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Leveraging Blockchain and Web3 in Education - Part II
Leveraging Blockchain and Web3 in Education - Part II
World Bank Senior Education Specialist Robert Hawkins speaks about leveraging blockchain technologies and Web3 in education with Carissa Carter, Academic Director at the Stanford d.school (https://dschool.stanford.edu), and John Goodwin, former LEGO Foundation CEO, and now Executive Chairman of the Learning Economy Foundation (https://www.learningeconomy.io). This is part two of a two-part conversation.  Our World Bank EdTech team has hosted several Blockchain for Education online workshops. You can watch these workshops at https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTcNIg1jN93FAsHy2Dz2WNTczJ8XIdPTr. Carissa Carter is the Academic Director at the Stanford d.school. In this role she guides the development of the d.school’s pedagogy, leads its instructors, and shapes its class offerings. She teaches courses on the intersection of data and design, design for climate change, design for emerging tech, and maps and the visual sorting of information. John Goodwin, former CEO of LEGO Foundation joined the Learning Economy Foundation (LEF) as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. In his new leadership role, Goodwin will further catalyze LEF’s mission to bring quality skills and equal opportunity to every human on Earth, using open standards and Web3 technologies. Prior to joining LEF, Goodwin spent a decade working in the LEGO ecosystem, first as EVP and CFO of The LEGO Group then later as CEO of LEGO Foundation. In addition to his position at LEF, he will continue in his capacity as Chairman of the i5 Project, an initiative led by the UN Global Compact Principles of Responsible Management in Education (PRME).
26:31
October 07, 2022
Leveraging Blockchain and Web3 in Education - Part I
Leveraging Blockchain and Web3 in Education - Part I
World Bank Senior Education Specialist Robert Hawkins speaks about leveraging blockchain technologies and Web3 in education with Carissa Carter, Academic Director at the Stanford d.school (https://dschool.stanford.edu), and John Goodwin, former LEGO Foundation CEO, and now Executive Chairman of the Learning Economy Foundation (https://www.learningeconomy.io). Our World Bank EdTech team has hosted several Blockchain for Education online workshops. You can watch these workshops at https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTcNIg1jN93FAsHy2Dz2WNTczJ8XIdPTr. Carissa Carter is the Academic Director at the Stanford d.school. In this role she guides the development of the d.school’s pedagogy, leads its instructors, and shapes its class offerings. She teaches courses on the intersection of data and design, design for climate change, design for emerging tech, and maps and the visual sorting of information. John Goodwin, former CEO of LEGO Foundation joined the Learning Economy Foundation (LEF) as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. In his new leadership role, Goodwin will further catalyze LEF’s mission to bring quality skills and equal opportunity to every human on Earth, using open standards and Web3 technologies. Prior to joining LEF, Goodwin spent a decade working in the LEGO ecosystem, first as EVP and CFO of The LEGO Group then later as CEO of LEGO Foundation. In addition to his position at LEF, he will continue in his capacity as Chairman of the i5 Project, an initiative led by the UN Global Compact Principles of Responsible Management in Education (PRME).
27:07
September 21, 2022
Introducing 16 Guides on Key EdTech Topics
Introducing 16 Guides on Key EdTech Topics
Our EdTech team recently published Knowledge Packs (KPs) — short, pragmatic guides on key topics within EdTech, such as digital content, LMS, and devices — and this week, we speak to the team behind this initiative: World Bank Senior Education Specialist Cristobal Cobo and colleagues Analyst Iñaki Sánchez Ciarrusta, Research Analyst Maria Barron Rodriguez, and Consultant Sarah Kleinmann. The KPs were developed as part of the EdTech Toolkit for Remote Learning, which aims to support policymakers and researchers in the planning and medium- to long-term design of multi-faceted remote and hybrid learning strategies in low-resource environments. The KPs have been a multi-year project led by the EdTech team, co-developed by theme experts and peer-reviewed by the World Bank colleagues, experts from partnering organizations, such as the EdTech Hub, and private sector providers with expertise in each topic. The KPs are grouped under six high-level topics to organize our work. Each topic includes its definitions and a few examples of sub-topics with hyperlinks to their corresponding KPs. You can download all KPs here: https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/edutech/brief/edtech-toolkit-for-remote-learning
25:41
August 30, 2022
Exploring How Artificial Intelligence is Assisting Teachers in Creating Effective Classrooms - Part II
Exploring How Artificial Intelligence is Assisting Teachers in Creating Effective Classrooms - Part II
