Education, Technology, and the Millennium Development Goals

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Rising above human is a hard task even when the world appears troubled. When it is apparent that some altruistic event should happen that comes to save the day. Where are the heroes with horses? I speak of you and me; not just governments or giants among us who command attention. Any individual can be a servant leader and a follower also. The Millennium Development Goal (MDG) is a United Nations directive with 8 points to it; education, open, non-discriminatory, rule-based, gender quality, and empowering women being those that I will discuss in this article.

I love to learn. Nevertheless, someone a year ago commented it was time to produce a result. Considering this, and a lot of personal upheaval, I have been volunteering online since January 2008. Trying to give, learn, and to produce a positive result, providing a free service to Non Profit Organizations, such as Students of Medicine, Nanotechnology Research Foundation, or Baltimore Education Network. Assisting to further Education and Technology has been a conscious theme as a Virtual Volunteer. So, what has been the result? Getsmartmoodle - Moodle's are Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environments developed by Martin Dougiamas of Australia and a host of others.

Moodle's are capable of supporting an online learning enrollment of 200,000 end-users if hosted by a dedicated server. Future integration into Getsmartmoodle are applications like VMukti Video Web Conferencing (supporting 100 end-users) and current plans are to integrate LAMS, dimdim.com, and Moodle-Google Apps email. Presentl Getsmartmoodle's development is underway. Therefore, in this instance, this is what education and the personal empowerment of women can produce; as the United Nations MDG's of 2015 suggested implementations faces interpretation.

One oversea friend's impression, of the United States, is their perception of this country being a legend. Personally, this is just home with all that it has to offer and of course, its pitfalls too. However, one common denominator, for most people I have met in person or online, is our educational system. Some people want to come here to learn. Tamer is a demonstrator on Faculty at Cairo University's Dairy Agriculture Department; desiring to work on his Masters in the US. Padam Khanal (of Nepal) living in Virginia is completing his Masters in Strategic Leadership, from a West Virginia University. Nora, a student teacher from Algeria, "Believes educational systems need improvement."

Others like Harry Hosborn studies English, as his second language near Paris, France. Sumit Agrahari of India envisions a better world utilizing Environmental Physics. Anze Tominsek, from Slovenia, is a student whose university portal is a Moodle, Juliano Kohler, of Germany, is an ER Doctor studying to be a General Practitioner. Puneet Verma, a Webmaster; enjoys filming and video discussions on internet security related to his work at ZyXel.org. Sheikh Azhar operates an online distance tutoring service. Ramakrishna Gudipudi has worked with Moodle technology. Safeer Siddiqui, of Zkam.org, wants his MBA. One young 19-year-old Abdul, from Ghana, related that levied fees caused his suspension from school.

Teachers Nellie Deutsch, Minhaaj ur Rehman, Vivek Sharma (also a Moodler), and others meet to utilize methods of education and discussion at CO09 (Connecting-Online 09). Nellie, created CO09 and also participates in WikiEducator.org. It is her hope to contribute in the United Nations MDG goals as a teacher, as well as, the other men and women have stated, to a posed hypothetical question, that they would volunteer time online: creating lesson plans and teaching using Getsmartmoodle, or other available online resources. Teachers, professors, and educators participating will make use of a rule based interactive educational experience. If you are interested in volunteering please visit getsmartmoodle.org with your intent.

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