Growing up digital — navigating the world of ed-tech

At the International Village School in Chennai, students pick up agricultural skills from a tech-enabled aquaponic system. Founder Chairman Rajesh Shankar lists some of the technology that has the classroom hooked: sensors to monitor water levels and trigger motors, custom- programmed boards to sequentially water the plants, the list goes on. Meanwhile, Bengaluru-based Amar and Mrunal Deshpande, a husband-and-wife duo who have a story-based podcast for children, are relying on simpler, everyday technology to disseminate their audio stories in rural Indian villages. “We plan to do this via tools like WhatsApp —…

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Ethical Quandaries for Higher Education

If universities withdraw from their international initiatives each time there is a violation of human rights or an act of violence committed by academic partner’s government, soon all international academic engagement would probably come to a screeching halt. Following the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, Harvard and MIT are reexamining their relationships with Saudi Arabia. Yet, these elite institutions continue to engage with other countries (China, Russia, etc.) where there is evidence of crimes, abuse of human rights and violent assaults on individuals. In March, Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were…

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