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]