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SunitaT0
SunitaT0
12/31/2014 4:17:32 AM
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Re: The Difference of location
@Victor: You are right. It is almost impossible to find an all rounder government which has been issuing quality technical education to its young citizens. Also, giving access to internet doesn’t help a bit, because things of distraction are advertised much more than things of education.

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Victor Lorenzo
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12/14/2014 5:09:50 AM
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Re: The Difference of location
I agree with you and from my point of view we could add some more to this.

Even if we make a combined global effort to bring them free access to personal computers, printers, kits and internet in libraries and other public locations the root cause making them unable to get the technical education is still there: no effort has been taken by their governments to provide them with, at least, a good basic education, many of them can't just even read and write in their language so reading in english, french, german or spanish can be considered just science fiction, and one thing more with even more importance, many of them can't just have the "priviledge" of taking time for studing and learning, they have to go to work from an early age so their family can survive, some times surviving just for another day.

 

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Bob.Shepard
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12/11/2014 1:27:06 AM
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The STEM of EVIL
From the title and content, I expected a plug for EVILMADSCIENTIST.  The site provides parts, controllers and kits and the people there support STEM in a number of ways.   Sorry if this sounds like spam, but it's right on topic.  -Bob S.

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Roland66
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12/10/2014 6:37:35 PM
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Don't rely on the net.
Think through your hypothesis and develop problem solving process flow even in the brainstorming session. Ask questions and answer them. Once you identify what it is you need to accomplish then research what ever method it takes to communicate. Your mind solves problems. Technology is the implementaion portion.  There are many ways to gather the technology.  Internet like books are tools but it never impededd technology advancement.

Roland

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DaeJ
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12/10/2014 12:15:45 PM
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Re: Internet as a force
Online Education supported by internet might be used in the poor country. Then, they could access all resources remotely as well as virtual engineering and science lab. To do that, internet infrastructure should be built in the poor country. Or full internet might be accessed for only urban education institute.  Therefore, they could get the same benefit as that of other country's student.

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goafrit2
goafrit2
12/10/2014 9:41:24 AM
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Internet as a force
>> The Internet is a powerful force for shrinking the world and reducing the friction of transporting data.

The world needs to invest a lot of resources to make Internet accessible to poor kids. Provided that most parts of the world especially in poor nations have metered Internet which is Pay As You Go and which must be prepared, it will not be heavily adopted. When the cost of Internet affects the files you download and what you click, you do not have real Internet. When I travel to some African countries as part of my job, I see people avoid some sites that auto-refresh because that costs them bandwidth as that is metered. In short, you will notice that people prefer the old bland Internet with no graphics. The world is not the same and we have to be there to see that Internet we enjoy here in America is a luxury for many.

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goafrit2
goafrit2
12/10/2014 9:36:34 AM
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The Difference of location
>> Frankly, the idea that a poor student anywhere in the world can't get a technical education when they are capable and motivated -- that's plain wrong. 

 

Sure but poor students in some parts of the world are not like American "poor" kids that can afford snickers and iPhone. I know U.S. has this esoteric definition of poverty. When you move into some parts of the world, you will see poverty and in those cases, I can say Internet does not help because Internet is very expensive. It will cost you $60 to consumer one hour of video in Congo and that must be prepaid. I am not sure how a poor kid gets that when the father earns less than $2 a day. But in U.S., the kid has a library to visit but in most parts of the world, you see libraries in coloring books but not physical spaces.

 

 

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