The Opportunity

Today, FOUR great forces exist in the world, which can increase literacy dramatically, if harnessed and mobilized effectively to combat illiteracy:
 

THE FOUR FORCES OF CHANGE

ONLINE LEARNING

is already being used extensively--but largely for higher learning.

TABLET TECHNOLOGY

is accepted as an outstanding educational tool, but is not accessible to the poor.

GAMIFICATION OF LEARNING

has proven to be a highly effective mechanism in countless applications.

PHILANTHROPY FUNDING

which is larger than it has ever been in human history.

ONLINE LEARNING


ONLINE LEARNING ... is already being used extensively--but largely for higher learning. It has even greater potential for the lowest levels

  • 97% of all universities in the developed world are using online learning; some are exclusively online

  • Online learning is increasingly mainstream in developed economies … GREAT (!!!) link to a concise AND comprehensive view of the online education world below ...

The Learn How To Become Guidebook – Online Universities and Colleges [Link]

The US News Study –Enrollment in Online Learning Up, Except at For-Profits [Link]

The Distance Learning Portal Article – Distance Learning Course Options Get More Popular Every Year [Link]

TABLET TECHNOLOGY


TABLET TECHNOLOGY ... is accepted as an outstanding educational tool, but is not accessible to the poor. However, price points on tablets are expected to break the $20 barrier in the next few years, while a $10 tablet is well within the realm of possibility.

The Amplify Post – Why tablets are a game changer in education [Link]

The Securedge Network Blog – 31 Reasons You Should Be Using iPads in the Classroom [Link]

The Securedge Network Blog – 8 Studies Show iPads in the Classroom Improve Education [Link]

The USA Today Story – Tablets rewrite the classroom rules [Link]

The Usable Knowledge Chapter – Can Tablets Transform Teaching? [Link]

The Gizmodo Post – Do Tablets in the Classroom Really Help Children Learn? [Link]

The Mashable India Post – 6 Reasons Tablets Are Ready for the Classroom [Link]

The ProCon Article – Should Tablets Replace Textbooks in K-12 Schools? [Link]

The World Bank Blog - Tablets in education [Link]

The Journal Article - How 5 Inspiring Tablet Classrooms Are Changing Education [Link]

GAMIFICATION OF LEARNING


GAMIFICATION OF LEARNING ... has proven to be a highly effective mechanism in countless applications, (though it is still in its early stages and has not been deployed on a very large scale ... yet) (Gamified curricula have been successfully implemented in "Quest-to-Learn" schools in NYC; games have been used with excellent results to teach everything from nursing to xxx to yyy to zzz)

The Wikipedia Post – Gamification of Learning [Link]

The eLearning Industry Article - The Science And The Benefits of Gamification In eLearning [Link]

The eLearning Infographics Post – 30 Facts About Gamification in E-Learning Infographic [Link]

The Learning Solutions Magazine Article - Report Card: Gamification in Learning (What Works?) [Link]

Teach the Earth Post - What is GBL? [Link]

The Talent lms Blog - Epic Fail or Win? Gamifying Learning in My Classroom [Link]

The Edutopia Article - Epic Fail or Win? Gamifying Learning in My Classroom [Link]

The eLearning Industry Post - 30 Facts About Gamification in eLearning [Link]

The KQED News Blog - Can Gamification Boost Independent Learning? [Link]

The Dazeinfo Post - Can Gamification Boost Learning for Business and Education [Link]

The Learn Dash Blog - Improve Learning By Using Gamification [Link]

The Talent lms Article - Gamification: How we can improve K-12 Education [Link]

The Top Hat Blog - Increase student engagement by gamifying your classroom [Link]

PHILANTHROPY FUNDING


PHILANTHROPY FUNDING ... which is larger than it has ever been in human history. The Billionaires Club alone is $6.5 T; foreign aid programs spend xxxx e.g. USAID at $xx B; DFID at $yyy

The Forbes Data – The World’s Billionaires [Link]

The Charity Navigator Information - Giving Statistics [Link]

The National Philanthropist Trust Data - Charitable Giving Statistics [Link]

The Giving USA Report - Americans Donated an Estimated $358.38 Billion to Charity in 2014; Highest Total in Report’s 60-year History [Link]

NCCS Data - Charitable Giving in America: Some Facts and Figures [Link]

The Philanthropy Roundtable - Statistics [Link]

The Chronicle of Philanthropy Report - As Wealthy Give Smaller Share of Income to Charity, Middle Class Digs Deeper [Link]

The Chronicle of Philanthropy Article - Philanthropy Surges 5.4% to Record $358 Billion, Says ‘Giving USA’ [Link]

The Blackbaud Report - 2015 Charitable Giving Report: How Nonprofit Fundraising Performed in 2015 [Link]

The Wall Street Journal News - Charitable Giving in U.S. Continues to Rise [Link]

The Atlas of Giving Report - the exclusive resource for monthly U.S. charitable giving results and forecasts by sector, source and state [Link]