fan 2013 year of MOOC & microeducationsummit & 170th birthday of The Economist
Breaking News 15 May- 2 earth moving meets this week- in washington DC with founder of ICAF largest/happiest youth summit process in world - in dubai with Hiro one of Japan's greatest partners in youth futures
Americas : H Pa Co Pe Ch
Africa Kenya 1 2 S.Africa 1
Breaking news from 43rd year of net generation search for open elearnng started in The Economist in 1972
world bank open learning campus searcheds for cousrea partners who dont see certificates as main end game of education
coursera segments on demand http://blog.coursera.org/ https://coursera.desk.com/customer/portal/articles/1639240-about-on...
khan academy organises peer to peer competitions of health training
summary of maharishi uni.doc, 556 KB - summary of the most exciting entrepreneur curriculum in 43 years since my father at The Economist encouraged coming net generation to search for open education' "Entrepreneurial Revolution" -please tell us if you know of other job creating curricula
We (elders and youth of the net generation) could now be valuing a wholly different planet
since 1972 alumni of The Economist's Entrepreneurial Revolution have become convinced that education entrepreneurs models benefit most from collaboration and that open education is the key to the door of the net generation being 10 times more (or if we mess it up in next decade less ) productive and exponentially sustainable
we hope our guided tour of these 11 helps you help youth celebrate the above conclusion - of course we are delighted to hear of nominations of other education collaboration entrepreneurs -rsvp firstname.lastname@example.org but note our 11 are also chosen to complement each other
for example: Sal Khan's online academy demonstrates the most economic way to viralise any action learning that millions of youth could most gain from action networking, while
Sir Fazle Abed has spent the last 43 years developing the ngo network that can claim all of these accolades:
biggest in terms of co-workers having served north of 100 million poorest mothers and children in Bangladesh and in the last decade or so replicating the model to many of the most seriously oppressed peoples on the planet
most educational driven in the action learning and job creating sense
the most value multiplying in terms of human livelihoods
consequently the curriculum of BRAC is worth more than any other curriculum that isnt yet available
BRAC is a curriculum replicator unlike any the real world 1 2 has ever seen. It now operates close to 50000 educational facilities -many no larger than a one room village school. Its metric has been to end generations of illiteracy among 15 million parents and 60 million children in rural Bangladesh. Paulo Freire was the first source Sir Fazle consulted on this part of BRAC's journey. Today BRAC also runs a city university one of whose unique features is every student spend an action learning term interning on a village innovation project
These resources are available by Internet Globally selection below
The peer-reviewed open-access encyclopedia, where knowledge is curated by communities of experts.
Nobel Prize Laureate Becomes Ambassador of "SimplyNano 1"
Since summer 2012 Nobel prize laureate and physicist Heinrich Rohrer is the ambassador for the nano experiment kit "SimplyNano 1". The kit addresses students from 7th to 10th grade introducing phenomena of nanotechnology in an interesting and comprehensive manner. Watch our recent video with Heinrich Rohrer and "SimplyNano 1".
The new experiment kit „SimplyNano 1“ has been developed by the SimplyScience foundation in cooperation with The Innovation Society, St.Gallen. It contains ready-to-use learning and teaching materials, chemicals and laboratory materials for 8 exciting experiments from the world of nanotechnology.
Thus, the invention of the scanning force microscope founded the basis for modern nano research and the development of nanotechnology applications. The "SimplyNano 1" experiment kit contains a LEGO® model of the scanning force microscope. This illustrates the functioning of the device in a comprehensive manner.
Video and Interview with Heinrich Rohrer
For more information watch the "SimplyNano 1" video that comes up with an interview with Nobel prize laureate and “SimplyNano 1” ambassador Heinrich Rohrer.
YouTube video: "SimplyNano 1" (German) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xppGnpuUq3Q
Project site: "SimplyNano 1" experiment kit Link (German):
The International NanoScience Community, leading social network of nanotechnology researchers, students, industrial partners and users started collaboration with the new global nanotech database NANOacademia.
