Bangladesh, solar-powered floating schools
During monsoon season in Bangladesh, almost one third of the country is flooded, making school attendance next to impossible. Nonprofit Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha came up with a way to bring education to the children most affected: by creating solar-paneled floating schools. Each morning, the elementary schools travel to different communities, picking up children along the way. The boats then docks and teach up to 30 children at a time. The schools contain a laptop, hundreds of books and electronic resources powered by energy generated from the solar panels.
Sweden, gender-neutral schools
At Egalia preschool in Stockholm, the words "he" and "her" are never used. Boys can play with dolls and girls with firetrucks. There are no designated areas for each gender and books are carefully selected to avoid traditional stereotyping. Egalia and other similar preschools in Sweden, reject gender stereotypes and hope to help children fight societal gender norms, which they believe can hinder growth and acceptance.
Ghana, empower playgrounds
In many parts of rural Ghana, Electricity is either limited or unavailable. Students in this area are unable to study after dark, which hinders their possibility of getting into secondary school. So empower playgrounds created marry-go-round that use the children's energy to charge a battery, which than powers a small lantern. each recharge lasts more than 40 hours and allows students to study in the dark.
USA, the world as your classroom
Students at the THINK Global School in New York spend each semester in a different nation. They learn languages and in each new place they visit, they work with local experts to gain insights into the historical, cultural, and socioeconomic aspects of their host country. Destinations for the 2018-19 school year include India, Botswana, Japan and Spain.
Singapore, robot teachers
Pepper is a robot that interacts with students and answers their questions. Introduced last year as part of a pilot project in Singapore, Pepper helped preschool teachers deliver lessons and told pupils stories. Teachers reported that the robot helped shy students come out of their shell and created a fun, interactive atmosphere to learn in.
UK, virtual reality
Immersive technology is having a big moment in education right now, making its way into classrooms around the world. Among those adopting the technology is Sevenoaks School, in the UK, which has introduced VR into its classrooms for a range of subjects including art, history and geography. Students are using the technology to go on virtual field trips and creating three dimensional paintings that move.
Netherlands, personalized learning
Steve Jobs Schools are inspired by, but not affiliated with, the Apple founder. Their philosophy is to encourage personalized learning by giving their students, all of primary age, more control. Pupils choose which subjects they study, how they want to learn and at what pace. Teachers are known as coaches and students are grouped not by age but by their strengths and interests. Schedules are flexible and students are each given an iPad. Starting out in the Netherlands, they opened a school in Johannesburg in 2016.
Denmark, forest preschools
While nature-centered schools are not uncommon around the world, in Denmark teaching children the importance of Mother Nature starts at a very young age. According to the Danish Forest and Nature Agency, over 10 percent of Danish preschools are located in forests or other natural settings. These schools use their surroundings as teaching tools, where eating organic food, hiking and raising chickens are all part of the daily lessons. Proponents of forest preschools say that children develop better motor skills when there is more space and time to play in nature rather than sitting in a classroom.
Bali, Going green
As the green school in Bali demonstrates, innovation doesn't always equals technology. Nestled between rain forests and made entirely from bamboo, the school's mission is to educate students about sustainability by using holistic approach. Students from nursery to high school learn how to be more environmentally conscious while studying traditional topics like math and language. The school boost a diverse body of students from all around the world and aims to create the next generation of green leaders.
Canada, Paper and desk free Classroom
In some classes in Canada and the US, recent trends of creating more creative and free classrooms have seen traditional desks disappear. Instead, bouncing balls, bean bags and seating mats have taken their place, while ipads and computers replace traditional pen and paper. students submit their their work via different tools like Google classroom and teachers are able to give feedback and mark assignments in real time.
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