The World Bank EduTech team is partnering with Digital Promise and the Engage AI Institute to host a series of episodes about AI in Education. This week, we're continuing our conversation about how artificial intelligence (AI) is assisting teachers in creating effective classrooms. Digital Promise Senior Researcher in STEM Teaching and Learning Dr. Judi Fusco speaks with Dr. Mmantsetsa Marope, Executive Director of the World Heritage Group, Dr. Kylie Peppler, Professor of Informatics & Education at University of California, Irvine, Sherry Loftin, Instructional Technology Trainer with the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Initiative, and Sarah Hampton, a middle and high school math and science teacher for 15 years. In this episode, we explore how AI systems can assist teachers in the classroom, what AI systems mean for teachers, and how an AI system might help us create new methods for assessment and help us assess competencies that are difficult to assess. AI and the Future of Teaching and Learning: Defining Artificial Intelligence https://medium.com/ai-and-the-future-of-teaching-and-learning/ai-and-the-future-of-teaching-and-learning-defining-artificial-intelligence-f31d20628280 AI and the Future of Teaching and Learning: New Interactions, New Choices https://medium.com/ai-and-the-future-of-teaching-and-learning/ai-and-the-future-of-teaching-and-learning-new-interactions-new-choices-c726bcf03012 Safe AI in Education Needs You https://cacm.acm.org/blogs/blog-cacm/256657-safe-ai-in-education-needs-you/fulltext AI or Intelligence Augmentation for Education? https://cacm.acm.org/blogs/blog-cacm/251188-ai-or-intelligence-augmentation-for-education/fulltext Join the Discussion http://aiengage.org/get-involved
35:30
August 22, 2022
Exploring How Artificial Intelligence is Assisting Teachers in Creating Effective Classrooms - Part I
Exploring How Artificial Intelligence is Assisting Teachers in Creating Effective Classrooms - Part I
The World Bank EduTech team is partnering with Digital Promise and the Engage AI Institute to host a series of episodes about AI in Education. This week, we're exploring how artificial intelligence (AI) is assisting teachers in creating effective classrooms. Digital Promise Senior Researcher in STEM Teaching and Learning Dr. Judi Fusco speaks with Dr. Mmantsetsa Marope, Executive Director of the World Heritage Group, Dr. Kylie Peppler, Professor of Informatics & Education at University of California, Irvine, Sherry Loftin, Instructional Technology Trainer with the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Initiative, and Sarah Hampton, a middle and high school math and science teacher for 15 years. In this episode, we explore how AI systems can assist teachers in the classroom, what AI systems mean for teachers, and how an AI system might help us create new methods for assessment and help us assess competencies that are difficult to assess.  AI and the Future of Teaching and Learning: Defining Artificial Intelligence https://medium.com/ai-and-the-future-of-teaching-and-learning/ai-and-the-future-of-teaching-and-learning-defining-artificial-intelligence-f31d20628280  AI and the Future of Teaching and Learning: New Interactions, New Choices https://medium.com/ai-and-the-future-of-teaching-and-learning/ai-and-the-future-of-teaching-and-learning-new-interactions-new-choices-c726bcf03012  Safe AI in Education Needs You https://cacm.acm.org/blogs/blog-cacm/256657-safe-ai-in-education-needs-you/fulltext  AI or Intelligence Augmentation for Education?  https://cacm.acm.org/blogs/blog-cacm/251188-ai-or-intelligence-augmentation-for-education/fulltext  Join the Discussion  http://aiengage.org/get-involved
23:47
August 12, 2022
Implementing Adaptive Learning Programs: Lessons from Whizz Education and Educational Initiatives - Part II
Implementing Adaptive Learning Programs: Lessons from Whizz Education and Educational Initiatives - Part II
Today, we're continuing our conversation about adaptive, personalized learning. On our last episode, Juan Baron, senior economist in the World Bank's Education Global Practice, began a conversation with two guests who are running companies focused on adaptive, personalized learning. On this episode, we discuss how to bring policymakers on board and, once we have the technology and the political will, how to implement adaptive learning programs. Juan Baron, Senior Economist in the World Bank's education global practice works on analytical and operational activities in South Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean. Today, he's speaking with two guests who are running companies focused on adaptive learning. Richard Marett is co-founder and CEO of Whizz Education (https://www.whizzeducation.com), a learning outcome company that's developed, adapted, and learned over many years to improve learning outcomes at scale. Pranav Kothari is CEO of Educational Initiatives (https://www.ei-india.com), the organization that made MindSpark (https://www.mindspark.org), which is an adaptive learning software for students in schools, grades 1-10 to help them learn language, math, and science. Today, we're going to talk about what is adaptive learning and how can it help students leap forward in their learning. This episode is part two of a two-part conversation.