The main goal of the partnership is to bring on the Internet a better overview about nanosciences. WebPages, edited by individuals, András Paszternák (Nanopaprika.eu - Hungary) and Hasan Beigi (Nanoacademia.com - India) have the same inspiration to create connections between scientists across the world.
“I started Nanopaprika as a PhD student in 2007. After I heard about Hassan’s – who is now a PhD student - new portal, it was clear for me, that we need to join our efforts. There is lot of similarity between us; we both are addicted to nanotechnology. With this partnership we can show that researchers coming from different cultures, like Eastern-Europe and Asia can find the connecting language in Sciences.” – told András Paszternák, founder of Nanopaprika.
“There is no doubt that nanotechnology is one of the most interesting sciences in the 21st century. Nanotechnology is a promising solution for energy, medicine, environment etc. Many research groups around the globe devote their efforts in this area. Nanopaprika is one of the best nanotechnology communities in the World Wide Web brings together nanotechnologists. The collaboration between Nanopaprika and Nanoacademia is a great opportunity for me, thanks to Dr. András Paszternák for this partnership.” – reflect Hasan Beigi, editor of NANOacademia.
The integrated social network-database can be reach at http://www.nanopaprika.eu/nanoacademia
www.nanopaprika.eu - The heat is on for an online social networking community for nanoscientists. The International Nanoscience Community (TINC) has pulled together a community with more than 5500 members, researchers, students, industrial partners from Europe, India, the USA, and 80 other countries. TINC is open to everyone from post-doctorial researchers and professors to students everywhere. “There is only one important assumption: you have to be interested in nano!”
www.nanoacademia.com – Nanoacademia is a global portal about nanotechnology which founded to ease and continuous access to latest news of nanoscience. Nanoacademia publishes the most important nanotechnology news and includes exclusive sections for nano specialists, directories of research institutes and companies around the world, events, job opportunities, nanotechnology degree programs, books and videos.
African Scientific Institute
The African Scientific Institute (ASI) was founded in 1967. It is a non-profit organization representing a network of scientists, engineers, technologists, and health professionals, as well as young people aspiring to enter the world of science and technology.
ASI is striving to get more minorities to pursue careers in science and technology. ASI believes its network of resources, which includes informed professionals, has a particular obligation to interact with the youth in the community. Through various programs sponsored by ASI, young people have an opportunity to learn of the possibilities and rewards of a technical profession.
Industry's First Piezo Physics App - Free
Auburn, MA, PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P. – a leading manufacturer of precision motion control systems — has updated it’s piezo physics app.
PI is the first nano/micropositioning company to offer its own informative, (mostly) non-commercial app for portable devices like the iPhone, iPad and Android phones and tablets.
Available free from the Apple App Store and the Android Market, the new Piezo University app offers illustrated glossaries, tutorials on piezo physics and mechanical design, and links to important industry resources.
All content is served live so it's always up-to-date and requires minimal storage. With its attractive, intuitive touch-enabled design and a wealth of thoughtful content, Piezo University deserves a place on your home screen.
Welcome to Leica Science Lab!
Learn. Share. Contribute.
Leica Science Lab is a scientific and educational portal that offers topics concerning microscopy and histology, ranging from the basics to specific application know-how. It is dedicated to be a lively, constantly developing science portal containing high-quality content, regularly publishing new and interesting articles, applications and tutorials, and having a steadily growing community of participating authors and experts.
'Free Nano Science Magazine for School Children
in Indian Regional Languages'
Blog post added by abdulkareem:at TINC
We publish online and print magazine on nano science and technology focused on Indian school students. This team help school students understamd nanoscience in three regional languages. Magazines are free for educators.
Blog post link:
The Second issue of the "KunhanLogam" magazine. You can also read it online on http://kunhanlogam.blogspot.com/2011/04/2-2011.html
June Issue Nano Magazine for Kids - Nano Ulagam (English) http://nanoulagam.blogspot.com/2011/06/nano-ulagam-issue-2-june-20...
