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The Power of Technology in Schools




This student can get an excellent education, even without a school. (justanotherpumpkin/Creative Commons)

This student can get an excellent education, even without a school. (justanotherpumpkin/Creative Commons)

Computers were introduced to American classrooms over 20 years ago, but they haven't led to significant improvements in student achievement. In the developing world, where computers and mobile devices are increasingly part of primary education, the story is very different.

"School is not synonymous with a building with a blackboard and a teacher," said Sam Pitroda, a top Indian education official. India, and many other developing economies, are using computers to educate a growing number of students. Many of these students have never attended schools; this is particularly true in areas that lack money and infrastructure to build schools and hire qualified teachers.

Bill Gates agrees. "Technology is opening up enormous opportunities for many more people to participate in the global economy,” he said. “[These] opportunities will depend not on where you live, but what you know."

Learn more about how developing nations are using technology in schools, and connect with Asia Society exchange projects that prepare American youth for the global knowledge economy.

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