20:06
June 14, 2022
Implementing Adaptive Learning Programs: Lessons from Whizz Education and Educational Initiatives - Part I
Implementing Adaptive Learning Programs: Lessons from Whizz Education and Educational Initiatives - Part I
Today, we're speaking about adaptive, personalized learning. This is data-driven learning that potentially moves beyond a predetermined decision tree and uses machine learning to adapt to students' behaviors and competencies. We'll talk about the implementation, the design, the cost, and other specs of running adaptive learning programs in developing countries. Juan Baron, Senior Economist in the World Bank's education global practice works on analytical and operational activities in South Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean. Today, he's speaking with two guests who are running companies focused on adaptive learning. Today, he's speaking with two guests who are running companies focused on adaptive learning. Richard Marett is co-founder and CEO of Whizz Education (https://www.whizzeducation.com), a learning outcome company that's developed, adapted, and learned over many years to improve learning outcomes at scale. Pranav Kothari is CEO of Educational Initiatives (https://www.ei-india.com), the organization that made MindSpark (https://www.mindspark.org), which is an adaptive learning software for students in schools, grades 1-10 to help them learn language, math, and science. Today, we're going to talk about what is adaptive learning and how can it help students leap forward in their learning. This episode is part one of a two-part conversation.
30:57
May 31, 2022
Speaking with African Women in EdTech: Lessons from Clara Njeru and Esther Nyauncho
Speaking with African Women in EdTech: Lessons from Clara Njeru and Esther Nyauncho
This week, World Bank Education Specialist Ekua Bentil speaks with Clara Njeru and Esther Nyauncho in Nairobi about their experiences as women in edtech in Africa. Clara and Esther are both part of the World Bank's African Women in EdTech (AWE) project to contribute broadly to women’s leadership initiatives in EdTech in Africa, as well as to build an inclusive pipeline of diverse talent for EdTech jobs and research and ensure more women have the skills and networks needed to access and advance in these career opportunities. AWE is implemented in partnership with Women’s Alliance for Knowledge Exchange (WAKE). In this conversation, Ekua, Clara, and Esther explore the multiple layers of challenges that women face working in the male-dominated field of tech and also as innovators seeking financing in an angel investing landscape where funding largely goes to male founders. Clara is developing edtech products and content with learning design firm Education Design Unlimited: KPlay, learning-at-home solutions for caregivers with low tech devices, and SheLearns, a learning platform for refugee girls and women commissioned by RefuSHE. Esther is the co-founder and managing director of Tustawi, an e-learning provider that curates and customizes adult learning solutions for organizations and individuals. 
40:03
May 17, 2022
Enabling New Forms of Student Learning through Artificial Intelligence
Enabling New Forms of Student Learning through Artificial Intelligence
The World Bank EduTech team is partnering with Digital Promise and AIEngage.org to host a series of episodes about AI in Education. This week, we're exploring how artificial intelligence (AI) is enabling new forms of student learning. World Bank Senior Education and Technology Specialist Cristobal Cobo and Digital Promise Executive Director Jeremy Roschelle speak with Professor James Lester, Distinguished University Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Center for Educational Informatics at North Carolina State University, and Ana Paiva, Full Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IST (“Instituto Superior Técnico”) from the University of Lisbon and coordinator of GAIPS – “Intelligent and Social Agents Group” at INESC-ID, now named “Research Group on AI for People and the Society”. In this episode, we explore the relationship between AI and education. Our guests share current applications of these technologies in education and where there is room for adaptation. With some of the major challenges and issues related to AI and education in mind, we discuss how education systems can be prepared to effectively integrate AI to support education and what countries should be doing to be ready. AI and the Future of Teaching and Learning: Defining Artificial Intelligence:  https://medium.com/ai-and-the-future-of-teaching-and-learning/ai-and-the-future-of-teaching-and-learning-defining-artificial-intelligence-f31d20628280 AI and the Future of Teaching and Learning: New Interactions, New Choices: https://medium.com/ai-and-the-future-of-teaching-and-learning/ai-and-the-future-of-teaching-and-learning-new-interactions-new-choices-c726bcf03012 Safe AI in Education Needs You: https://cacm.acm.org/blogs/blog-cacm/256657-safe-ai-in-education-needs-you/fulltext AI or Intelligence Augmentation for Education? https://cacm.acm.org/blogs/blog-cacm/251188-ai-or-intelligence-augmentation-for-education/fulltext
41:00
April 26, 2022
Translating Early Grade Reading Resources and Games into Ukrainian: Lessons from the Global Digital Library Translate-A-Story Campaign
Translating Early Grade Reading Resources and Games into Ukrainian: Lessons from the Global Digital Library Translate-A-Story Campaign
This week, World Bank Senior Education & Technology Policy Specialist and Global Lead for Technology and Innovation in Education Robert Hawkins speaks with the Global Digital Library (https://digitallibrary.io) about their joint crowdsourcing campaign with UNESCO and UNHCR (https://digitallibrary.io/ukraine) to translate early grade reading resources and games into Ukrainian. The campaign is currently recruiting translators and proofreaders to translate 200-300 books and games from the Global Digital Library to create new resources in a language that needs resources urgently. The resources that are translated will be available both in the Global Digital Library and on the Kolibri platform. Robert Hawkins speaks with Global Digital Library CTO Christer Gundersen and Curious Learning Co-founder Tinsley Galyean. Christer will explain how the Global Digital Library works, the goals of this campaign, and how its methodology combines crowdsourcing and quality assurance. He will also speak about how the outputs of the campaign can be shared across multiple platforms. GDL partner Curious Learning (https://www.curiouslearning.org) has been leading the work of translating the literacy game Feed The Monster, that just a few days ago was published in Ukrainian. Curious Learning Co-founder Tinsley Galyean will share their experience translating this game into more than 50 languages.