Swiss Nano-Cube: New Knowledge and Education Platform
for Nanotechnologies Launched and Online
NEW...Our interactive "Nanorama-Loft" game has been translated into english. http://www.swissnanocube.ch/en/home/
The players have to find 42 every-day nanoproducts in a students Loft and have to answer questions.
Nanotechnology is an enabling technology and offers huge potentials. Ultra-light materials, more efficient solar cells, “smart” textiles or new therapeutic methods to fight cancer are a few examples of promising nanotechnology applications. Today, the development of new and innovative products is increasingly often based on nanotechnologies in many industry segments. This is also challenging the educational system, but only few practice-oriented offers for teaching and learning exist and most teachers have not received any nano-specific education yet.
In order to close this gap, the Innovation Society St.Gallen and the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET) have developed the Swiss Nano-Cube platform which provides materials for school lessons as well as comprehensive background information for those interested in nanotechnologies.
From the Interactive “Nano Game” to the Nobel Prize in Physics
Swiss Nano-Cube is a knowledge and education platform offering insights and contents in diverse areas of nanotechnologies. Playing the interactive Nanorama game, you can discover everyday nanoproducts. TheNanoTeachBox offers didactic material for teaching and learning, video clips, presentations and much more to be used in class. With regards to the Year of Chemistry in 2011 and with the support of Metrohm Foundation, a nano chemistry module has been developed. It contains detailed instructions on how to perform illustrating nanotechnology-related experiments particularly for chemistry classes. In addition, Swiss Nano-Cube offers a broad spectrum of background information on basic mechanisms and effects in the nano world and on economic, social and technical issues of nanotechnologies, as well as practical information useful for the professional life. Furthermore, Swiss Nano-Cube offers TeachNano courses for the advanced training of teachers.
The platform will be evaluated by the end of 2011 and further developed with the help of experts from economy, science and education. In particular, new modules will be developed and further multilingual contents will be integrated (French, Italian and English).
To stay updated with further developments of the Swiss Nano-Cube platform, please subscribe to the dedicated Swiss Nano-Cube newsletter at http://www.swissnanocube.ch/en/news/newsletter/
Knowledge and Dialogue for a Better Understanding
Swiss Nano-Cube is supported by private organisations and several Swiss Federal Offices (OPET, FOEN, FOAG). With their commitments, the Swiss public authorities follow the existing national strategy for the promotion of young talents in technical and scientific jobs and actively contribute to increase public communication on the opportunities and risks of nanotechnologies as it is mentioned in the Swiss Action Plan on Nanotechnologies. Swiss Nano-Cube as a pathbreaking educational platform thus emphasises the pioneering role of Switzerland in education and technology.
Swiss Nano-Cube Project Lead
The Innovation Society St.Gallen is a advisory spin-off from the University of St.Gallen. The company is a pioneer in nanotechnology consulting with a focus on innovation management and communication. The company is based at the technology center (tebo) of the EMPA in St.Gallen. www.innovationsociety.ch.
Marianne Dietiker (project lead) | E-Mail: email@example.com | Phone: +41 (0) 71 274 72 66
The Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET) is the competence center of the Swiss Federation for vocational education and training and provides tertiary-level basic and continuing training to professionals.
Martin Vonlanthen (lecturer formation) | E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: +41 (0) 31 910 37 10
Indian school children to test new, low-cost electronic notepad
Rice, NTU, ViDAL test power-stingy 'I-slate' in rural Indian classroom
HOUSTON -- (Nov. 8, 2010) -- Thanks to a partnership between Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Houston's Rice University and an Indian nonprofit, Villages for Development and Learning Foundation (ViDAL), some of the estimated 100 million Indian children who attend schools without electricity may soon have access to one of the world's most advanced electronic notepads.
"President Obama's visit to India this week highlights Indian economic achievements, but India's full economic potential will only be realized with sustainable, low-cost technologies that benefit all segments of the population," said Krishna Palem, a Rice University professor who is leading an effort on three continents to create a low-cost, electronic version of the hand-held slates that millions of Indian children use in schools today.
