Rachel Winthrop, Director of the Center for Universal Education, and Marshall Smith, Senior Counselor to the Education Secretary Ame Duncan, collaborated on the landmark series, A New Face of Education: Bringing Technology into the Classroom in the Developing World.
The report is an overview of the most daunting education challenges faced by the developing world created by the Brookings Institute. By looking at different enabling conditions, the report identifies interventions that have driven educational development.
When these six elements are present, the report explains that the likelihood of success in terms of edtech expansion in emerging markets greatly increases:
1) Access to Electricity: Many rural areas do not have access to electricity. Poor public infrastructure prohibits the expansion of power to remote areas. Power generation sources such as solar panels, batteries and bicycle cranks have been used to reach isolated communities.
2) Connectivity: A demand for access to Internet and wireless capabilities continues to boom, but high costs stand in the way. Mobile phones have been used to extend connectivity to developing areas.
3) Human Resource Capacity: Teachers are often neglected and do not receive adequate training. Furthermore, lack of skilled personnel who know how to maintain computers also prove detrimental. Organizations such as USAID help provide ICT support and training to classrooms overseas. (more…)