Take a look at what our present generation kids want to learn and how we teach them. Information is the buzz word, technology is the upcoming source! They know what they want, they know what questions to ask, what to look for and where! They know plenty already, yet they question. Way to go kiddos!
So, with newer times we need to come up with newer teaching methodologies. This means we need to change our thinking as to how students learn, right from kindergarten all the way up to university level.
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Patri K. Venuvinod
Here is a quotation from Part I, Chapter7, of my trilogy:
"This remarkable agreement at the level of individual nations provides us with greater confidence in our assumption that Figure 7.18 represents a genuine representation of Bremmer’s hypothetical J-curve. It is useful to forewarn here that the following countries may also be in potential danger as of 2008 because they are significantly to the left of the dip in our empirical J-curve: [para]~ Eritrea (V&A 2008 = -2.2), ~ Turkmenistan (-2.06), ~ Eq. Guinea (-1.89), ~ Somalia (-1.85), ~Uzbekistan (-1.9), ~ Libya (-1.9), ~ Sudan (-1.77), ~ Syria (-1.75), ~ Laos (-1.71), ~ Vietnam (-1.62), ~ Zimbabwe (-1.52), ~ Congo Dem. Rep. (-1.48). [para]It is also heartening to note that, as their people are increasingly trusted and empowered, countries forge ahead in terms of technology readiness and innovation (see Figures 7.18a and b)."
It was in the news today morning that Libya's autocratic leader of 42 years, Muammar Gaddafi, has been killed. I am sad whenever a human being is brutally killed although I know he/she deserves to be killed. At the same time I feel vindicated since Libya is on my list. I now wait for the second part of my prediction (empowerment of peoples through technology readiness and innovation) to come true.
Today morning, I heard about the launching of the "world's cheapest tablet @ $60". The commercial version of Akash priced under Rs 3,000 is much cheaper than Apple iPad priced around $600. It has also been reported that Akash will be distributed to students at a cost much lower than that. Thus, Akash should therefore be highly affordable to most university students and a fair proportion of high-school students in India. Equally importantly, since it comes with 32 GB expandable memory, Akash can be used as an eReader . This means that eBooks can be downloaded at any location Wi-Fi s available but can be read anywhere as long as the device can be charged. The basic unit comes with pdf reader. So, anyone who owns Akash can immedietely read my trilogy by purchasing the pdf files at just $8.99 perbook at the Smashwords section on the 'buy' page of this website (tecinnovent.com).
However, sadly, my mood changed by the evening when I heard about the passing away of Steve Jobs, the extra-ordinary visionary behind Apple ipad of which Akash is a 'me-too' version. What a loss! Humanity owes Steve so much!