Palem's brainchild -- a device dubbed the I-slate -- is in development at the Institute of Sustainable and Applied Infodynamics (ISAID) at NTU.
A nonprofit based in Hyderabad, ViDAL is partnering with ISAID to test the first I-slates in Mohd Hussainpalli village, some 70 miles southwest of Hyderabad in a drought-prone area.
"There are many factors involved -- good nutrition, a good psychological environment, attentive teachers and appropriate learning and teaching tools. We can't control all of these, but ViDAL is active in areas where we can make a difference, like nutrition and teaching tools. We believe the I-slate has great potential once its design caters to local needs and strengths," Pingali added.
Rice undergraduates Lauren Pemberton and Shelby Reinhardt were first introduced to the project in a spring course on sustainable engineering, spent 10 weeks this summer at NTU writing a self-directed mathematics teaching application for the first I-slate prototypes. In early August, Reinhardt and Pemberton accompanied Pingali and Vincent Mooney, ISAID's chief I-slate hardware architect, to see how a class of 10- to 13-year-olds liked the new device.
New Programme NANOYOU for ages 11-18 started in October 2010
NANOYOU will have a very strong school programme on nanotechnologies (NTs) aimed at students aged 11-18, which will be completely adapted to their educational needs.
Nanoyou offers Teacher Training kits for different age groups, as well as for science centres. The modules are available to all teachers interested in organising educational activities within their schools, and includes background materials, literature and specific case studies, all related to the contents of other tools and workshops developed within Nanoyou.
The school programme focuses on three topical sub-areas: information and communication technology (ICT), energy and environment, and medicine. Resources and training materials are available for educators, as well as the Web Portal where students can actively participate in virtual dialogues, experiments and games.
NANYOU’s school programme will be implemented in two stages, a first one with pilot schools selected via an open call (beginning in January 2010) and a second one open to all schools (beginning in October 2010).
The science centres programme will be targeted towards the 19-25 age groups and will be more focused, with specific discussions about the sub-area of NT and ICT. This programme will begin in January 2010 and will initially be targeted towards participants around La Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie in Paris and the Centre de Culture Scientifique Techinique et Industrielle in Grenoble.
For more information Visit:
http://nanoyou.eu/ Materials and resources for teachers and students K-12
Rice-African partnership is open-education blockbuster
Houston-based Rice University and Cape Town, South Africa-based Shuttleworth Foundation today announced plans to jointly develop one of the world's largest, most comprehensive sets of free online teaching materials for primary and secondary school children. Using their open-education projects -- Rice's Connexions and the Shuttleworth's Siyavula -- the organizations will work to transform South African primary and secondary education with a bold initiative based on open-access educational content, open-source software, and online educator communities.
Siyavula means "we are opening" in the Nguni family of languages. The Siyavula project is sponsored by the Shuttleworth Foundation, a South African organization that invests in social, technical and policy innovation in the fields of education and technology. The foundation works through active partnerships with local and international organizations.
Connexions was founded in 1999 as one of the first online open-educational resources (OER) and has long pioneered digital education. Connexions is a platform and repository for OER that lets people create, share, modify and vet open educational materials that are accessible to anyone, anywhere, anytime for free via the Web. Connexions' modular interactive information is in use by universities, community colleges, primary and secondary schools and lifelong learners worldwide. http://cnx.org/. Connexions: Create Globally, Educate Locally
MIT Professor teaches physics his way.
Watch video at: http://thoughtware.tv/videos/show/1618
More video lectures at:
MIT professor and Web star Walter Lewin swings from pendulums and faces down wrecking balls to show students the zany beauty of science. Science teachers in high school can stimulate student's desire to learn physics from these lectures and videos.
Online Nanotechology Courses are developed in Thailand...
The second course which is still in the process of development has been offered by the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand. The lectures are in place and there will be lessons, tests etc., Keep an eye on this one and check back often. Dr. Joydeep Dutta has offered to make these courses available to encourage nano science education globally. The NanoTechnology Group Inc. is very honored to have them as a working partner which strengthens our group efforts in nano education development. http://www.nano.ait.ac.th/
Fractal Geometry Program from the Netherlands
Fractal Growth Video on YouTube:
What are fractals?
