#121 – Edtech & the education gap in less connected areas
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Welcome to this tenth and final episode of the The Future Tech for Education Series on The Edtech Podcast, supported by Pearson
What’s in this episode?
This final episode of The Pearson series on future tech for education reflects on edtech internationally. What does a review of 130 reports on edtech internationally tell us about best practice and evidence based learning in emergencies and displaced settings? What are the common misconceptions about connectivity as a barrier to edtech, and when are these well-founded? How can technology help scale access to teaching and learning and how do we ensure learners still benefit from mentors and face to face teaching. And when it comes down to it, what comes first on a phone – a learning game or a photo of your loved ones? All this and more in today’s episode.
Luke Stannard a research consultant from Save the Children
Education Research Consultant and Project Manager. Former teacher and teacher trainer. Current research projects include: Qualitative study on attitudes towards EdTech use in education, of children and parents in Jordan. As well as project managing the dissemination of systematic review of EdTech use in Emergencies I co-authored with a colleague at Save the Children UK
Teodora Berkova, Director of Social Innovation at Pearson
I lead Pearson’s strategy and investments for the development of education solutions for underserved customers. Includes setting up a social innovation unit, overseeing strategic partnerships, and leading Pearson’s first business model incubator focused on reaching low-income/emerging markets with new education products. We are focused on digital products and services, personalized learning, measuring impact, human centered design and bringing education, empathy, and employability closer together.
Henry Warren, Edtech Lead, for the Aga Khan Education Service
I’m currently leading on the EdTech strategy for AKES’s 200+ schools in 10 countries & 13 curricula across Asia and Africa.
Currently wrestling with…
~ What does it really mean to be digitally literate? Is it different in the developing world?
~ How do you connect & educate those in the remotest parts of the planet?
~ How does one get EdTech to really work in the most challenging of environments on the planet?
~ Why does most EdTech lead to almost no increase in attainment? Can that be changed?
~ How do you create sustainable funding models at a continental scale?
Luke Doyle, Computers are Free For Everyone
I am the founder of the UK charity Computers Are Free For Everyone. Since 2011, we have been providing free of cost computer training to underpriviliged young people in Bangladesh. Prior to this, I worked as a teacher in the UK, Austria, the USA, China and Bangladesh. Most recently, I have have started my own business, called SwopBots, which creates stories and computer games to teach coding to children.
Kobir Uddin, COO, from Computers are Free For Everyone
CAFFE (Computers Are Free For Everyone) is a UK charity providing free training in coding, design and electronics to underpriviliged young people in Sylhet, Bangladesh.
Quotes from this episode
- Luke Stannard a research consultant from Save the Children
- Teodora Berkova, Director of Social Innovation at Pearson
- Henry Warren, Edtech Lead, for the Aga Khan Education Service
- Luke Doyle and Kobir Uddin from Computers are Free For Everyone
- Paulo Freire’s The Pedagogy of the Oppressed
- Every Child Learning Programme Save the Children
- Rigorous review edtech in emergencies
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