Archive for the ‘Developing World’ Category

Service: Uniting Us All

Last month, Innovations for Learning’s team had the opportunity to participate in the Points of Light Conference (POL), the world’s largest conference dedicated to service, according to the POL website. An estimated 3,000 people from across sectors (nonprofit, government and business) and borders (37 countries!) attended, connected, and volunteered at Detroit’s Cobo Center. Conference highlights […]…

In the news: Rich-poor vocabulary gap, fixing teacher ed, world’s best schools

Several outstanding stories about education appeared this week in the New York Times. On Monday, the paper reported that the language gap between small children from richer and poorer families is even wider than previously thought: The new research by Anne Fernald, a psychologist at Stanford University, which was published in Developmental Science this year, showed that at […]…

Innovations for Learning has a new website!

We’re happy to announce our new website: www.innovationsforlearning.org We designed it to clearly tell our story:  Why we’re putting our efforts into teaching reading in the earliest grades in underperforming schools in the U.S. and in communities in the developing world. How we’re doing that, using technology, tutors and teachers. The great results we’re seeing. Please […]…

In Thailand, no child left without a tablet

The government of Thailand, only a couple of years removed from deadly political turmoil, has embarked on an ambitious educational reform. Every one of the country’s 9 million schoolchildren is to get a tablet computer. Education leaders say that putting 21st century technology in the hands of students is a dramatic leap forward, especially for […]…

U.S. lags far behind in pre-school

  The United States is lagging far behind much of the developed world when it comes to enrolling children in preschool programs. The U.S. ranks 24th and 26th among Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries in the enrollment and three- and four-year-olds, respectively, reports the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank: […]…

Give an illiterate child a tablet, see what happens

Plenty of people are wary of laptops and other mobile devices making their way into classrooms. A couple of weeks ago, a Pew survey of teachers found that almost 90 percent said digital technologies are hurting kids’ attention spans. But here’s a side of the story that compels attention. In April, the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) […]…

See TeacherMate in action in Rwanda

Here’s a portrait of TeacherMate in action. An organization called Edify, which says its mission is to “improve and expand sustainable affordable Christ-centered education in the developing world,” is using TeacherMate in a school in Rwanda. The Imena Preparatory School has been using TeacherMate since June. Gates Bryant, Edify’s director of education partnerships, recently sent […]…