Fractals are mathematical objects (2-dimensional images as well as 3-dimensional real objects) constructed by iterating mathematical formulas. The results are presented as unique and very beautiful images consisting of repeating patterns.
For a trail version of the Fractal Imaginator:
Learning Nanotechnology :: NanoMission Education Game
Action Adventures in the Nano world.
NanoMissiontm the world's first scientifically accurate interactive 3d learning game based on understanding nano-sciences and nanotechnology.
Another research game site in the U.K.
Global Project now has lessons posted in 2008 for K-12 teachers and students
nanoHUB-Online simulations and more...
The nanoHUB is a web-based initiative spearheaded by the NSF-funded Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN).
CreativeCommons.org License for use
UVA Virtual Lab Website: www.virlab.virginia.edu
Visit the Nanopolis website for nano science graphic materials to enhance the development of your K-12 education courses.
NANOPOLIS™ World of Knowledge www.nanopolis.net
UNITED STATES and 33 Countries
FIRST Robotics and NASA
The Robotics Alliance Project
Initiated 15 years ago by Dean Kamen...U.S. First is now in 33 countries.
Set up under the sports and entertainment model to develop Superstars in Science, Technology and Engineering...FIRST celebrates innovators and thinkers challenging them with robotics as an appealing and fun sport...encouraging the next generation of Superstars that may choose a career in Science, Technology and Engineering.
Nanotechnology game project for FIRST Lego Leagues for students ages 9-14 was chosen for the 2007 Competition. Each year, teams across the world are assigned a project to complete in addition to building and programming a robot. The 2007 theme was on Nanotechnology and was very successful.
First Robotics Competition Regional Webcasts **2007**
RAP webcasts from some of the FIRST Robotics Competition Regionals from all over the country.
New Site:Chinese International school
Yew Chung education foundation believes in developing the complete personality of the children by providing international quality education.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute provides many resources for educators and studentsEducation resources include:
Interactive Mathematics Links
This site provides links for high school math that are interactive and are usually written in Java. Java is a programming language that allows the user to input data, control diagrams by dragging and rotating, and even play games. Most browsers accept Java, so you don't need to worry. However, some of the sites require Shockwave,which is a plug in. You will need to follow the directions for installing Shockwave if it is indicated.
If you have questions about nanotechnology, this site answers some of the basic questions. Macromedia flash player is necessary to view the site.
Science News for Kids
Eureka Alert - AAAS
Science News for Kids
The NIEHS Kids' Pages
"We are the environment." Charles Panati
These pages are produced by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences , of the National Institutes of Health , Department of Health and Human Services.
The Institute for Chemical Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Chemistry has wonderful programs and interesting educational items. Check out their website for your kids. To order Hands-on Activities, Curriculum and Fun Stuff
Frank Potter's Science Gems - Engineering
This site has some science curriculum for high school and will post Grade 6-9 when it becomes available. Lots of engineering subcatagories to choose from for students research.
World Lecture Hall
An index of online course materials from around the world maintained by the University of Texas at Austin. Includes material on electrical and computer engineering, physics and telecommunications.
a free and open educational resource for faculty, students, and self-learners around the world. OCW supports MIT's mission to advance knowledge and education, and serve the world in the 21st century. It is true to MIT's values of excellence, innovation, and leadership.
Online Clearinghouse for SPM Educational Experiments
Visit the Original Virtual Nano Lab at www.nano-world.org located at the University of Basil, Switzerland.
Leading the way for more effective research and student utilization of 3D
"We use EON to shorten delivery time when building interactive virtual environments as users can search for EON prototypes or meshes, download and use them immediately. Think of it as a clip-art which you can insert into your document, only in this case, the library exists on the web, the clip-art is a 3D object and the document is a 3D environment."
