January 20, 2018

Learning English via games on cell-phones in rural India

Simmi Aujla (2009)  In Rural India, Learning English via Cellphone Chronicle of Higher Education, October 21

A project based at Carnegie Mellon University will study how effective games on cellphones are at teaching English to students in rural India.


Why am I deeply skeptical of such a worthy effort? Could it be that loaning 450 cellphones to children in villages in Andhra Pradesh will do nothing to solve the problems of education in rural India? Or am I missing something here?

Indian readers – please comment when you have read the article online from the Chronicle of Higher Education!

Studies Explore Whether the Internet Makes Students Better Writers

Keller, J. (2009) Studies Explore Whether the Internet Makes Students Better Writers Chronicle of Higher Education, June 15

Interesting article exploring the differences between ‘academic’ writing and ‘Internet’ writing, based on studies at Stanford and Harvard Universities

Empowering education through technology in the k-12/school sector

My web site focuses primarily on post-secondary education, and because of the volume of articles in the k-12/school sector, I rarely post articles about this sector.

However, eSchool News provides a useful collection of articles each week through its Online Educational Resource Centre. There are often articles here that would also be of interest to post-secondary education readers. This week’s includes:

Project-based learning engages students, garners results

Technology empowers differentiated instruction

Report: Reinvent schools for the digital age

Tech giants vow to change global assessments

HP grants aim to redesign college engineering

How to infuse 21st-century skills into English classes

Seven skills students desperately need

Ten ways to boost learning with technology

School leaders: Focus on new-age skills

Program helps educators teach digital-age skills

New resource helps teach 21st-century skills in social studies classes

These are all magazine-type articles, rather than research-based, but still worth reading.