Classroom Technology

With U.S. On Holiday, Exploring Rest of Ed-Tech Globe

By Ian Quillen — November 24, 2010 1 min read

In honor of it being Thanksgiving eve—meaning there won’t much be blogworthy stateside news until Monday, and even if there is, you’ll be too bombed on tryptophan to care—I’d like to share a series of eight blog entries from CoSN CEO Keith Krueger’s travels to South Korea early this month.

Krueger, who attended the Korean & World Bank Symposium on National Strategies for Information and Communications Technologies in Seoul, reminds us that America is not alone in attempting to solve educational challenges through the increased integration of technology.

He reports the trend of hiring district-level technology administrators is not unique to the United States, nor is the restructuring of national information and communications technologies, nor is the push to achieve a one-to-one computing environment. For example, the South American nation of Uruguay (perhaps best known globally as perennial World Cup overachievers, and in the states as “that country between Argentina and Brazil”) is in the third year of a laptop program that so far has distributed 420,000 machines to students and educators. The nation’s population is just 3.5 million.

Anyway, hope you’ll find this interesting reading, whether you’re sneaking away from the in-laws, waiting for the darn bird to cook already, or just perusing the Web after your family’s annual Adam Sandler sing-along.

And, oh yeah, HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Digital Education blog.