PI, Mr. Tan Hock Soon, Temasek Polytechnic http://www.eonreality.com/casestudies/education/
The Educational Technology Journal- Educational Technology for Engaged Learning, Educational Technology for Literacy. Subscribe Free Online at http://fno.org/
The Games-to-Teach Project
A partnership between MIT and Microsoft to develop conceptual prototypes for the next generation of educational media for math, science, and engineering education. Directed by MIT's Program in Comparative Media Studies, Games-to-Teach is funded as a part of Microsoft iCampus and supported by the Learning Sciences and Technologies Lab at Microsoft Research. http://cms.mit.edu/games/education/
Educators and Media Flock to See an Educational System that Produces Superkids
In the past decade students at the Maharishi School, have won more than seventy state titles in science, speech, drama, writing, poetry, spelling, art, photography, history, mathematics, chess, DestinationImagiNation, tennis, golf, and track. In addition, they have demonstrated their desire to help others in society by founding the student organization 'End School Violence Now'. This student group has presented their message to the United Nations, Columbine Task Force, California Teachers Association, Boston Ford Hall Forum and many more prestigious venues.
The benefits of Consciousness-Based education have been confirmed by over 600 scientific research studies performed at over 200 research institutions in 30 countries and published in over 100 refereed journals.http://www.enmag.org/
For more information on Consciousness-Based Education programs visit www.CBEprograms.org.
Math World -Special Programs
Wolfram Research sponsors both the academic and the corporate communities with direct contributions to education-related programs and scientific research. These programs range from the High School Grant Program, which encourages teachers to explore new teaching methods and develop computer-based classroom materials using Mathematica, to the Collaborative Research Opportunities Program, which offers researchers from universities, laboratories, and other organizations the opportunity to contribute their expertise to collaborative research projects. The Student Intern Program recruits talented students who would like to gain real-world experience and offers internships in all departments of the company each summer.
E-Text goes global
The University of Virginia has been helping to establish electronic text centers around the world. The latest is the New Zealand Electronic Text Centre, which plans to digitize copies of 19th century colonial texts such as the early work of author Katherine Mansfield and the logbooks of explorer James Cook. David M. Seaman, the director of University of Virginia's Electronic Text Center, works with each university's libraries to create digital copies of scholarly and literary books. The University of New Brunswick in Canada, and Australia's University of Sydney were the first to open e-text centers, and Seaman is now working with the University of Puerto Rico to create an electronic database of older Caribbean literature. Projects are also in the works for researchers from Germany, Japan and Taiwan. The University of Virginia shares its software and expertise, which keeps costs down for participating centers. In exchange, the university is able to add foreign e-books to its collection, which now has more than 70,000 e-texts.
scenta..The online gateway to the best in Science, Engineering and Technology.
scenta, initiated by The Engineering and Technology Board (the etb), works with leaders in the science, engineering and technology (SET) world to provide a gateway to the best SET resources on the web.
Through the aggregation of the best of existing initiatives, and through a suite of leading-edge communication technologies, including i-Seminars and the Datascenta, scenta acts as a meeting point for people in SET, their peers, and the information providers and professional organisations that they seek.
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i need to do a profile on harrison owne as a world record job creatpor- the american universit system threw his open space facilitaion out 30 yeras ago- i thinkk it was time to regrade that descisoon- just jotting some rough notes to open space links
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Without Lucknow's (world favorite school 48000 children and education's only UNESCO peace laureate) run by the patriach Jagdish Gandhi and 3 women (his wife and 2 daughters) the 21st C relevance of Gandhi and Montessori would not be available as the most popular student 10-18 year olds exchange on the planet. For those in Lucknow's primary schools cross-cultural literacy is added to other practical literacies- what the school knows is what cross-cultural confidence (or fear) a child takes into adolescence will often spiral for life. Lucknow is a top 10 India school - run on 100 times more economical lines than any other top 10 school in India. It is also a favorite lad of past president kalam and his campaign 2020 encouraging children to tear up any non-sustainable curriculum.
