Education http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/18780/all en Teaching Twitter in Havana http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/education/100401/blogging-twitter-sanchez <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Students squeeze into blogger's living room to learn about Wordpress, Wikipedia and the digital revolution. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nick Miroff </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Photo caption: Yoani Sanchez sits with her computer in her apartment in Havana, Oct. 3, 2007. Sanchez runs a Blogger Academy out of her living room. (Claudia Daut/Reuters)</p> <p>HAVANA, Cuba &mdash; As an educational institution, Cuba&rsquo;s Blogger Academy suffers from a few notable deficiencies. Its six-month course doesn&rsquo;t grant an accredited degree, and its single, cramped classroom &mdash; the living room of founder Yoani Sanchez &mdash; isn&rsquo;t even hooked up to the internet.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/education/100401/blogging-twitter-sanchez" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know Americas Education Technology Cuba Fri, 02 Apr 2010 10:57:00 +0000 Nick Miroff 5539060 at http://www.globalpost.com Education: Teaching infrastructure and other new necessities http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/education/100225/india-education-fulbright-technology <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How "old" technologies are helping scholars reinvent the New India. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Shailaja Neelakantan </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>NEW DELHI, India &mdash; Last summer John Atchley was working for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and writing his application for a Fulbright scholarship to study India&#39;s water crisis when a serendipitous discovery of &quot;The Power Broker&quot; caused him to rethink his plans.</p> <p>Reading Robert A. Caro&#39;s book about the legendary urban planner Robert Moses and the building of New York, including its highway system, Atchley saw parallels to modern-day India.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/education/100225/india-education-fulbright-technology" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know Asia-Pacific Education India Tue, 06 Apr 2010 10:49:00 +0000 Shailaja Neelakantan 5528631 at http://www.globalpost.com Sweden to host first Think Global School trimester http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/education/100405/think-global-school <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Technology will power a new traveling high school. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Marcus Oscarsson </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><em>Photo caption:&nbsp;Youth take part in the world's largest LAN (Local Area Network) party, a gathering of computer enthusiasts playing games, browsing the web and developing software on November 26, 2009 in Jonkoping, Sweden. Sweden is the first stop for the tech-savvy students of Think Global School. (Jan Johannessen/Getty Images) </em></p> <p>STOCKHOLM, Sweden &mdash; For the first time in history, a parent will actually be proud that their child attended three different high schools in one year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/education/100405/think-global-school" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Americas Asia-Pacific Europe Germany Canada China Education Middle East Chile India Jordan Technology Spain Thu, 08 Apr 2010 12:45:38 +0000 Marcus Oscarsson 5540055 at http://www.globalpost.com China's challenges http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/education/100407/technology-the-classroom-chinas-challenges <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It's getting better in Shanghai. But there's a long way to go. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jean Yung </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Nine-year-old Chinese pupil, Sun Minyi, listens to his teacher during a special English class at Chongming county, north of Shanghai, July 12, 2002. (Claro Cortes/Reuters)</p> <p> SHANGHAI, China &mdash; After watching a 13-year-old boy operate a desktop PC at the Shanghai Exhibition Hall in 1984, China&rsquo;s senior leader Deng Xiaoping famously said, &ldquo;To universalize computers, one must begin with the little ones.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/education/100407/technology-the-classroom-chinas-challenges" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia-Pacific China Education Tue, 13 Apr 2010 11:54:06 +0000 Jean Yung 5540566 at http://www.globalpost.com Rwanda's schoolyard tech http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/education/100408/rwandas-schoolyard-tech <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Central African country carves out a digital future, one laptop at a time. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jon Rosen </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Photo caption: Rwandan schoolchildren use the XO computer in their classroom. The computer is provided by the One Laptop Per Chlld program. (Jon Rosen/GlobalPost)</p> <p>KIGALI, Rwanda &mdash; As they cram in front of their green and white laptop, Gabiro Vainqueur, 10, and Agape Pacifique, 12, are at odds over their afternoon assignment.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/education/100408/rwandas-schoolyard-tech" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Need to Know Education Technology Thu, 15 Apr 2010 11:56:00 +0000 Jon Rosen 5540835 at http://www.globalpost.com Education: the virtual TA http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/education/100419/education-india-outsourcing <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Outsourcing to India finds a new market. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Saritha Rai </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Photo caption: Students of the graduating class of the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, University of Law, in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, July 21, 2007. Army officers&rsquo; wives, stay-at-home moms with young children and retired teachers have grabbed the chance to work as virtual TAs. (Krishnendu Halder/Reuters)</p> <p>BANGALORE, India &mdash; Not far from the magnificent snow peaks of the Himalayas, Anita Bakshi stares at the computer screen in her home at Kalimpong. She is correcting and grading college assignments.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/education/100419/education-india-outsourcing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia-Pacific Education India Tue, 20 Apr 2010 10:35:59 +0000 Saritha Rai 5543877 at http://www.globalpost.com German families look to US for asylum http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/germany/100421/germany-education-home-schooling <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A decision allowing home-schoolers to stay could attract other families. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Krista Kapralos </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON &mdash; The doorbell rang early that morning in 2006, before the three oldest Romeike children had begun their schoolwork at the family&rsquo;s kitchen table in Bissingen, Germany.</p> <p>Uwe Romeike peeked through a window and saw two police officers.</p> <p>Romeike&rsquo;s heart stopped. He didn&rsquo;t know what to do. He prayed the officers would go away if he didn&rsquo;t answer the door. Instead, Romeike said, the officers left a voice message threatening to break in.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/germany/100421/germany-education-home-schooling" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Germany Education Thu, 22 Apr 2010 10:37:02 +0000 Krista Kapralos 5544600 at http://www.globalpost.com English teacher's helper http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/education/100421/costa-rica-english-classroom <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Costa Rica is embracing the challenge of mastering the loopy English language — digitally. