Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Teaching with Tecnology

Chapter in "Educación para la Transformación"

Authors: Eugenio Severin y Christine Capota

Inter American Development Bank

September 2012

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Executive Summary

The introduction of technology in education (Ted) is gaining momentum in Latin America and, year after year, increasing the amount of resources devoted to the purchase of computer equipment for incorporation into the classroom. In the last 30 years, in the history of the region abound isolated episodes to incorporate technology where the spontaneous enthusiasm of government officials, the pressure seemingly unique offerings from the tech industry, or social pressure a citizenry that demands immediate action to improve the quality of education, have pushed implement projects disconnected from the objectives and actions that are part of the educational policies of the countries. Although there is little empirical evidence that irrefutably proves a positive impact of these investments on educational outcomes, there is a widespread perception that the incorporation of technology in education and enable new educational practices will improve educational outcomes.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

"Technology is only part of the solution"

Source: Porvir, o futuro se aprende (Brasil)

Date: 26 julio 2012

Language: Portuguese

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There are many promises that technology will transform the traditional educational system, created 800 years ago. But for Eugenio Severin, renowned specialist in educational technologies, it alone can not do miracles. "I see an opportunity for education reform, in which technologies are important, not because they will make the change, but because they are part of a phenomenon that will force change, and also because they are part of the solution," says Severin which was IDB specialist (IDB) in education in Latin America.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Peru’s ambitious laptop program gets mixed grades

Publication: The Washington Times

Date: July 3th, 2012

Language: English


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LIMA, PERU (AP) - Peru’s distribution of more than 800,000 low-cost laptop computers to children across the country easily ranks as one of the world’s most ambitious efforts to leverage digital technology in the fight against poverty.

Yet five years into the program, there are serious doubts about whether the largest single deployment in the One Laptop Per Child initiative was worth the more than $200 million that Peru's government spent.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Educational Reform: New Paradigms and Technologies

From Latin American Policy Journal

Author: Eugenio Severin

Harvard Kennedy School of Government

June 2012

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The demand for better quality education has contributed to the development of multiple educational reforms in Latin America. Recently, information and communication technolo- gies have taken an important role within the education policies of a number of countries, including important budget and management efforts. So far, evidence shows that technol- ogy itself is not able to solve the educational problems. A systemic effort of reform that modifies the present paradigms of educational service is needed. In order to achieve that, technology can and should play a central role. The experimental assessment of the “Una Laptop por Niño” (One Laptop per Child) program in Peru confirms the need for integral approaches that last.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Basic Guidelines for TED's Project Evaluation

Authors: Eugenio Severin, Claudia Peirano y Denise Falck

Inter American Development Bank

January 2012

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The use of technologies within educational settings has become a priority for governments of developing countries. Investment in Technologies for Education (TEd), which has the goal of improving the quality of education and making it relevant to 21st century realities, has grown steadily during the past decade.

Monday, February 20, 2012

The hard fight against educational inequality that Chile needs to.

Source: El Mercurio (Chile)

Date: 20/02/2012

Language: Spanish


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Narrow differences involves not only greater investment:
The hard fight against educational inequality that Chile needs to.

Universal access to quality early childhood education is one of the measures that can help the country reduce a gap that forces us to lose thousands of academic talents each year.

"Inequality and low educational outcomes are a vicious cycle. Inequality produces poor education, and poor education produces inequality". Eugenio Severin

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