51:31
March 30, 2022
Creando la Próxima Generación de Materiales Educativos: Aprendizajes del proyecto Evoke en Colombia y Honduras, y de la iniciativa “Letras y Fútbol” de la Fundación Athletic Club (Español)
Creando la Próxima Generación de Materiales Educativos: Aprendizajes del proyecto Evoke en Colombia y Honduras, y de la iniciativa “Letras y Fútbol” de la Fundación Athletic Club (Español)
Esa semana, Iñaki Sánchez Ciarrusta habla con Santiago García, socio fundador de Qüid Lab en Colombia, a Wilmer Gallardo, especialista de innovación de World Vision en Honduras, y Galder Reguera, jefe de proyecto de la Fundación Athletic Club en Bilbao, sobre la importancia de crear contenido educativo relevante, motivador y atractivo para conectar con las y los jóvenes e inspirarlos. Durante la conversación, ahondarán en las lecciones aprendidas de Evoke, una experiencia educativa que utiliza elementos como las novelas gráficas y otras mecánicas de juego para involucrar a los jóvenes en la resolución de los grandes desafíos globales y desarrollar sus habilidades del siglo XXI. En este episodio, Iñaki hablará con Santiago y Wilmer sobre el proceso que el Banco Mundial comenzó a desarrollar en Colombia y Honduras para crear contenido basado en la narración de historias, y Galder compartirá la experiencia de “Letras y Fútbol”, organizada por la Fundación Athletic desde Bilbao, íntimamente ligada al poder de la narración de historias y la motivación de los jóvenes. Para más información sobre Evoke: https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/edutech/brief/evoke-an-online-alternate-reality-game-supporting-social-innovation-among-young-people-around-the-world Para conocer más sobre el proceso de la creación de historias: https://csi.asu.edu/category/projects/evoke/ Para saber más de Letras y Fútbol de la Fundación Athletic Club: https://athleticclubfundazioa.eus/proyectos-culturales/letras-y-futbol/
44:02
March 23, 2022
Creating the Next Generation of Educational Learning Material: Lessons from the Evoke Storytelling Initiative
Creating the Next Generation of Educational Learning Material: Lessons from the Evoke Storytelling Initiative
This week, Robert Hawkins (World Bank) speaks with Ruth Wylie (Assistant Director from the ASU Center for Science and the Imagination), Janhvi Kanoria (Director of Innovation Development from Education Above All), and Colin Maclay (Executive Director of the USC Annenberg School Innovation Lab) about the Evoke storytelling initiative. The Evoke storytelling initiative aims to create a network of international creative talent -- storytellers, writers, artists, filmmakers, game designers, and digital education content specialists -- who will create the next generation of educational learning material. The network pairs industry leaders with youth and teachers from education institutions globally to create educational narratives to inspire learning and action on global grand challenges.
40:02
February 09, 2022
Implementing EdTech Initiatives during the Emergency and Recovery Phases of COVID: Lessons from South Asia and Latin America
Implementing EdTech Initiatives during the Emergency and Recovery Phases of COVID: Lessons from South Asia and Latin America
This week, Robert Hawkins speaks with Omar Arias, Emanuela Di Gropello, and Cristian Aedo about some of the major edtech initiatives implemented in South Asia and Latin America during the emergency phase and now in the recovery phase of COVID. Robert Hawkins is the World Bank's Senior Education & Technology Policy Specialist and Global Lead for Technology and Innovation in Education, working on issues at the intersection of technology use and education in middle- and low-income countries and emerging markets around the world. At a practical level, Bob provides advice and technical assistance to governments seeking innovative ways to improve teaching and learning in the classroom and strategic advice on improvement of education systems and management. Omar Arias is Manager of Global Engagement and Knowledge in the Education Global Practice. Previously, he was the Practice Lead Economist of the Social Protection and Labor Global Practice and Global Lead for skills at the World Bank. He was also the acting Sector Manager and Lead Economist in the Human Development Economics Unit for the World Bank Europe and Central Asia region; the sector leader of Human Development for Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela; a senior economist in the Poverty and Gender Group of the Latin American region; and a research economist at the Inter-American Development Bank. Emanuela Di Gropello is currently the Practice Leader for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean. Previously, she was Manager for IEGHC Human Development & Corporate Evaluations and Program Leader for Human Development in the Cameroon/Gabon/Angola/Equatorial Guinea/Sao Tome & Principe CMU and Mali/Niger/Chad/Guinea CMU of the Africa Region. She was also successively Economist, Senior Economist, and Lead Economist in Human Development Departments in the Latin America & Caribbean and the East Asia and Regions. Cristian Aedo is Practice Manager for the South Asia Region Education Global Practice. He has led investment loans and development policy lending for strengthening human development outcomes through better accountability and relevant skills. He has managed education projects, programs and studies and in the Latin America and the Caribbean and Europe and Central Asia Regions. Cristian has also authored studies on Skills and Country Skills Patterns.
