Jon Bougher on March 28, 2012
Using technology to jumpstart Haitian education has been emphasized since the earthquake. Microsoft started working with L’Ecole Supérieure d’Infotronique d’Haïti (ESIH) to support the development of its information technology and create a stronger web presence. A team of organizations, including the Academy of Sciences of France, is working to improve teacher training by providing trainings in selected subjects for Haitian educators via satellite. A quick search online, and the Haiti Rewired community, reveals a host of other such projects.
Part of this approach is a question of resources. While large amounts of funding can be used to build a single school, portable technologies could theoretically have a multiplier effect. But what role should technology have in the development of Haitian education? Is it more valuable in a supportive and training role, or should there be a concerted effort to integrate technologies into existing curriculum? How have these technologies been received by communities and has any research been done on learning gains? I hope this helps start a conversation on the issue.
Watch a video and read more here: http://haitirewired.wired.com/video/haiti-the-learning-village-ischool-tests
This video from “The Learning Village,” a program of Fireside International, profiles their work to improve Haitian education by providing technology to students in rural communities. Through the use of portable technologies such as iPods, this program hopes to “leapfrog over Haiti’s educational challenges” by both increasingly technical capacity and support educators in providing innovative audio-visual curricula. Fireside International emphasizes the ability of this technology to break educational models based on “rote memorization”