LATEST LUCKNOW REVOLUTION " an average illiterate person can learn to read to a newspaper within a month or so with just 10-20 minutes of time investment per day. They do not need a teacher, or a classroom, or fixed timings. They do not have to spend 3 years to start reading. Anyone can become a mentor and they can learn anytime"
hort time horizons and practical constraints make it implausible for many illiterates to go get literate, let alone get an education. Children who do not presently attend school, will most likely never emerge from poverty in their lifetime. Official data indicates nearly 40% of adults above 15 and 25% of children from 6-15 are illiterate. In spite of tremendous effort by the government and social institutions, literacy rates have grown really slowly even in the last decade.
Perhaps one reason for this is the mismatch between the needs of the underprivileged and our teaching and its methods of delivery (need a school, teacher, fixed timings, several years). It typically takes a long time to get literate, usually three years, from svar one year, to vyanjan the next, to matras the third year, time the illiterates can ill afford.
If we are to ensure a literate India, we need to think out of the box of present solutions. After struggling for 14 years, we have developed a curriculum that meets that requirement. The field test data shows an average illiterate person can learn to read to a newspaper within a month or so with just 10-20 minutes of time investment per day. They do not need a teacher, or a classroom, or fixed timings. They do not have to spend 3 years to start reading. Anyone can become a mentor and they can learn anytime, anywhere with anyone’s help and quickly. Quickly is probably the most important as they also need to get motivated to continue and to finish the literacy programme. In Global Dream, a learner starts to read 2-letter words from the first day and this creates impetus in him / her to carry on.
The presentation will discuss how we got to it, what it means, the present successes and how everyone can be a part.
The trials of the literacy curriculum have given a very positive response, the main distinguishing being the ease with which a learner can learn.
As most of the learners are poor, they have little time to devote to learning and they must have huge incentives to make literacy important. Thus short sessions and building in of instant gratification have been important. Learning sessions are short, usually 10-20 minutes only. Most can read a few two-letter words from day 1 and most can learn to read a newspaper within a month!
A learner can learn from anyone at any place and at any time. Anyone can also be mentor, so is not restricted by place time and availability of this person. When in doubt, a learner can ask anyone who can read to help out.
There are three modes in which we are launching the programme:
> Via schools and school children
> Via tie ups with corporations and NGOs, youth groups, etc.
> Via government.
We set the aim of 1,00,000 literate in Lucknow to start with our campaign.
Monday 5th of May was our first day of the launch at schools of Lucknow and we got an amazing response: Over 40,000 commitments from 51 schools of Lucknow. Nearly 27,000 literacy packs were handed out to the children on the 5th of May itself, remaining of the 40,000 were delivered by yesterday. It is now nearly 150 schools of Lucknow that are participating. It's quite likely 1,00,000 goal in terms of those who start teaching will be met within the next two weeks! The mission has begun begin spread in other cities like Kanpur and Pune. By end of this month, it will start rolling out in at least ten more cities of India, if not more, in small and big ways.
ONE dollar literacy
Global Dream is a powerful initiative to combat the problem of illiteracy. We have created a literacy curriculum that is focussed on enabling individuals who could never read before to read. This is the segment of society whose short time horizons and practical constraints make it virtually impossible to engage in education. The government of India has been addressing this problem through its National Literacy Mission and other initiatives but the problem remains to plague millions of Indians.
It need not take three years to teach someone to read. Through Global Dream Curriculum, a completely illiterate person can learn to read a newspaper within a month with short 10-20 minute sessions at his / her convenience, with the assistance of anyone who can read. This truly anywhere, anytime and with anyone model has proven highly successful even in a short span of time. Nearly 70,000 of Lucknow's children have taken on the charge to teach at least one.
The each one teach at least one campaign promises to envelop individuals of all ages in the broadest possible range of professions embracing this programme in a wide variety of ways. Equivalent to a toolkit, the Global Dream Literacy Toolkit is a huge incentive for everyone that can read to take on this opportunity to reach someone and teach him. All it takes is a total of some 10-15 hours of commitment and the Literacy Toolkit.