45:03
February 03, 2022
Lessons for 2022
Lessons for 2022
Today, we invite you to join us for a special episode where we revisit some of our favorite moments from 2021 - conversations about blockchain, early grade reading and book distribution, the edtech ecosystem, an adaptive learning effectiveness study, and digital infrastructure - moments that are inspiring our upcoming episodes in 2022.
30:35
January 26, 2022
Supporting Second Chance Education and Reaching Students at Risk of Dropout through Open Schools
Supporting Second Chance Education and Reaching Students at Risk of Dropout through Open Schools
Today, we are focusing on Open Schools, an intervention that shows promise to support second chance education and reach students at risk to dropout. The pandemic highlighted the focus back on online learning, which was the preferred method of remote learning among high income countries but was also offered as part of multichannel strategies by middle- and low-income countries. However, online learning, a component of the idea of virtual schools, has been used across many countries, such as Namibia, Botswana, and the United States before the pandemic To tell us more about this initiative, we are delighted to have with us Himdat Bayusuf, Tony Mays, and Alex Twinomugisha, in conversation with Maria Barron. Himdat Bayusuf is an Education Specialist at the World Bank, focusing on higher education and skills development in the Western and Central Africa region. Tony Mays is Education Specialist in Open Schooling at the Commonwealth of Learning. Alex Twinomugisha is a Senior Education Technology Specialist in the World Bank working on technology in education issues. Maria Barron Rodriguez is a Research Analyst at the World Bank Group's Global Education Practice, where she is a member of the EdTech global team.
47:07
December 16, 2021
Expanding Edtech Investment Globally: a Conversation with Lumos Capital Group and WISE
Expanding Edtech Investment Globally: a Conversation with Lumos Capital Group and WISE
The World Bank funds education projects – about 80% of which now have an edtech component – in low and middle income countries. Many of the Ministries of Education in these countries have a growing recognition of the importance of building education ecosystems that try to encourage private sector innovation and entrepreneurs in edtech. Today, our World Bank EdTech team, Robert Hawkins and Dean Kline, is speaking with Victor Hu of Lumos Capital Group (https://www.lumoscapitalgroup.com) and Stavros Yiannouka of WISE (https://www.wise-qatar.org) about the state of the edtech investment environment globally. They speak about the prospects for edtech investment in low- and middle-income markets. WISE and the World Bank are leading a new Community of Practice starting with 20 EdTech Innovation Hubs from around the world and today they discuss how this Community might be of help to bring quality edtech to emerging markets and address the needs of underserved learners.  For reference, we generally define an EdTech Ecosystem as a network of actors (public, private, forprofit, non-profit) that come together to maximize the impact of technology for quality education.
37:31
December 07, 2021
Expanding Opportunities to Read@Home
Expanding Opportunities to Read@Home
Opportunities to read and learn at home are critical to improving children’s learning outcomes, but too many young children are growing up without books and opportunities to read at home. Expanding opportunities to Read@Home is essential during this crisis, but is a smart investment at any time. Today, World Bank EdTech team member Maria Barron speaks with World Bank Read@Home team members Penelope Bender and Jennie Albone about the importance of children having access to physical books and learning materials and how this complements remote learning and EdTech approaches which are being rolled out by governments. In particular, they speak about how Read@Home is deploying technology to test and scale ‘track and trace’ systems to enable efficient book procurement and how Read@Home is contributing to open-source digital libraries to ensure suitable books are available in languages children understand. Learn more about Read@Home at https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/education/brief/read-at-home. Related Reading Recommendation: Raising Kids Who Read: What Parents and Teachers Can Do: 9781118769720: Willingham, Daniel T.: Books Recommended Reading from our Guests: Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fd-Me3EBGYY&t=221s) The High House by Jessie Greengrass (goodreads.com)
37:33
November 22, 2021
Understanding the Effectiveness of Remote and Remedial Learning Programs: Two New Reports
Understanding the Effectiveness of Remote and Remedial Learning Programs: Two New Reports
Today, World Bank Senior Education and Technology Specialist Cristobal Cobo is speaking with Maryam Akmal (Young Professional, Education Global Practice) and Alberto Munoz Najar (Consultant, Education Global Practice) about twin reports developed by the World Bank: “Remote Learning During the Global School Lockdown: Multi-Country Lessons” (https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/36141) and “Lessons From Remote Learning During COVID-19: Principles for today and tomorrow" (forthcoming). These reports were developed at different times during the pandemic and offer a complementary perspective of a complex and still evolving phenomena. The first one follows a qualitative research approach with the motivation to understand the perceptions of education experts regarding the effectiveness of remote and remedial learning programs implemented across 17 countries. The second one uses mixed-methods to analyze how countries implemented different remote learning strategies, whether or not these strategies were taken-up and assesses what available evidence suggests about the effectiveness of remote learning during COVID-19. These reports were developed between April 2020 and October 2021.
