20 Jul Technology in Education
Seeds for Progress’ program approaches the improvement of education through a variety of different methods, including pedagogical innovation, infrastructural support, and professional development for teachers. However, one of our largest focuses is on the integration of technology education into Nicaraguan children’s everyday schooling. We invest in schools to build up the resources necessary to provide this type of education, contributing everything from computers to projectors to personal training for our educators. In doing this, we hope to democratize opportunities to learn such cutting edge skills, prepare these children to be leaders in the Nicaraguan work force, and empower them to expand their creative and innovative skills. 1, 2
We also work very hard to avoid the frequent pitfalls of technology education. These include a failure to integrate technology use into the broader curriculum, poor or no teacher training, and a lack of monitoring and evaluation of it’s success.3, 4 Educating our teachers and providing them with constant support is a key element of our program, and we make sure that technology is used as a tool to provide more engaging, interactive learning experiences. We have a broad monitoring and evaluation system that makes sure that technology does not take the place of, but rather enhances our educational system.
At Seeds for Progress, we are not alone in our attempts to improve communities’ education and livelihood through technology education. We are part of a large group of development organizations, governmental departments, and think tanks that see immense benefits in expanding opportunities to develop technological capabilities and empowerment. The World Bank has declared the “critical importance of effectively utilizing new information and communication technologies (ICTs) to meet the growing need for a more sophisticated labor force, manage information systems, and contribute to poverty reduction around the world.”5Further, scholarly sources claim that “technologies can help address issues of educational equity and social exclusion, and open up democratic and accessible educational opportunities.”6