 13, 2012

A Cursory Postmortem of the Satellite Distance Education Project in Rural Ankang

by brachbach

Around the world, governments and NGOs like to give vast amounts of hardware to schools. Citizens and donors like to hear how many computers they have helped get to kids. Unfortunately, these projects are often undertaken with far too little attention to how the equipment will actually be used. Such seems to be the case with the deployment of satellite distance education in rural China.

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May 6, 2012

What I love about Fish

by wltreece

About two months ago I started doing one-on-one literacy tutoring with a first-grader just progressing out of the non-reader stage.

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May 1, 2012

Once Again, this Time with Computers: Delivering the Same Old Pedagogy with New Technology in Rural Chinese Schools

by brachbach

One of the great tropes in technology for education is the techno-utopia: drop in the computers, and pedagogy will magically become progressive overnight, creating classrooms full of 21st-century learners prepared to work in the knowledge economy. Another is the techno-flub: deliver a bunch of computers without any integration into existing curriculum, tech support, or teacher training, and watch them gather dust. But how about this reality: add in the computers and get something that looks very much like preexisting pedagogy, just a little flashier and more efficient.

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