Education Reimagined

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Education, a really sensitive topic that requires a lot of thought, a lot of insight and deep analysis. The facts in the subject are quite alarming worldwide, one in every five students drop out of school before graduation. This is not as alarming as the fact that the remaining four require further training after graduation to prepare them for the work environment.

Now this was not the case a few decades ago, somewhere along the way the education got irrelevant unrelated to the work environment. Let me project on this point a bit further take for instance repeating a complex musical note against coming up with your own improvised harmonical masterpiece. This is the exact difference between our current educational system and what our educational system needs to look like.

Now to shed some light on why this is the case briefly let me borrow a piece from Subrah S. Layer “Why Buy the Cow?” Knowledge workers currently make up about 70% of the working force which is much higher than it was 30 to 40 years ago. With the growth in Knowledge workers we no longer need people who are well equipped in following a process laid out to produce expected results. We need people who have the sense of creativity and innovation that can use the information presented to them to create something that did not previously exist.

As Sir Ken Robinson stated there are three principles on which human life flourishes, they are:

– Human begins are different and diverse.

– Human begins are naturally curious

– Human life is inheritally creative

Now if human life flourishes on the above three principles then our educational system should be based on these principles in order to achieve progress generation over generation creativity required by the knowledge workers in the 21st century.

With that being said the educational system needs to focus on become more adaptive on the student level not standard on a system level. It has to have the ability to accommodate to the weaknesses and strength of the students being it analytical, memory or logical skills. In order to get an educational system that is more accommodative you need the teacher or educator to be more of a mentor or a facilitator of knowledge rather than a transfer medium of knowledge. Educators no longer need to provide knowledge individualistically however they need to facilitate a medium of knowledge where students challenge each other and educate each other with the proper mentorship and guidance of the educator. By providing such an environment the learning process will be different and diverse for each and every student, it will provide the sense of ambiguity that will get the students more curious about the topic in hand and will also give the students the ability to trigger their creative skills in reaching the required knowledge in question.

But this can only be accomplished over steps and levels and only if learning is a fun process. These two issues constitute our believes in asga Products. We believe that Education has to be reimagined we believe in changing the way education is perceived, taught delivered and achieved.

Our vision is developing a product that enabled Teachers and Educators to co create content without any consideration to their geographical and demographical boundaries.

Our vision is to make education a sociable experience where students have the ability to challenge each other over tests and quizzes in order to transfer tests from an individualistic experience to a more sociable challenging experience providing students with a motive to self educate and explore knowledge areas beyond their curricular scope.

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Our vision is to provide administrators with the required information to enable them to track student progress over the years with parameters and values that were no longer available previously.

Our vision is to transform learning to prepare the next generation with the skills and wisdom required for the future.. Our vision is to transform Education with EduPalm; In the next article I will discuss the three milestone phases that the product needs to go through in order to reach the goal required.

For more information about the product and how we want to transform education please visit http://edupalm.azurewebsites.net

by Ismail Habib

Educational technology

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Educational technology is the effective use of technological tools in learning. As a concept, it concerns an array of tools, such as media, machines and networking hardware, as well as considering underlying theoretical perspectives for their effective application.

Educational technology is not restricted to high technology. Nonetheless, electronic educational technology, also called e-learning, has become an important part of society today, comprising an extensive array of digitization approaches, components and delivery methods. For example, m-learning emphasizes mobility, but is otherwise indistinguishable in principle from educational technology.

Educational technology includes numerous types of media that deliver text, audio, images, animation, and streaming video, and includes technology applications and processes such as audio or video tape, satellite TV, CD-ROM, and computer-based learning, as well as local intranet/extranet and web-based learning. Information and communication systems, whether free-standing or based on either local networks or the Internet in networked learning, underlie many e-learning processes.

Theoretical perspectives and scientific testing influence instructional design. The application of theories of human behavior to educational technology derives input from instructional theory, learning theory, educational psychology, media psychology andhuman performance technology.

Educational technology and e-learning can occur in or out of the classroom. It can be self-paced, asynchronous learning or may be instructor-led, synchronous learning. It is suited to distance learning and in conjunction with face-to-face teaching, which is termedblended learning. Educational technology is used by learners and educators in homes, schools (both K-12 and higher education), businesses, and other settings.