Education & Technology: Updating Our Education System

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The Springboard, Your Virtual University, a radio programme on Joy FM, used last Sunday’s edition to look at how to explore technology and learning to transition one’s career.

The show is hosted by Rev. Albert Ocran, and had the Chief Executive Officer of TECHAIDE, Mr Kafui Prebbie, the Human Resource Business Partner at Ecobank, Mr Nii Koi Kotey, and Mr Derrydean Dadzie, who take listeners through how they could develop themselves through personal learning and some of the opportunities that existed in it.

Rev. Ocran, in his introductory remarks, said personal development and informal learning gave people the power to learn whatever they liked, as it puts the power in the hands of the individual.

Touching on how education is transitioning from old time learning to what exists now, Mr Kafui Prebbie said commented on the fact that children in kindergarten will occupy jobs that do not even currently exist yet. He emphasised on  that the way people are trained in the different sectors of education needs to be changed so we train people who can solve real-life problems. “If we keep doing this exam, multiple choice kind of thing we are going to have a couple of issues.” he commented.

Mr Derrydean Dadzie, for his part, said technology had now become the centrepiece of education.

“Over the years, we have grown more knowledgeable as a society and when knowledge comes there is more desire to measure, more desire to be real time so there is a new real-timeness to everything we are doing now,” he stated.

“There is a lot more context now. With technology now, people are contextualising the way they learn,” he added.

He said technology was also helping parents to determine what was good for their children, the space they needed to learn and also help them to monitor the data the children were churning out as a result of what they were learning.

“Technology gives us proper context when it comes to assessment, it helps us get critical data that will enable you to make a good decision for your child and this is being pushed across different levels,” he said.

“One area that innovation should kick-start is education, as it will give people access to learn without being present at a learning location,” he added.

Mr Dadzie, however, pointed out that the way people wanted to learn had not really changed, but what had changed was the fact that there were now more capabilities to enable those ways of learning.

He said distance learning for instance had been in the system for a very long time now, but technology had just helped make it better and easier.

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