A couple of days ago, World Bank posted a new blog entry titled “Ten trends in technology use in education in developing countries that you may not have heard about” that has created quite the response. Since the folks at EasyTomato are deeply invested in working with technology in the developing world we thought we’d let you all know how we feel about the article and where we see ourselves fitting into these newest trends.
Trend #2: My learning network is a social network… We are excited by the presence of students and teachers in the developing world in a global social networking experience. It is good for learning and building understanding globally, but we also understand the distractions it can present and the need for focus during the school day. Flexible easy-to-use tools ::cough:: EasyTomato ::cough::… need to exist to make sure social networking stays a net positive for education.
Trend #4: The great firewall of… everywhere In order for any of these new trends to be widely implemented there has to be consistent manageable internet access. There is always a debate on the necessary/evils of access control. We are strong believers in freedom of information, freedom of the internet, and privacy, but we also think that a hospital or school should be able to prioritize educational or medical information over YouTube video on their own private network.
If done correctly access restriction should let organizations in the developing world to do what they’re passionate about without worrying about whether they have enough Internet access (bandwidth) to get the job done. Teachers can be teachers, doctors can be doctors, and administrators can be administrators and manage their Internet with very little effort.
Trend #9: Getting school leadership on board This is of course crucial and can only be helped with cost effective solutions that are simple to use and effective. We’re going to put our shameless plug in here and say this is exactly what EasyTomato does.
So here’s a summary of why EasyTomato is cool and works…
- Low cost- we all try to minimize cost every day and IT specialists are not cheap.
- It’s easy- With EasyTomato you can do all of the formally complicated Internet management without an expensive IT person or complicated hardware. You can be your own IT management.
- It’s effective- With a simple drag and drop you can stop students from using websites like youtube, facebook, and adult content.