One tablet per child: Creating education opportunity in Africa

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  • rogerdpack Orem, UT
    Dec. 27, 2012 1:03 p.m.

    They should pass out raspberry pi's ...

  • SLC gal Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 28, 2012 8:58 a.m.

    The people that are pushing pencils and paper have good intentions, but they are looking through the lenses of what their lives were like at that age when that was all they had. I think the tablets are a great idea. Pens run out of ink, lead in pencils breaks, and paper just runs out. The tablets are really more of a renewable resource. They're also the future. Think about how eye opening it must be for these impoverished children to have such a thing right at their fingertips. They can learn about a life beyond what they're living now, and know there's something better out there for them to find and strive for. What if one of these children is the one that solves Africa's agriculture crisis simply from something he/she found online?

    And as far as the apps go, not all apps are equal. My son LOVES my Kindle so I have found some very good and educational apps that he enjoys playing, and he LEARNS (right now it's colors. The child is only two.)

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Nov. 28, 2012 8:33 a.m.

    " A major U.S. chemical company recently built a research center in China, not because of "cheap labor" — research centers do not hire semiskilled workers at low wages — but because of a lack of Ph.Ds available in America. " --Robert Bennett

    I thought all this technology, and standardized testing was create more educated Americans?

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Nov. 26, 2012 5:13 p.m.

    How did:

    * the Wright Brothers invent the airplane?
    * Thomas Edison invent the bulb, and many other items?
    * Alexander Graham Bell invent the telephone?

    Where were their tablets. Did they sit in a classroom seven hours a day preparing to take tests?

    Children need time to play, and build creativity. It's as important as classroom learning, and forget the tests.

    Students need learning, and free time,--not accountability through standardized tests.

  • HotGlobe SAN RAFAEL, CA
    Nov. 26, 2012 6:36 a.m.

    Why shouldn't tablets replace teachers if they can do a better job? The problem is going to be flooding the country with so many tablets that the children who have tablets aren't the richest people there and subject to getting robbed.

  • Soul Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 25, 2012 8:31 p.m.

    Let give technology a chance, do more research to sort out what works in the education of students from extreme poverty in third world countries (even in specific inner city areas within the USA). There are opportunities to help children (lacking hope of ever receiving a basic education: like reading, writing, arithmetic, and a view of the bigger world outside their village). At the same time, technology must not be expected to do everything educational for the child, a village team is a good influence for all children. We can help our own children by learning from our sincere and well structured effort to help disadvantaged students from less fortunate situations.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Nov. 25, 2012 1:42 p.m.

    Look it up. Two thirds of our school children qualify for free/reduced lunch, and forty nine million of our citizens are on food stamps, etc. Easy researching here. This does not reflect quality education.

    Not saying education isn't important, but done incorrectly, and with alot of needless expense. Our colleges import around 800,000 foreign students, while half of our college students are in need of remedial classes. More engineers, and chemist from other countries, then what we can produce.

    Another reflection on our costly education system.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Nov. 25, 2012 10:59 a.m.

    HALF our people on welfare?

    HALF our people on welfare?

    Where do you get that kind of complete nonsense? From pencils and paper technology perhaps?

    Maybe the conservatives are right in one thing, though. We do need to teach morality and honesty in our schools to try to stem the lying we see coming from other conservatives.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Nov. 25, 2012 10:43 a.m.

    Your two cents are really not worth much more than that.

    His post is an outrageous display of ignorance so obvious it would be laughable if this were not a reflection of so much of the thoughtless misinformation spouted by so many conservatives.

    Education, by any means, is the key to improving lives in Africa -- just as is the case anywhere else. These devices are recharged by SOLAR POWER. (I know, conservatives just don't understand newfangled things like that.)

    Education is, in fact, a very essential element in providing for the survival of any nation and its people.

    As for trying to blame this somehow on Obama . . . . how ridiculous can you get? And "can't even lift a finger to help distressed americans (sic) in natural disasters . . . " Where were you when several conservative commentators were screaming about how terrible it was that Obama was doing exactly that? And how awful it was that those lazy people along the coast were not standing up and taking care of themselves?

    Now that I think about it a bit longer, I'm thinking that the writer of that comment actually owes the rest of us at least a 2cent rebate . . . .

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Nov. 25, 2012 10:42 a.m.

    Tablets, technology, standardized testing, etc.

    American children do not read, or understand math as did children in the 40's, 50's, or 60's.

    Why should this work better in Africa. Nothing beats paper, pencil, and books.

    High unemployment, and half our people on welfare, doesn't reflect equality education.

  • dailynews Augusta, GA
    Nov. 24, 2012 12:56 p.m.

    I applaud the efforts of improving education in Africa but I really don't think this is the way to do it. Call me old fashioned but I still think that paper and pencil improves literacy and fine motor skills then any laptop can. By their own admission, the experiment resulted in the children using 57 apps per day. Apps of what - games? And what child needs to be on the computer for 6 hours a day? Why not start off the computer using it to write and learn their OWN alphabet first. Many people in third world countries can't read their own language. And I don't care who you are but what child needs to use a computer device for six hours a day? Where do they go to have their computer fixed? How will they use their computers on cloudy or rainy days - let alone the dirt that can ruin them? Computers have not helped our children to verbally express themselves. They may have good intentions but they are creating a computer dependent society. And creating a society like that is big business.

  • Jewell in the Crown Provo, UT
    Nov. 24, 2012 9:07 a.m.

    The devices use solar power - so they're not 'dead after a day or two' as you say.

  • CARL South Salt Lake, UT
    Nov. 24, 2012 8:28 a.m.

    See if we could stop NEA from deciding which school will get tablets or not. The schools in poor sections will suffer the most economically without the "helping grants" from Gates Foundation.

  • Really??? Kearns, UT
    Nov. 24, 2012 8:01 a.m.

    Wow, just wow! Let's not lift the quality of life of people in impoverished areas because we have bad information about what the entire continent is like. Just because many African countries have other needs doesn't discount the wonderful things these people are doing. It's like stopping people at the food bank and telling them to quit donating food because what the recipients of that service really need are better paying jobs.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Nov. 24, 2012 3:31 a.m.

    Impressive looking piece of propaganda and a disgusting waste of effort. Most of Africa doesn't have running water in the homes, bath rooms, cell phone, phone line or towers, or electricity so how will these orphans recharged their devices?

    A chalk board and chalk, pencils and paper, and books would be more valuable than something that is dead after a day or two of use in countries where education isn't a priority for survival. If they wait for education and industry to catch up all the people will be dead. Survival is their objective and priority just as it is in the U.S.

    One other possibility, our president Obama who can't even lift a finger to help distressed americans in natural disasters from the super storm of a thousand years will take trillions of American debt dollars he say we stole from Africa and return it by building them some roads, power plants, sewage systems, and network of power grids across a nation that won't know what to do with it all.