Year: 2012

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” – Nelson Mandela

The enduring advancement in scientific innovation and the irresistible potentialities of technology are transforming how we acquire and share knowledge, our understanding of what constitutes educational materials, and the key learning skills we will need to be successful learners. Yesterday, there were no books. Today, books fill libraries and house vast knowledge. What tomorrow holds

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Understanding the words for the heart

  “Gaining knowledge through education is not a great issue to bother with if the language isn’t a barrier”. This is a deep belief of every parent in bringing up their child as an educated person. That’s why a child gifted with languages studies from an early age. Most of the knowledge spread today remains

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Books Are Here To Stay

The world is evolving really fast in various aspects. Radical trends in technology, culture, fashion, transport, civilization, modes of communication-just to mention a few-are very incredible. All the same, they are worth endorsing and appreciating. I was reading the best selling novel ‘The Digital Dead’ in my bedroom a couple of weeks ago. Although I

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A world without printed books – what good and evil may come from this?

When an individual happens to read and contemplate upon this statement, I’m pretty sure that a kind of “creepy sensation” spontaneously germinates in his/her mind. In fact, this statement itself seems a metaphorically thought-provoking and truth-oriented prediction having both positive and negative far-reaching consequences. We have acknowledged that education is one of the backbones of

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In The Future, People Will Cease to Hold Books

To start with, a 2003 survey conducted by a company called the Jenkins Group produced some statistics which have been quoted in books, blog posts and newspaper articles, stating that “One-third of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives, 42 percent of college graduates never read another book after

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Education Devoid of Values Makes Man a Cleverer Devil

Education is the system of formal teaching and learning. It is the acquisition of basic knowledge, skills and developing the body and mind while values are rather mental discipline, social efficiency and realization of standards considered worthwhile. One needs not be told that education fetches one power, admiration and respect. In the world today, one

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Touch Their Hearts, Make Them Love Learning

It made a very deep impression on me when I first came across the quote from Nelson Mandela, “If you talk to a man in a language he understand, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart”. Implied in Mandela’s quote were my teaching experiences

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The future of books

There is a peddled belief that suggests, “In the future people will cease to own books.” Some go further to state that in the next generation, there will be no physical books but rather digital content since the ageing demographic would be gone with their preferences. I suggest we should clap to that. Earlier this

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Towards a progressive society

  Education is often described as the ‘development of character and mental powers’ (The concise Oxford dictionary, 1976) and its power to liberate the emotion and intellectual condition of people is well captured by T.S. Eliot’s quote when he says that education can be used as a tool for us to break free from the

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In The Future, People Will Cease To Own Books

A book can simply be defined as a set of written, printed, or blank pages, fastened along one side and encased between protective covers. Books are essential for learning processes and other purposes. The idea of people ceasing to own books in the future is in essence not possible due to people’s high preference to

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Education Opens Doors

T.S. Eliot’s words “It is in fact a part of the function of education to help us escape, not from our own time— for we are bound by that—but from the intellectual and emotional limitations of our time” serve to remind us that education enables us to overcome even great obstacles. It opens doors, builds

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Mistakes are opportunities to learn

A mistake is an action by us, that gets either other people or us into some sort of trouble. Mistakes can be careless or accidental, gigantic like losing one’s life savings in an investment or tiny like spilling juice over a school essay. One thing is for certain though: mistakes are always opportunities for learning,

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The Way We Acquire And Share Knowledge Is Changing

The enduring advancement in scientific innovation and the irresistible potentialities of technology are transforming how we acquire and share knowledge, our understanding of what constitutes educational materials, and the key learning skills we will need to be successful learners. Yesterday, there were no books. Today, books fill libraries and house vast knowledge. What tomorrow holds

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My Kindle And I

I got a Kindle for my birthday last year. I wasn’t sure that I wanted it, but there it was – sleek and grey in a soft purple cover that closed over it like…well, a book cover. It was wireless enabled and synced with my Amazon account, so when I turned it on it greeted

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Ike and Me

I have a wall full of books. I love them. I love the masterpieces, I love the pulpy and forgettable crap. I love the smell of aged ink, I love the texture of thin paperback sheets and the thick creamy stock of hardback first editions. But, these loves are secondary to what I love most:

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How can technology help to make education more accessible to all?

Introduction I am going to write about technology making education more accessible to all. First of all, I am going to write about what technology is in today’s world, and then I am going to write a definition of education. I am also going to write about the advantages of technology making education more accessible

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A World Without Books Will Never Come To Be

In my house the only things that I treasure are the books on my shelves. As someone once said, ‘They are not just books, but minds of great people’, so I often treat them that way. Even though the shelf keeps groaning under the weight of books from past expeditions, I run to that second

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Education in the developing world

The challenges of being an educator in the developing world were many. I could speak of the trials and tribulations of working without text books, electricity or running water, or having the local goats intermittently disrupt my lecture, or the issue of anemia and its effects on my students, but that would be easy and

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