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Symposium 2012

Solution for Effective Investments in Education

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Education is a fundamental right for everyone and key to the future of any country. Education has its price everywhere—but the only thing more expensive than investing in education is not investing ...

Education is a fundamental right for everyone and key to the future of any country. Education has its price everywhere—but the only thing more expensive than investing in education is not investing in education. Inadequate education produces high costs for society in terms of public spending, crime, health, and economic growth. No country can afford to leave too many of its children behind and not to help them achieve the competencies needed for a self-fulfilled life in economic independence.

Governments should invest in embedding technology into pedagogical concepts to enable interactive learning experiences. For an effective use of technology, give teachers training and rewards, integrated in incentive systems for student performance, to be champions of such new approaches.

Information and communication technologies have dramatically redefined how people live, work, communicate and learn. It is critical to collective progress that there is a pervasive culture of innovation, not only in schools, colleges and universities but also within and across communities of students and educators. This requires innovative classroom and infrastructure solutions.

Technology means much more than "closing the digital divide" by equipping classrooms with computers and providing Internet access for all students. It is primarily about how well technology is applied and embedded into pedagogical concepts to enable interactive learning experiences. Technology is a critical enabler to transform education aligned with new pedagogical frameworks. Schools need to change the way they teach to reflect the fact that they are dealing with students who are interacting with digital technologies from an early age. Teachers should embrace these new realities and redefine their role—from content provider and instructor to facilitator, coach, and adviser.

There needs to be a new openness to collaboration across classrooms, institutions and countries to spread ideas, accelerate innovations and reengineer existing solutions. Therefore, environments should be created where teachers and students work together as active learners in experimental teaching settings.

Personal learning approaches, teacher professional learning and collaboration should play a critical role to ensure new pedagogies and technologies are well designed and implemented. Leaders in education should be recognized and supported as champions of new approaches through incentive programs. All of this should go hand in hand with targeted investments in research in such areas as teaching with technology and pedagogical integration of information technology.

Teachers and leaders must see rewards for effectively using technology. Introduction of technology is best accomplished by integrating it in accountability and incentive systems for better student performance (GESolution 2). Moreover, a portion of the budget for new technology should be reserved for both training of teachers and for compensation to teachers and leaders who participate not only in the development but also the introduction of new technology.

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