Monday, 12 November 2012

People Revolutionizing Education in Today's World: A Quick Look

It is a known and proven fact that education paves the path to success.Education widens our perceptive and makes us want to contribute towards the progress of mankind. And that is the only reason why young minds seek knowledge. Education is very important for change.

Change is the only constant without which the world would be trapped in stagnation. Change brings about freshness of ideas. Aristotle once described revolution as the ‘modification of an existing constitution’. Unless we modify what already exists in the world, we cannot even think of changing the tides of time.

With the advent of technology the world picked up pace and added a new dimension to everything including education. With technology growing in leaps and bounds, the world has now become easily accessible to everyone. This has helped students across the globe. According to Forbes 15 people have had a great impact on Education.

15 people who revolutionised education

Anant Agarwal , Norman Atkins , Stacey Childress , Eddy Cue , Paul LeBlanc , Jose Ferreira , Sal Khan , Daphne Koller , Alan Louie , Ted Mitchell , Roland Packard , Osman Rashid , Sebastian Thrun ,

 Suneet Singh Tuli , Jessie Woolley-Wilson

The CEO of Datawind, Mr. Suneet Singh Tuli is the mastermind behind the world’s cheapest tablet computer, Aakash. This device is said to have the potential to transform educational admittance in developing countries. Priced at $35, the tablet has over a million orders already.

Aakash Tablet
Mr. Tuli
"I don't care about creating the iPad killer. I care about the 3 billion people who can afford this device."
- Mr. Suneet Singh Tuli
  • Through this device, children all over the world can now afford to spend less but have access to a mini computer that will help them with education. They can now study at online colleges and tutorials that do not cost a fortune. To help the youth to use this technology further, Mr. Anant Agarwal, professor of computer science at MIT and president of edX. edX is the new online offering of MIT, the University of California at Berkeley, Harvard and the University of Texas.

Mr. Agarwal

"We've created dramatic access to learning for students worldwide. By reinventing online learning, we can dramatically improve what we do on campus,"
-Mr Agarwal

EdX continues to
bring forth new technology like online laboratories. Such facilities help students worldwide to study subjects they have always wanted to study.
  • Stacey Childress sees to where Bill Gates’ and Warren Buffett’s money is spent, gave away $278 million last year to institutions that incorporate technology and learning.
  • Jose Farreira, founder Knewton, uses revolutionary data mining techniques to create tailored lesson plans for students.
  • Salman Khan, founder Khan Academy, has devised unique educational videos which have been uploaded on the web. These videos have been downloaded 180 million times, a wonderful way for youngsters to learn.
  • Daphne Koller, has launched Coursera, a commercial platform that offers 200 classes from 33 universities at zero cost to 1.5 million students.
  • Jessie Woolley-Wilson, CEO Dreambox Learning, has delivered fifty million online lesson minutes in the past twelve months, privately and schools.
Education has now become a necessity for the youth, as they are the leaders of tomorrow. It is not possible for everyone to study at prestigious colleges and universities as they are expensive and not very accessible to every single budding genius. Few people can make all the difference in making education more accessible.