On the 11th May 2009 18 delegates from ten countries gathered in London at World ORT headquarters for a seminar on wireless and mobile technology in education.
World ORT, celebrating its 130 year since established, has designed and delivered a world class, cutting edge seminar presenting participants with new technologies in education which I am hoping to share in this blog in the future.
Reflecting on the seminar and on the amazing people whom I had the privileged to meet, makes me think about the story of a shoe owner factory, He decides to sends his two sales people to a rural area in Latin America (let’s leave Africa for a change). The sales people are tasked to check the area and return with recommendations as to whether there is a market for his shoe business in this rural place.
The one sales person returns despondent and reports back “Ah, don’t waste your time, people are walking bare feet, no business opportunity there”
The other sales person returns back all excited “ this is such a great opportunity! Everybody is walking bare feet”
As each of us returns to our country we need to seek the opportunities that wireless and mobile technology has for the enhancement of education. We must not despair because of “ time, infrastructure, funds etc” and find ways to enable implementation of technologies that will bring us closer to 21st century proficiency.
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Thanking ORT SA for sending me to the seminar.
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