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alex Leff </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Photo caption: Cynthia Vargas will be among the English teachers to test out the new pilot program starting Monday, using laptops and learning software at more than 100 schools across Costa Rica. (Alex Leff/GlobalPost)</p> <p>SAN JOSE, Costa Rica &mdash; The melody sounded familiar, but not the lyrics. Entirely unconcerned about accuracy, a Costa Rican taxi driver was serenading his passenger with what he sensed could be the words &mdash; or at least sounds &mdash; to Elton John's &quot;Sacrifice.&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/education/100421/costa-rica-english-classroom" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Americas Education Costa Rica Technology Thu, 22 Apr 2010 13:25:41 +0000 Alex Leff 5544583 at http://www.globalpost.com Turkish program offers photographers a future http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/education/100426/photography-turkey-degree-program-anadolu-university <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ankara university's virtual classroom draws on swiftly changing technology. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nichole Sobecki </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><em>Photo caption: A photographer shoots backstage during New York Fashion Week, Feb. 16, 2010. Anadolu university thinks it has found a way forward for both the amateurs and professional photographers. (Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters)</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/education/100426/photography-turkey-degree-program-anadolu-university" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Education Tue, 27 Apr 2010 10:16:18 +0000 Nichole Sobecki 5545952 at http://www.globalpost.com Chile's wired classrooms http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/education/100427/computers-classroom-internet <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nearly every classroom in Chile has a computer. But is anyone using them? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pascale Bonnefoy </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Photo credit: Inauguration of the first Mobile Computer Laboratory at the Grenoble elementary school in the Quinta Normal district in Santiago, May 8, 2009. (Courtesy Enlaces, Education Ministry of Chile)</p> <p>SANTIAGO, Chile &mdash; Chile&rsquo;s government spent years and more than $200 million putting computers and internet connections in almost every classroom of the country&rsquo;s public schools. The kids were more than ready &mdash; but are the teachers?</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/education/100427/computers-classroom-internet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Americas Education Chile Technology Thu, 29 Apr 2010 10:59:38 +0000 Pascale Bonnefoy 5546272 at http://www.globalpost.com A school for Manila's slums http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/education/100419/education-manila-slums <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Built out of recycled 40-foot shipping containers, Jane Walker's school will house more than 1,000 children. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nancy-Amelia Collins </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Photo caption: Children are silhouetted as they fly kites made of plastic and twigs collected from garbage at a slum area in Manila Feb. 23, 2010. (Cheryl Ravelo/Reuters)</p> <p>MANILA, Philippines &mdash; Jane Walker did not have an easy life growing up in Southampton, England.</p> <p>Shuttled back and forth between the homes of her divorced parents her family was, she says, &quot;dysfunctional,&quot; requiring repeated visits by social workers to monitor her and her sister Angie&rsquo;s well-being.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/education/100419/education-manila-slums" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Education Tue, 04 May 2010 15:25:13 +0000 Nancy-Amelia Collins 5543919 at http://www.globalpost.com Championing disabled students http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/education/100505/austria-inclusion-disabled-students <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Brigitte Petritsch fights for inclusion of Austria's disabled students in mainstream schools. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Phil Cain </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><em>Photo caption:&nbsp;A student in Kalsdorf, Austria, who has benefited from Brigitte Petritsch's advocacy of inclusion. (Rainer Max Wegscheidler)</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/education/100505/austria-inclusion-disabled-students" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Education Thu, 06 May 2010 14:58:18 +0000 Phil Cain 5548520 at http://www.globalpost.com China: Found in translation http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/education/100511/education-china-language-instruction <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Innovative program teaches English to Chinese students through online cartoons. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jean Yung </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Chinese schoolchildren perform morning exercises at their school in Shanghai October 14, 2009. (Nir Elias/Reuters)</p> <p> SHANGHAI, China &mdash; In 1997, at age 25, Pan Pengkai left his native Hangzhou and arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts to begin his PhD in interactive cinema at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He had been studying English for the last decade in school, but as Pan began classes, he grew increasingly frustrated.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/education/100511/education-china-language-instruction" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Education Tue, 11 May 2010 11:01:24 +0000 Jean Yung 5549774 at http://www.globalpost.com How David Cameron doesn't represent change http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/united-kingdom/100512/british-politics-oxford-university <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The new prime minister's election reinforces Oxford University's dominance in British politics. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>OXFORD, United Kingdom &mdash; The British election has finally ended. After a few twists and turns what seemed inevitable a few months ago has come to pass: David Cameron is prime minister. Cameron ran on the simple slogan &quot;Time for Change.&quot; And while he might change some things about this country, one thing will stay the same: Oxford University will continue to exercise disproportionate influence on British political life.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/united-kingdom/100512/british-politics-oxford-university" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Education United Kingdom Fri, 14 May 2010 10:41:14 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5550526 at http://www.globalpost.com Soweto principal transforms school http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/education/100504/soweto-headmaster-transforms-school <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mduduzi Mathe's leadership turns once derelict school into top performer. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Erin Conway-Smith </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>SOWETO, South Africa &mdash; When Mduduzi Maphindikazi Mathe took charge of Bhukulani Secondary School in Soweto, the sprawling township south of Johannesburg, the dilapidated school was on the verge of being shut down.</p> <p>The buildings had no window panes or doors, and the classrooms were sparsely equipped with broken chalkboards and too few desks.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was terrible,&rdquo; said Mathe. &ldquo;This school was a mess.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/education/100504/soweto-headmaster-transforms-school" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Education South Africa Thu, 13 May 2010 17:46:16 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5548161 at http://www.globalpost.com