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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Leveraging New and Old Technologies into Today’s Education Models

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Session Description

Innovation in education varies from context to context. New iterations of old technologies have emerged in low-resource settings with success. Examples abound: Literacy projects utilizing SMS, USSD and IVR now reach people in inaccessible areas via mobile phones. Assistive technologies now aid disability centers using neuroscience and robotics. Teachers use homework software to eliminate hours of preparation, distribution, grading and administration. Come learn what’s new and what could work in your specific context.

When | Where

11:45 - 13:00 Wednesday, April 15 SBS, Seminar 10

Session leaders

  • Alexandra Berrio Delegate
    Director of Innovation, World Literacy Foundation
    Alexandra is the Director of Innovation for the World Literacy Foundation. She is responsible for designing, coordinating and managing experts, institutions and partnerships for projects using innovation and technology for marginalized populations in low-resource and developing contexts. Previously, she worked with Hispanic populations in numerous cities within the US and Colombia. Her main passion is advancing the lives of populations in disadvantaged contexts by creating new approaches to learning and education. She has experience in project development, strategic planning, marketing, counseling, crisis management, fundraising and grant writing. Other interests include gender issues, particularly in conflict and post-conflict settings. She is finishing her MA in Education, Gender and International Development at UCL-Institute of Education in London, and serves as a ‘Big Ideas’ judge for UC Berkeley in both the 'Mobiles for Reading' and 'IT for Society' categories. For Alexandra, there is no single way to approach a challenge. She believes that only through relevant and progressive education can we pave the way for a mindful society that is both local and global.