New Opportunities for Education

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ICTs hold great promise for improving the efficiency, reach and character of learning opportunities in developed and developing countries. Yet many (most?) of these potential gains are undocumented. Among the obstacles that we will explore are the familiar structural and cultural issues embedded in educational programs around the world and a newer variety of Internet-mediated challenges.

E- learning is just one aspect of ICT, which allows one to learn in unconventional yet stimulating ways. E-Learning can result in a more productive work force as discussed in Hawkins’ article “Ten Lessons for ICT” , if not be the catalyst for new educational opportunities. Can E-Learning be used as a tool that fosters new skills for today’s society? Reasoning, communication, judgment, engagement, and preparation for society, to name a few, will be credited to E-learning because it’s that effective. Would you define this as “result driven?” Integration of computers and learning leads to enthusiasm, not only on behalf of the teachers but for the students as well. Now it’s time to take this enthusiasm and merge it with the value that has evolved from the classroom environment. How should this be done? This merging of the classroom and innovative and interactive learning via ICT is like bridging the gap in the digital divide as Hawkins speaks of in his article. As Benjamin Franklin professed, “Power is knowledge put into action.” Here we must question, what is knowledge without action? Is it perhaps education without E-Learning?


Readings added 4/21worth reading if you have time! Mark Prensky, "Engage Me or Enrage Me"

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