Sunday, March 08, 2009

Can Skype help close achievement gaps?

Skype might allow top teachers to reach students in impoverished or rural areas, which could help close achievement gaps, says British education-technology professor Sugata Mitra, whose earlier work inspired the Oscar-winning movie "Slumdog Millionaire." "Financial incentives are no good if [teachers are] sitting there wishing they were somewhere else -- children sense these things and it has a knock-on effect on how they learn," he said. "Computers cannot replace good teachers but they can get a high standard of education into the schools where they are needed most, while still allowing teachers to live where they want to." ScienceDaily

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