#202 – What Matters in Edtech, The Global Education Council “Teach Back Better”
Welcome to the third episode of the GLOBAL edition of our What Matters in Edtech Series, our podcast collaboration with Bett. This podcast series is all about the things that matter in education, and how and when tech might help.
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So, what’s in this episode?
This week we are chatting to Bett’s Global Education Council, getting to grips with the council’s manifesto set in January and the way COVID has impacted the manifesto ideals and how urgently they are implemented. Our guests reflect on how the pause given by the pandemic has allowed an opportunity to teach back better and how this can be achieved.
How can we take this moment to be more expansive about how we think about education, teaching and learning? How can we ensure quality across multiple technology platforms that attempt to support at this moment?
For background, we recommend you read the council manifesto on the Bett website here. It covers everything from inclusion to schools as communities and leads with point one that “Global radical transformation in education is possible and it starts with the belief that everyone has the potential to learn.”
Happy listening (and reading)!
P.S. We’d love to share your thoughts. Please do send in your highlights in the comments below or record a quick free voicemail via speakpipe.
Sophie is the founder of the iTunes new and noteworthy, The Edtech Podcast. The mission of The Edtech Podcast is to improve the dialogue between ‘ed’ and ‘tech’ for better innovation, through storytelling. The podcast is downloaded 2000+ times a week, from over 145 countries with the UK, US & Aus in the top 3. Sophie is a mentor and advisor within the edtech community. If she’s not interviewing a University Lecturer, School Leader, Ex-Angry Bird, NGO, or Investor about education innovation, she’s chasing her son around the park or binge-reading Homo Deus.
Jose Papa, Chairman, Bett Global Education Council and Co-founder, Trace Academia | Twitter: @Bett_show
Jose led the acquisition of Educar in 2013 spearheading what is now Bett Brazil the premier education event in Latin America. He was also CEO of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity through its most profound transformation in 65 years resulting in the highest NPS score ever achieved. Additionally, he was in charge of WGSN the world’s top trend forecaster as CEO leading the critical integration with its closest competitor, Stylesight. Presently Jose is Global Chairman of Bett and a co-founder of Trace Academia.
Eric C. Abrams, Chief Inclusion Officer, Stanford University Graduate School of Education | Twitter: @StanfordEd
Born in Berkeley, raised in Oakland and Chicago, Eric Abrams’ career in higher education has included roles in undergraduate admission at USC, Stanford, and Pitzer College, as well as working in the admissions offices of the Stanford MBA program and BerkeleyLaw.
As the first Director of Diversity Initiatives at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, Eric was charged with developing an overarching vision for diversity and inclusion at Haas. Building on his years of experience in admission, he raised awareness of diversity issues, as well as helping the School enroll the most ethnically diverse student body in its history in three consecutive years.
In his current post as Chief Inclusion Officer at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, Eric serves as an internal consultant for faculty, students, and staff colleagues about a number of diversity related issues, including faculty and student recruitment, as well as helping to insure that the School promotes a truly inclusive culture where all can be their full and best selves.
Eric believes that diversity is more than how one looks; it is also about how one thinks. Everyone has the potential to contribute to the intellectual diversity of the enterprise, and some level of cultural dexterity is important for everyone. Recently, he has been called upon to discuss diversity—and the lack thereof—in the tech industry. He has spoken at firms as varied as LinkedIn and Dropbox, Tilt, and Visa, and he has also spoken about the subject during a number of radio and television appearances.
A believer that real men cook, Abrams is an avid barbecue pitmaster, and he is at his best in the kitchen. He is also an avid sports fan (Fear the Tree!), an old-school hip-hop head, and not half as witty as he thinks he is. Eric and his wife Donna live in Oakland. Their son Nick is an EMT in the east bay, and their son Gabe ins a senior at UCSB.
Formerly Chair of the Board of Trustees at Unicef UK, former Chief Executive at Freeview and lead of the BBC’s public education programme about digital technology, Ilse passionately believes in the power of education to transform lives and in 2017 she fulfilled a lifelong ambition to teach, leading A-level World Development at Godalming Sixth Form College.
In her executive career, Ilse was Managing Director of Freeview Play at Digital UK. Prior to this she was Managing Director of Freeview, the UK’s leading digital TV provider, following roles at the BBC where she led the corporation’s digital marketing.
