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Childhood in the digital age
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2 Virtual schools replacing teachers?

With the growth in worldwide population, more and more countries need more qualified teachers. This need is particularly acute in developing countries. One way of addressing the teacher shortage is to create teacherless environments. The rationale is that technology can provide a large-scale form of one-to-one teaching, and provide the necessary support in classrooms that often contain large numbers of children with only one teacher. In Malawi, for example, a classroom often has 90 children taught by only one teacher. There are academics who believe that with a little support, technology can on its own transform student education. There are also academics who believe the opposite. Try to come to a balanced view as you read the next three examples of using technology to boost the education in developing countries.