Educational Tips for Government, Parents, Teachers and Students

IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATIONEDUCATION! A word that animates my face whenever I hear it. According to Google, education is the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, beliefs and habits. Well, to me, education is the learning about new ideas, places and the world itself.There is a great difference between being literate and being educated; the ability to read and write is being literate while being educated is to be able to reason, to use your ability to read and write to your advantage.We ask ourselves sometimes, why is education important, education is very important in our day-to-day activities, I strongly believe that by the time you are through with this article, you would be able to see the importance of education.First and foremost, being educated makes a person happy. An educated person has little or no job insecurity, no inferiority complex as he/she would be able to defend his/her word anywhere and anytime due to his well organized understanding of the world. Truly, education is not the key to happiness, but it is definitely the key to a lot of other things which come together to make you happy.Also, being educated gives the will to keep trying till you succeed. An uneducated person may have better intellectual and labour capacity, but there will be the lack of understanding of multiple ways to achieve their goals which is an obstacle.Being educated also leads to economic growth of the nation. When the people of a nation are EDUCATED and not LITERATE, they would definitely carve ways to be self sufficient. When the people in a society are economically independent, it will serve as a stepping stone to combined productivity that leads to the economic growth of the nation as a whole. Countries like Russia, Canada, Japan, Israel and the United states have been ranked the 5 most educated countries in the world because of the percentage of people who went to school up to the tertiary level but the question is: are they really educated?An educated person would be able to keep up with evolution. You can only keep up with evolution if you are aware of them. When I say evolution, I mean things like Whatsapp. Imagine what the world would be like without Whatsapp, Facebook, Nimbuzz, Skype, etc, since all these are made to simplify life.Education makes one logical. An uneducated person would see evolution as an evil machinery. Remember, being educated does not mean you can’t read or write, it means you can’t apply your literacy in your day-to-day life. I was talking to a woman in my area and she was telling me that online shops like Jumia, Konga, etc are the devil’s machinery. Just think, does this mean this person can’t read or write, of course not, she can read and write but it just means she is uneducated. I had to take time to let her know that online shops makes shopping easier for a busy person and also the other benefits attached to it even though it has its own disadvantages like fraud, but only an uneducated person, mind you, I don’t mean an illiterate but an uneducated person that would be defrauded.There are other benefits attached to education, but I would like to drop my pen here.Be Educated!!!

Educational Software Or Is It Edutainment?

Educational software can mean many things: video games with vocabulary words and definitions added in, strategy and teamwork games with intense multimedia and high quality graphics, and a math facts flash card game. Notice each of these examples have something in common. The word “game.” This isn’t necessarily bad but we want to make sure Educational Software is consistent with its meaning. The definition of “educational” is intended or serving to educate or enlighten and “software” is computer based.We know that educational software must be intended to educate or enlighten the student when using the computer in a particular subject or area. This is where controversy begins. Educational software that enlightens a student might be through a complex video game where strategy and teamwork are the driving players. On the other hand, there is the “typical” software that educates students on standards based material.What is “better” for the student? Should one be used over the other? Should they be used together? Is it really Educational Software or is it Edutainment? For those not familiar with this term, edutainment is the combination of education and entertainment.Some teachers and parents believe today’s children are in need of high quality design and “engaging” material that “tricks” students into learning when they’re having fun. There is some validity to this. Students are gaming outside of school and teachers feel like they’re constantly competing with all the fancy multimedia that students have access to.Is it good for the students to continue this intense gaming environment when they’re in school? That is still up for debate.One thing is for certain, students will still be required to take tests that require studying from text: State Tests, Driver’s License, SATs, specialty areas, etc. There are no video games that will teach these skills and then prepare them for the test. Should the State Tests change to determine student knowledge?Questions like these are ongoing and never end. Educational software needs to enlighten students. It could mean incorporating strategy games with extension activities and real life examples of the learned skills. Learning skills on their own without meaning is detrimental for the child. This is where the boredom begins. It doesn’t begin in the delivery or the game-like environment. It begins with the relevance, with the engagement, with combining these skills with real-life examples and allowing students to own what they’re learning.Educational software focused entirely on specific skills has a place. For example, students extremely below grade level need foundational skills in order to master more complex skills. This by no means replaces the teacher. The role of the teacher is to be creative, engaging, preparing interactive lesson plans that excite the students. Educational software (curriculum based), has the ability to alleviate the teacher from making packets for individual students and focus their energy on their skills they’ve been hired for.Educational Software and Edutainment have their places. We don’t want to take away the skill to learn from text and then pass a test. However, this must be combined with engaging and interactive materials since everyone has different learning styles. Google “21st Century Classroom Presentation”. You’ll find that the 21st Century Classroom is much different than the traditional classroom. Educational software is an important piece to this new classroom concept.