On this page, websites and publications perceived to be of educational utility and critical perspectives on teacher education, learning and technology integration are provided. They are accompanied by brief descriptions of what they are about with embedded links for easy clicking and access.
1. As we grapple with efforts to integrated technology in various aspects of education, particularly in learning and instruction, what could we be missing, and what should we consider, particularly in the contexts of developing countries in the global south? “10 principles to consider when introducing ICTs into remote, low-income educational environments” is an insightful blog contribution on the need to contextualise technology use in low-income and remote areas, a profile that matches most of Namibia’s educational landscape.
2. “Efficient Learning for the Poor : Insights from the Frontier of Cognitive Neuroscience” is an interesting book that every teacher and teacher educator in developing countries should have. “This book integrates research into applications that extend from preschool brain development to the memory of adult educators. In layman’s terms, it provides explanations and answers to questions such as:
- Why do children have to read fast before they can understand what they read?
- How do health, nutrition, and stimulation influence brain development?
- Why should students learn basic skills in their maternal language?
- Is there such a thing as an untrained teacher?
- What signs in a classroom show whether students are getting a quality education?
- How must information be presented in class so that students can retain it and use it?
- What training techniques are most likely to help staff put their learning into use?
This book is intended for use by policymakers, donor agency staff, teacher trainers, supervisors, and inspectors, as well as university professors and students.”
3. Edutopia is a resourceful website with reference and supporting materials for project-based learning. In its article, the Step-by-Step Guide to the Best Projects, Edutopia offers helpful guidelines for the implementation of PBL, particularly in schools. The ideas may be designed for American school systems, but there are general ideas that can be borrowed, modified and applied to other contexts such as ours.