29:39
November 10, 2021
Building EdTech Innovation Hubs: a conversation with Finland's Helsinki Education Hub and Turkey's EdTech Innovation Hub ETKİM
Building EdTech Innovation Hubs: a conversation with Finland's Helsinki Education Hub and Turkey's EdTech Innovation Hub ETKİM
Today, our EdTech team members Robert Hawkins and Dean Kline are speaking with Finland's Helsinki Education Hub and Turkey's EdTech Innovation Hub ETKİM about building edtech innovation hubs and the World Bank's newly created EdTech Innovation Hub Community of Practice. Mia-Stiina Heikkala, Lead Advisor, EdTech Start-Ups & Project Lead for Helsinki Education Hub, joins us to speak about the Helsinki Education Hub and how it brings education and the learning ecosystem actors together in Finland and globally. Finland has been at the forefront for many years and this initiative aims is to improve education and learning start ups' product development, innovations, and productivity to generate and implement new innovations. https://www.hel.fi/uutiset/en/kaupunginkanslia/the-new-helsinki-education-hub-turns-learning-and-education-ideas-into-innovations?pd=v Mustafa Hakan Bucuk joins us from Turkey's Ministry of Education to speak about Turkey's EdTech Incubation and Innovation Hub-ETKİM and its importance as part of the Safe Schooling and Distance Education project being implemented by Turkey's Ministry of National Education and the World Bank. The EdTech Innovation Hub, as a part of ETKİM, will be the main center of innovation, collaboration, clustering, research, development, and networking endeavors for the EdTech sector and all stakeholders to support content development, training, and blended digital classroom. https://yegitek.meb.gov.tr/meb_iys_dosyalar/2021_04/01104348_SSDEP_Feasibility_Study_TermsofReference.pdf
42:34
September 21, 2021
Reimagining Education: a conversation with UNICEF and EdTech Hub about Technology’s Role in Addressing Education Challenges
Reimagining Education: a conversation with UNICEF and EdTech Hub about Technology’s Role in Addressing Education Challenges
On July 21, the World Bank, UNICEF, and EdTech Hub co-hosted a side event of the Global Education Summit: Financing GPE 2021-2025. The event featured an overview of the Reimagine Education: Digital Tools for Learning for Every Child Everywhere partnership, including UNICEF and World Bank joint ambitions to reach children with high-quality digital learning. It also included government perspectives on national EdTech priorities, and partner reflections. Vicky Collis, EdTech Hub Interim Managing Director, moderated the event, which featured the following speakers: ·  Robert Jenkins, Global Director of Education for UNICEF ·  Jaime Saavedra, Global Director of Education at the World Bank ·  Emmanuel Allie, GPE Coordinator at the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education, Sierra Leone ·  Prof. Carolyne Nombo, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Tanzania ·  Chris McBurnie, Country Lead for Sierra Leone, EdTech Hub ·  Martin Seychell, Deputy Director General, Directorate-General for International Partnerships, European Commission ·  Paula Malan, Senior Education Adviser, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Finland
48:41
September 16, 2021
Adapting Assessments to the Remote Education Setting
Adapting Assessments to the Remote Education Setting
We are facing challenging times. The pandemic has not only disrupted education globally, but has also exacerbated preexisting inequalities. On the other hand, COVID has also been time for experimentation and innovation. Today, our World Bank EdTech team member Senior Education Technology Specialist Cristobal Cobo is speaking with World Bank colleagues Senior Education Specialist Karthika Radhakrishnan-Nair, Education Specialist Diego Armando Luna Bazaldua, and Consultant Aishwarya Khurana about assessments, how assessments have been adapted to the remote education settings, and lessons can we learn from these experiences for education after the pandemic. During the episode, our guests recommend reading materials on the topic: Remote Learning : Evidence from Nepal during COVID-19: https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/36031 Practical lessons for phone-based assessments of learning https://gh.bmj.com/content/bmjgh/5/7/e003030.full.pdf Assessing outside of the “classroom box” while schools are closed: The potential of phone-based formative assessments to support learning continuity https://blogs.worldbank.org/education/assessing-outside-classroom-box-while-schools-are-closed-potential-phone-based-formative Guide on how to create learning content in 160 characters (SMS): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KAPEfOLASE6qxwsIL-7oTlpL7mTv0J6Q/view
29:58
August 17, 2021
Developing a COVID-19 Global Education Recovery Tracker
Developing a COVID-19 Global Education Recovery Tracker
The World Bank Education COVID-19 Response Team has been monitoring the status of a school closures and remote learning modalities since the beginning of the pandemic and joined forces with Johns Hopkins University and UNICEF to launch a COVID-19 Global Education Recovery Tracker in March of this year. The purpose of the tracker is to capture ongoing information about the global status of schools, teachers, and students amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This information is intended to be of use for education and public health policy stakeholders and researchers from around the world. In this second year of the pandemic, and as many countries are starting to move from emergency responses towards policies aimed for recovery, the tracker aims to support this process by focusing on data that can help build back better and more resilient education systems. Learn more about the tracker at https://www.covideducationrecovery.global. Today, World Bank EdTech team member Maria Barron speaks with World Bank Senior Operations Officer Kaliope Azzi-Huck and World Bank Senior Education Specialist Tigran Shmis who lead this effort alongside their colleagues Melissa Adelman, Joao Pedro Azevedo, and Maria Barron.
