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All posts tagged "education"

  • 10 technologies that will have a huge impact on education in 2015 and beyond

    Technology has the capacity to fundamentally change every aspect of our lives. There are few sectors where this is more visible and obvious than education. According to technology research house Gartner, worldwide education sector spending is forecast to grow 2.3% to reach US$67.8-billion in 2015. This forecast includes higher education as well as primary and secondary schools. In Western Europe alone, education institutions will spend US$16.3-billion on technology products and services in 2015. Of course the situation isn't the same across the globe, but even initiatives such as Google's Connected Classrooms and Free access to Wikipedia are changing the way...

  • Vodafone’s digital school in a box will benefit 15 000 child refugees

    The Vodafone Foundation has announced an initiative called Instant Classroom, a digital school in a box. The concept, which can be set up in 20 minutes, was unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The purpose of the initiative, Vodafone says, is to help give children and young adults in poorly resourced refugee camps the opportunity to continue their education. The company says this year alone Instant Classroom will provide up to 15 000 children and young adults aged from seven to 20 with advanced teaching aids that are currently only available in a minority of schools in developed nations. Instant...

  • Underestimating how technology has changed education in Africa is a serious mistake

    As technology evolves, it continues to enrich lives all over the world. This is especially true in Africa, which has risen to the top of the online e-leaning adopters. The growth rate of e-learning for the continent is 15.2%, with Senegal the highest at 30.4%. This rapid adoption of high-tech educational options is positively affecting the future outlook of the continent. Improvements are being seen across major fronts including poverty reduction, women's equality and health. Reduce Poverty With the installation of fiber optic cable in many African nations, the ability for the population to access college online has opened doors that...

  • Smart bras, health & education: where African investors need to put their cash in 2014

    So it's 2014, people are gearing up to build the next big thing and investors. Those with money left, are meanwhile looking for things to pour their cash monies and energy into. In the last year we saw a number of people playing with mobile especially in Africa as it is the norm. So here on Ventureburn we decided to dig up a few things we think African investors need to button down and start putting their money into because these trends are beginning to dominate worldwide. In the same vein, startups looking for ideas for their next big...

  • 10 tips for creating engaging e-learning content

    The evolution of technology over the past few years has led to major changes with regards to employee training and continued professional development. It is no longer acceptable for employees to wait for weeks on end before training facilities become available – if an organisation is to have any chance at succeeding, they need their staff to perform at their best at all times. Well-trained teams have been found to be more motivated, more productive and more valuable to a business and online learning eliminates many of the problems associated with different instructors teaching variant material on the same...

  • Google Hummingbird and its role in the promotion of content marketing

    Premium copywriters should be jubilant about Hummingbird. Google’s latest algorithm is able to hone in on good quality writing and reward it with high search ranking. Now Google’s crawlers can discern the strings of words and phrases that make up well-written text; they are getting better at making associations between natural language terms and are able to recognise good writing when they see it. Hummingbird has propelled quality content to the next level. It puts content at the forefront of online marketing and is going to be instrumental in raising content marketing from a buzz phrase to mainstream marketing...

  • Free internet can fix education issues in developing countries [T4A]

    There are many issues facing the emerging markets and most will argue that technology and access to the internet can help solve those problems. "There is an internet revolution underway in parts of the world and some can not see it," says Derek Kopke, the Executive Vice President, International Business Development for DataWind, at this year's Tech4Africa conference. If you haven't heard of DataWind, you need to get out from under your rock. The company is responsible for the hugely popular Aakash tablets in India. The way Kopke sees it, education is one of the biggest problems facing the developing...

  • Samsung’s solar-powered classroom laden with gadget swag is amazing

    "One word: Wow!," exclaims a student in a promotional video showing learners' reactions to Samsung's Solar Powered Internet School. For a group of students in rural Phomolong South Africa, Samsung's shipping container computer lab will provide a place to learn and experience desktop computing -- for some, for the very first time. Africa is said to have leapfrogged the desktop computing era straight into mobile, with more than half of the continent's one billion people estimated to have had their first internet experiences on a mobile device. That's great, but the tiny displays of mobile phones don't make for the...

  • How do we nurture Africa’s next great innovator?

    Globally, the discussion around innovation has been one of great interest especially in the wake of troubling economic times in the recent past. The discussion is strong in relation to Africa’s situation as well. Innovation sometimes can be a bit hard to describe in exact terms but one thing is for sure, you always know genuine innovation or innovativeness when you see it. Yet, it is a critical component to our ability to deal with the challenges of today and the future, as a continent as well as the world as a whole. If this is true, then societies or nations...

  • How has social media changed education and recruitment?

    As you may have picked up from my previous posts, I am quite a fan of using social media in the recruiting space. Pinterest being the new kid on the block is one that really interests me -- you can read my thoughts on how to use Pinterest as part of your recruitment strategy in an earlier post. But what comes before recruitment? Well before you can get a job, generally, you need to know a thing or two. So the simple answer is education. How has social media influenced education? When I was at school we were taught on...

  • 9 of the coolest educational videos from TED-Ed

    When TED launched its educational website for younger students last week, I think teachers everywhere realised they had to up their game. The 3-10 minute videos are designed to encourage curiosity and show how the world works using compelling animation and the audible explanations of a gifted teacher.  Even if you’re not in high school, the videos are sometimes fascinating, sometimes kinda strange, but generally very cool. Here are some of the best videos that are designed to amaze and challenge your brain. How Simple Ideas Lead to Scientific Discoveries How can you not wish that Mythbusters’ Adam Savage was your...

  • ‘Lessons worth sharing': TED’s super cool educational videos

    Have you ever sat in a classroom and listened to a fantastic lesson that piqued your curiosity, and wished you could share the experience with other students that may not be as lucky as you? Or, conversely, have you sat in a really boring class and thought that physics would be a lot more interesting if your teacher was that guy from Mythbusters? TED may have found the answer. The global non-profit organisation recently took another step into the world of education when it announced its new TED Education (TED-Ed) YouTube channel in March. Now the organisation has launched a...

  • Kwiksta causes a stir in online education

    Kwiksta is an online education platform that aims to empower teachers to share their knowledge and earn money, while giving students the opportunity to learn from a global community of educators. The product is the brainchild of the Paddock brothers who created GetSmarter. The acronym "kwik" stands for "know what I know". A kwik is made up of multiple modules, and modules are in turn made up of multiple learning resources. Modules are completed by the students in a linear order, as set by the teacher. Courses, or "Kwiks" are broken out into two types: content only or interactive,...

  • Education brought to Amazon by internet “distance-learning”

    The internet has allowed a school to sprout in a remote area of the Amazon where teachers tend not to linger due to harsh living conditions and a scarcity of students. Teachers in Manaus, the capital of the Brazilian state of Amazonas, conduct lessons streamed to students in the village of Tumbira using an internet connection made possible with a generator-powered radio signal. If not for "distance learning", children from far-flung Amazon river communities would forgo school or endure arduous boat trips to places with traditional schools. "There was scepticism whether this system would work", Tumbira school director Izolena Garrido said. "It seemed...

  • Textbooks now for rent on Kindle

    Amazon.com has begun letting students rent textbooks on Kindle electronic readers. Kindle Textbook Rentals lets students pay based on how long they want to use textbooks, with periods ranging from 30 days to 360 days. Renting a digital version of textbooks on a Kindle for a month can save students as much as 80 percent of the price of buying the works, according to Amazon Kindle vice president Dave Limp. “Students tell us that they...