The power of technology in Brazilian education

Brazil, despite facing challenges in terms of infrastructure and access, has been investing in digital technology to enhance its education system. The government initiated programmes to provide tablets and other digital devices to teachers and students, enhancing interactive and innovative learning.

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From the buzzing classrooms of São Paulo to the serene schools of Rio de Janeiro, technology is empowering students, enabling personalised learning, and fostering a new era of educational possibilities.

One of the most significant changes that technology has brought Brazilian schools is the integration of digital devices and online learning platforms. Students now have access to a wealth of resources at their fingertips, from e-books and interactive learning materials to educational apps and virtual simulations. This dynamic digital landscape nurtures engagement, creativity, and critical thinking skills for pupils and teachers alike. Online learning was on the rise in Brazil, with platforms like Coursera, edX, and Veduca (a Brazilian online course platform) becoming more popular. The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated this trend as schools and universities shifted to remote teaching. This forced adaptation likely expanded the role of online learning in Brazil’s education system permanently.

Take for example the transformative online course on Global Citizenship Education (GCE) in Brazil. Developed in collaboration with Civicus and UNESCO, this free distance learning programme aims to equip primary and secondary education teachers with the knowledge and tools to integrate GCE into their teaching practices. The no-cost online course learning materials provided include theoretical texts, activities, publications, suggestions, videos, and podcasts featuring notable experts renowned for their work in fields related to GCE. Both courses are self-paced, allowing participants to progress at their own speed. By understanding GCE’s core concepts and significance, educators will gain valuable insights into planning, teaching, and assessing student learning in alignment with GCE principles and practices.

The recent global challenges have accelerated the adoption of remote learning, and Brazil has embraced this transformative shift. With the power of technology, students can now attend virtual classrooms, connect with teachers through video conferences, and collaborate with peers from their homes.

Technology has also sparked a revolution in STEM education. Brazil, like other countries, recognizes the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education for the 21st century. Initiatives have been put in place to promote STEM in Brazilian schools, such as the Brazilian Mathematics Olympiad for Public Schools (OBMEP), which aims to stimulate mathematics study among students and identify talented youths. Brazilian students are being introduced to coding, robotics, and digital skills from an early age. These hands-on experiences foster innovation, problem-solving, and a deeper understanding of the technological landscape, preparing students for future jobs and positioning Brazil as a hub of technological advancement.

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