37:19
August 13, 2021
Understanding the Perceived Effectiveness of Remote Learning Solutions: Lessons from 18 Countries
Understanding the Perceived Effectiveness of Remote Learning Solutions: Lessons from 18 Countries
Our World Bank EdTech team has been actively working with Ministries of Education and multilateral organizations to provide guidance and technical assistance to maximize countries’ effectiveness in the design and execution of remote learning strategies. Between May and November 2020, we conducted an exploratory study to understand the perceived effectiveness of remote learning solutions implemented across five countries: Brazil, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Peru. Then, building on key lessons learned, we identified global trends in remote learning implemented during school closures and the actions governments are taking to get ready for remedial learning in 13 countries: Afghanistan, Cambodia, Cameroon, Haiti, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, Rwanda, Estonia, and Uruguay. We wrote a series of blog posts about key lessons learned from these experiences (available in English, Spanish and French): Remote learning during COVID-19 pandemic: How countries have faced the challenge of implementing multichannel education delivery strategies. https://blogs.worldbank.org/education/remote-learning-during-covid-19-pandemic-how-countries-have-faced-challenge-implementing The changing role of teachers and technologies amidst the COVID 19 pandemic: key findings from a cross-country study. https://blogs.worldbank.org/education/changing-role-teachers-and-technologies-amidst-covid-19-pandemic-key-findings-cross What is Hybrid Learning? How can countries get it right? https://blogs.worldbank.org/education/what-hybrid-learning-how-can-countries-get-it-right Today, we are speaking with EdTech team members about the study: Senior Education Specialist Cristobal Cobo, Research Analyst Maria Barron, Analyst Inaki Sanchez, and Consultant Alberto Munoz Najar.
39:24
July 12, 2021
Mitigating Learning Losses and Accelerating Learning through Adaptive Learning: lessons from Ecuador and the Dominican Republic
Mitigating Learning Losses and Accelerating Learning through Adaptive Learning: lessons from Ecuador and the Dominican Republic
At the beginning of 2021, the World Bank EdTech Team identified as one of the main topics of interest for Ministries of Education worldwide the need to mitigate learning losses caused by the ongoing pandemic and the use of technology as a pathway to accelerate learning. One technology that has been a focus for these remedial actions is Adaptive Learning, also called Personalized Adaptive Learning (PAL). Today's episode focuses on adaptive learning and its application in countries such as Dominican Republic and Ecuador. World Bank Research Analyst Maria Barron (https://blogs.worldbank.org/team/maria-barron) speaks with World Bank Senior Education Specialist Cristobal Cobo (https://blogs.worldbank.org/team/cristobal-cobo) about the promise of adaptive learning, World Bank Senior Economist Diego Angel-Urdinola (https://blogs.worldbank.org/team/diego-angel-urdinola) about lessons in adaptive learning from Ecuador, World Bank Economist Juan Baron (https://blogs.worldbank.org/team/juan-baron) about lessons in adaptive learning from the Dominican Republic. Related blog posts: https://blogs.worldbank.org/education/use-adaptive-computer-assisted-remediation-programs-prevent-student-dropout-context-covid https://blogs.worldbank.org/education/adaptive-technology-help-improve-math-learning-dominican-republic https://blogs.worldbank.org/education/considering-adaptive-learning-system-roadmap-policymakers
48:37
June 08, 2021
Exploring the Potential of Digital Infrastructure in Education
Exploring the Potential of Digital Infrastructure in Education
Today, World Bank Senior Education Technology Specialist Alex Twinomugisha is speaking with Agatha Gikunda, Robert Fogel, and Frederico Carvalho about digital infrastructure in education - how people think about infrastructure like education management information systems, cloud, and devices, common mistakes, and questions people don't ask.