Dr Ger Graus OBE is a renowned figure in the field of education, where, since March 2017, he holds the position of the first Global Director of Education at KidZania.
KidZania, where children aged 4 to14 can experience the world of work through role-play, is designed to inspire and empower: “from inspiration to aspiration”. Since its inception in 1999 in Mexico City, KidZania now has a presence in 24 cities on 5 continents with plans for further developments in some 20 locations including the USA, Canada and South Africa. KidZania London is the UK’s first such educational entertainment centre.
Ger Graus has been at the heart of innovation and project development such as ‘KidZania World Online’, ‘KidZtalk’, ‘KidZania Careers Week’, ‘KidZania LitFests’; education ‘Think-Tanks’, ‘Ambassador Schools’ and independent evaluations by, amongst others the University of Cambridge, Cass Business School, Havas Helia and Ernst & Young. Based on these evaluations’ findings, Ger is now spearheading a ‘Futures Awareness’ campaign to introduce careers education into the primary phase. After all, as he frequently reminds us: “Children can only aspire to what they know exists.” Ger started at KidZania London in 2014, where he has been responsible for developing the UK-wide education strategy, including partnerships with schools, Higher Education, commercial and third sector learning partners.
Paolo Dal Santo is the HP Business Development Manager for Education products and services in Europe, Middle East and Africa. He develops, manages, and evangelizes HP Education products & solutions to public institutions, channel partners, schools and internal stakeholders, being the focal point within HP’s PC Sales and products organization. Paolo started his career in HP Italy in 1998 and worked across functions and product categories in Italy, Germany, France and Switzerland.
- Amanda Brock, CEO, OpenUK | Twitter: @AmandaBrockUK
- Sunhera Cariappa, Esperanza Life edtech accelerator | Website: EdventuresGBA.com
Quotes from this week’s episode
References from this week’s episode
- Jose Papa – LinkedIn
- BETT Show – website
- BETT Show – Twitter
- BETT Global Education Counsel – BETT website
- Manifesto 2020 – BETT website
- Eric C. Abrams – LinkedIn
- Stanford University Graduate School of Education – website
- Stanford University – Twitter
- Ilse Howling – LinkedIn
- Ilse Howling – Twitter
- Educational Development Trust – website
- Educational Development Trust – Twitter
- Paolo Dal Santo – LinkedIn
- Paolo Dal Santo – Twitter
- HP Education – website
- HP – Twitter
- Consenna gearing up for HP for Education programme, article Dec 2019, via MicroScope
- HP Inc. Launches Digital Learning Partnerships to Support Students and Schools Impacted by COVID‐19 – HP website, April 2020
- Ger Graus – Twitter
- Kidzania – website, homepage
- Kidzania – Twitter
- Edelman Trust Barometer Report – website
- Edelman – Twitter
- Microsoft Teams – website
- Zoom – website
- Digital Natives – further information
- Use of radio to talk to students in Rwanda – further information via Educational Trust website
- The World Bank – website
- Silicon Valley – further information
- Boston Consulting Group – website
- HP Life – courses for entrepreneurs – website
- Black Lives Matter Movement – Black Lives Matter website
- George Floyd – further information
- Imogen Heap – Twitter
- Imogen Heap – website
- Imogen Heap Edtech Podcast episode – Edtech Podcast website
- Amanda Brock – Twitter
- OpenUK – Twitter
- Mi Mu Gloves – Twitter
- Open UK Digital Kids Camp – website link to the free August OpenUK Digital Summer Camp & MiniMu gloves giveaway
- Open Source Technology – further information via Open Source
- Micro:bit – BBC website
- Amanda Brock, CEO OpenUK – Open UK website
- Esperanza, Adventures Global Business Acceleration Fellowship – further information
- John Tsang – formal Financial Secretary for Hong Kong Government – further information
Thank you to Bett for supporting the What Matters in Edtech GLOBAL series
Bett is the global meeting place for the education community. A trusted brand with more than 30 years of heritage, the Bett series promotes the discovery of knowledge and technology to enhance lifelong learning. The Bett series attracts over 60,000 educators, leaders and practitioners alongside more than 1,255+ technology providers from around the globe. For more information go to https://www.bettshow.com/bett-global-series
Thanks also to HP for supporting this episode
HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our product and service portfolio of personal systems, printers and 3D printing solutions, we engineer experiences that amaze.
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