In this series of articles, I will highlight along the way several aspects of using the HTC Hero, and some conclusions I’ve made about the Android platform as a whole. Today, I am going to talk about the applications that I use on a daily basis.
Part 3 of our feature on improving our education system using modern technology and the iGoverness idea comes straight from Part 1 and Part 2. If you have not read Part 1 and Part 2 yet, please go back and read them so that you know the motivations for the following article.
The way I see it, there are a few major flaws with the way classes are handled in schools today:
- Classes go as fast as the slowest student. This alienates the faster student, and causes them to perform lower quality work.
- Classes are strict structures with defined times, schedules, deadlines and pre-scheduled exams.
- The 30 students to 1 teacher ratio does not ensure that our children’s needs are met.
- Class material is often taught “to the test” to get a passing score on a standardized exam, rather than teaching real-world problem solving skills and basic human functionality.
- A student is forced to learn the subjects that are set aside as required. A student has no leeway to learn the subject that he or she has the most desire to learn.
- The parents are increasingly being removed from the learning process.
Alright, so what does this mean in terms of solving these problems using technology? Continue reading