It took 14 years to develop the Global Dream Literacy Toolkit and after several trials and errors. The challenge was to make something simple, so simple that even a Class 1 child can teach another person. We wanted the learning sessions to be short. We wanted a person can learn anywhere at their own convenience, on their own timeframe, in their own places, even at their own pace. We wanted instant gratification from the first session itself. A learner learns two-letter words in the first session itself. They feel so empowered, they want to immediately go teach someone else. It creates tremendous intrinsic motivation to continue to learn. They can also largely learn by themselves and require just a little support of another person / mentor.
The curriculum that emerged is so basic and simple, we wonder why we or anyone could not think of it earlier. And perhaps the key was to make it so simple and easy, even a Class 1 level knowledge is adequate. Put another way, any individual even with the most basic knowledge can mentor a child or an adult to read. This leads us to the possibility of a full-blown nationwide campaign.
We set the goal of 1,00,000 literate in Lucknow. Within four days of initiation, we had found 2/3rds of the commitments met. We don't believe there has been a faster moving mission to reach the illiterate and with the potential to engage, literally the whole nation.
An old paradigm says, 'Success breeds success'. We are literally finding this to be happening all around us! On the third day of the launch, Barabanki, Kanpur and Pune enrolled with individuals there vouching to take the baton to education one lakh in their own cities. The side benefits of this programme we can scarcely begin to fathom.
We also challenged ourselves to make it dead cheap. We can now provide this powerful Dream Kit for Rs 60 or for a mere 1 dollar a piece.
Some anecdotes from an American mentor Jon working in a slum of Lucknow
I've had one 9-year-old girl taking 3rd class who started almost from scratch (knew some letters but couldn't form words) who is now at the end of the 1st book and reading all the poems and stories after 12 sessions. A 25-year-old mother who Rose is working with is now on Lesson 4 after only 4 sessions even though she started with a 0/30 score on the pretest! An 11-year-old boy in 2nd class who started with 7/30 on the pretest has made it to Lesson 3 after just 4 sessions, but is not always motivated to work. And just a few days ago we started with our fastest and most motivated learner yet. This 13-year-old girl from a nearby village who has never gone to school started with a 0/30 on the pretest, but after 4 sessions in 4 days she has already completed Lesson 5 and started reading the little poems!
On the not so fast side, I have a 7-year-old girl from 1st class who started with a 5/30 on the pretest and took a very long time to figure out how to form words, who is still on Lesson 3 after 10 sessions (but who keeps showing improvement!). I have two boys aged 10 and 7 who are just now figuring out Lesson 1 after 4 sessions, and hopefully will move on to Lesson 2 in the 5th or 6th session. Two other learners, a 5-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy, both of whom don't do school, are really struggling to even remember the letters after 4 sessions and still don't form words well most of the time. And one of our most difficult students is a 15-year-old girl who has never gone to school, who is finally starting to form words right some of the time, but who still forgets most of the Lesson 1 letters even after 6 sessions.
Finally, I've tried passing out the books to a few other people to see if they can consistently teach and get results with learners. One young man, a 21-year-old friend of mine in the basti who just completed 12th grade in Hindi medium, is going to try to use Book 2 to help firm up the reading skills of some of the boys that he does tuition for. And a friend of mine who volunteers at the Mother Theresa home in Lucknow is experimenting with using the book there with the patients or with some of the staff, along with another volunteer.
The great good fortune for china and our borderless planet is that China's most passionate internet wizard Jack Ma comes form education worlds and values his own success in whether he helps create 100 million jobs faster than Muhammad Yunus. Fortunately he sees this as more of a collaboration challenge than a competitive one
New Zealand's Dryden is the only educator we now of to have spent 30 years experimenting with how to implement Norman Macrae's 1984 book on the net generation's next 3 billion jobs- see his progress at eg http://thelearningweb.net - a book version of which was bought by 10 million chinese families after its good news had been celebrated on state run tv. Dryden was kind enough to write up his over quarter of a century of his journey of supporting educators adapting the 1984 future history or Norman Macrae for the inaugural issue of Journal of Social Business celebrating visions and networks of Muhammad Yunus