Friday, August 22, 2014

SOLE in Costa Rica!

http://www.nacion.com/nacional/educacion/Google-alianza-MEP-impartir-virtuales_0_1433656867.html

NATIONAL

Google seeks alliance with MEP to provide virtual classes

BY C. ALBERTO BARRANTES / alberto.barrantes@nacion.com 
San Jose
Company representatives seek to insert Google technology in Costa Rican classrooms, in order to motivate the use of videoconferencing to teach lessons.
Responsible for application developers of Google, Andrew Greig, said it is necessary to create public-private partnerships to increase the use of technology by children and youth.
"This can become a tool to motivate the use of technologies in all social strata," Greig said.
The company also wants students to be able to create applications that they can sell to the company.
"There are three lines of action: create applications to sell, make classes more interactive and promote tools that are friendly to the environment," said the representative of Google in Costa Rica, Gerald Murray.
Education Minister, Sonia Marta Mora said that you stimulate learning tools.
"We think this audience an opportunity to discuss these innovative opportunities., We are interested in the use of information technologies. This is not to equip the schools, but to generate proposals for better use," Mora said the minister.
The MEP Google asked the company to put the proposal on paper may be assessed at a second meeting and subsequent implementation in Costa Rican classrooms.
To begin, the MEP work through a pilot scheme on the subject. Google said that there are three private institutions in the country to develop such technologies.
On the futuristic idea of ​​teaching from the house, the minister noted that the ways of learning will change in the coming years and that in the short or medium term, if a child health problems can not go to classes, should be helped to access technology to keep up with the content.
"On trips by schools, we realize that for education and discourses are attractive, it is important to link with the technology," said the minister.