The most important achievement of education over the last 200 years

A very interesting article shared with me Mr. Christakis Nikoglou and we convey it from the website is published. To think and get excited! To be optimistic!
From the website: http://ideesekpaidefsis.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/

Of Antonio Regalado, business editor of the MIT Technology Review
(Freely adapted – translation, Nick franc)
classroomonlineIf we were asked to mention the most important innovation in the transport sector over the last 200 years, you could say the internal combustion engine, air travel, or even bicycle. The list of course goes on and other achievements.
Now if you have to give an answer to the question: “What was the biggest innovation in education?” What might be the answer?
You should not worry if we do not answer, because it makes perfect sense. Besides Says Anant Agarwal, scientist – researcher has set as a target to train more than one hundred million students through an educational platform which in collaboration with the best colleges and educational institutions worldwide, providing a continuous flow of knowledge to anyone who wants and even free, it’s rare to see even in the future, significant technological developments in how people learn. Believes, however, that the way education will change dramatically and the platform intends to help himself in this way. The reason for this dramatic development is none other than the power of the World Wide Web (Internet) and associated data. Thanks to these changes, it is now possible to do streaming video lessons with sophisticated interactive elements, and teachers can have direct contact data of their students something that can help them make teaching more effective and interesting. Technology is not only strong and fairly cheap now but with a global reach. And as mentioned, the EDX (educational platform Anant Agarwal) hopes to teach one billion students.
The Online education is nothing new in the United States. More than 700,000 students and students follow a full-time “distance” education programs. What impresses though, is the “demand” that has this way of education. Even large companies train their executives with educational platforms such as EDX, the COURSERA and Udacity. Such mass participation, which last posted about the article topic, “The crisis in higher education”. Bear in mind here that a quarter of the U.S. population, 80 million people are enrolled in K-12 education, college, or graduate school courses.
This explains why organizations such as the Academy Khan, a nonprofit organization providing free video lessons, accepted funding from Bill Gates himself and fell all over the spotlight. There is little free helping parents could not afford the cost of a private math tutor now estimated at around $ 125 an hour. For these parents, the Salman Khan, the narrator of the video, is that a successful substitute teacher.
salman khanOf course the video they received severe criticism from teachers who wonder if these tutorials are really just as well, as having a teacher beside you. The Khan, of course, responds by saying that “we are confident that this video will not solve the education problem 100%, just help in various ways.” Many even calculate that Khan would have to spend about $ 10 million a year for making all these video that accompanied most of the time analysis and additional exercises. The Khan finally said that while there will be free lessons, so improved as to their quality, that will be as good as these courses are paid and you can watch them 50 or 100 students simultaneously.
The digital teaching course has some limits. Can the digital learner to see how it smells a resistor or how heavy an object in relation to another, or getting into the hands of a liquid in a laboratory biology or chemistry. But are such economic circumstances that encourage such efforts. Many indeed are so optimistic about the success of these digital methods, speaking even influence the number recruiting teachers. In EDX, the Agarwal says that to teach analog circuit design to 400 students at MIT, takes three others as a key group and their assistants use. With digital platform is now handling 10,000 students online and could be a hundred times more.
So where are we on the curve in online education? According to a study by Babson College, the number of American students who took at least one online course increased from 1,600,000 in 2002 to 6,100,000 or approximately one third of all students college in 2010. Researchers, I. Elaine Allen and Jeff Seaman, are indications that the growth of online courses may begin to slow down. But the study does not provide entry to university education online for at least this year. There is of course the Coursera, an alliance between Stanford and two dozen other schools, claiming that he had records of 1.5 million students.
Even if only a small fraction of them actually complete a class course, this means that we can start thinking about how online free, high quality education, could change the world. The videos of Khan is popular in India, and its sources indicate that 60 percent of the records (sign-up) are people from nations that literally thirsting for knowledge such as Brazil and China. Here, of course, arises another question. Will provide objective knowledge teachers via web or consider the internet as a weapon in their hands, to propagate different ideas? Does even the governments are afraid to censor these teachers?
Eventually you will manage stakeholders to create something really different? If they do, we will have the answer to our question: “Yes, e-learning, will be the most important innovation in education in the last 200 years.”

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