Coronavirus forces Japan schools to grapple with online education
School is out for more than 16 million children in Japan this month. And while the youngsters may be celebrating, the unscheduled closure of primary and secondary schools across the country due to the new coronavirus outbreak is a headache for parents and educators alike. The unprecedented disruption has set off a move toward online teaching that may accelerate a shift away from the traditional textbook-based classroom that has been the hallmark of Japanese education since at least the 19th century.
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Japanese ‘ed tech’ firms look to change education at home, abroad
In Japanese society, people have seen the acceleration of the “Fourth Industrial Revolution,” globalization and work-style reforms. On the back of this rapid progress, what has changed are skills and abilities expected from children who will eventually enter the workforce.
Nagoya tech school students plan to build seaplane for flood rescues
Members of Nagoya City Technical High School’s airplane club are planning to develop a seaplane that can be used to rescue people from floods — an idea they came up with after learning about the Ise Bay Typhoon, a 1959 storm that swept through the Chubu region, claiming more than 5,000 lives.
Avatar robot allows Hiroshima students to attend classes from hospital beds
The education board in Hiroshima Prefecture has pioneered the use of a pint-sized “surrogate robot” to realize what was previously considered impossible: allowing hospitalized students to take classes remotely without being monitored by teachers. The success of the board’s tech-savvy initiative, considered an educational first in Japan, has prompted the education ministry to relax rigid requirements that have long prevented many hospitalized high school students from qualifying for class attendance.