Are kids all that techno-smart? Maybe not

Becoming proficient in the use of technology requires an intermediary, whether it comes from home or the classroom, says Badshah, but although many American schools have technology in the classroom, he adds that it is not being adequately incorporated into instruction.

“For example, the ability to run science experiments through technology or to think about how (to do) complex math formulas using technology,” he says, ought to be emphasized more.

Clearly there is a role for tech in improving education, says Badshah, and there are many who are using tech to open the minds of kids.

For example, an educational program designed for Kinect, a gaming device that sits on top of Microsoft’s popular Xbox, allows kindergarten students to use it for math applications.

Young people in college have come up with the most innovative solutions with Kinect, including creating applications for the blind, educational games, and a way to run a small robot under buildings in an earthquake, Badshah says.

MIT graduate Salman Khan also uses technology to help students. He created The Khan Academy in 2006 to provide education to anyone, anywhere.

“He started doing that because his family members across the country were having trouble with their homework. He was an MIT kid working on Wall Street and knew some of these things, so he created simple videos for them,” Badshah says. “Others saw it and wanted it, and now it’s become a sensation.”

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