39:55
May 25, 2021
Leveraging Blockchain in Education: the Africa Centers of Excellence Project
Leveraging Blockchain in Education: the Africa Centers of Excellence Project
World Bank Education Specialist Ekua Bentil speaks about leveraging blockchain in education, specifically within the Africa Centers of Excellence Project, with project partners Yaz El Hakim (VerifyEd), Saleh Iliyasu Maitala (IBM), and Jerry Kponyo (KNUST). The Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence (ACE) Project is a World Bank initiative in collaboration with governments of participating countries to support Higher Education institutions in specializing in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Environment, Agriculture, applied Social Science / Education and Health. It is the first World Bank project aimed at the capacity building of higher education institutions in Africa. Learn more at https://ace.aau.org.
43:47
April 23, 2021
Our World Bank EdTech Strategy (Spanish)
Our World Bank EdTech Strategy (Spanish)
The World Bank EdTech team recently released a paper about its edtech strategy - 5 key principles that it follows to support countries to effectively use edtech to improve the access to and quality of education globally. Today, we are speaking with the EdTech team about this strategy in Spanish. This is our first podcast in Spanish. You can download the strategy paper (Spanish version) at https://documents.worldbank.org/en/publication/documents-reports/documentdetail/817181617183053785/reimagining-human-connections-technology-and-innovation-in-education-at-the-world-bank.
42:03
March 25, 2021
Monitoring Countries' Readiness to Support Education with Digital Technologies: a Conversation with Imaginable Futures
Monitoring Countries' Readiness to Support Education with Digital Technologies: a Conversation with Imaginable Futures
The Global Education Policy Dashboard (GEPD), funded by a partnership between the World Bank, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, U.K.’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and government of Japan, provides policymakers with a system for measuring the drivers of learning outcomes in basic education around the world. As part of this initiative, the Edtech Readiness Index aims to help countries assess the readiness of their ecosystems in leveraging 'edtech' to promote learning for all. The Index not only includes device availability or connectivity but also institutional capacities, school management, educational resources, quality of the learning experience, and development of digital competencies which constitute an ‘ecosystem’ essential for an effective ‘edtech’ implementation. Imaginable Futures supports the EdTech Readiness Index and today Cristobal Cobo, Senior Education Technology Specialist at the World Bank, is speaking with Amy Klement, Managing Partner of Imaginable Futures, and Sergio Venegas Marin, Young Professional at the World Bank Global Education Practice, about monitoring countries' readiness to support education with digital technologies and the EdTech Readiness Index. Learn more: Scaling Access & Impact Report: Realizing the Power of Edtech: https://www.imaginablefutures.com/learnings/scaling-access-impact-realizing-power-edtech Learning to Overcome podcast: https://www.imaginablefutures.com/learnings/learning-to-overcome Amy Klement is the managing partner and a board member of Imaginable Futures. She leads Imaginable Future’s team and strategy and is responsible to the board for running the organization. Previous to spinning out into Imaginable Futures, Amy was a partner at Omidyar Network and led the Education initiative since 2013. Prior to this role, she was responsible for Omidyar Network’s work in Financial Inclusion, Property Rights and Consumer Internet & Mobile initiatives in key geographies. She has held board seats or observer roles with Teach For All, Andela, NewGlobe, Imagine Worldwide, Kiva, Living Goods, Social Finance US, Mimoni and Off Grid Electric. Prior to Omidyar Network, Amy worked for eBay where she served as vice president of product strategy and operations driving the development of the company’s long-term product vision and leading user experience and design and as well as vice president of relationship marketing, leading email, on-site and other retention marketing channels. Amy formerly worked for PayPal, joining as one of its earliest employees in 1999. As vice president of product, she and her team developed the company's payments platform, facilitated overseas expansion into Europe and Asia, and was instrumental in the launch of PayPal Mobile. Earlier, Amy worked in corporate strategy and development at Gap Inc., and as an analyst at JPMorgan. Amy received her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Bucknell University, where she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Amy is a proud mom of two miracles and wife of another.
35:18
March 18, 2021
Supporting Teachers in the Age of the Pandemic: a conversation with 2020 Global Teacher Prize winner, Ranjit Disale
Supporting Teachers in the Age of the Pandemic: a conversation with 2020 Global Teacher Prize winner, Ranjit Disale
In 2020, Ranjit Disale won the Global Teacher Prize, a US $1 million award presented annually to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to their profession. On today's episode, Ezequiel Molina, Senior Economist in the Global Knowledge and Innovation Unit at the World Bank Education Global Practice, and Adelle Pushparatnam, Education Specialist in the Global Knowledge and Innovation unit of the World Bank Education Global Practice, speak with Ranjit about his journey as a teacher and his vision for teachers in the future. Join us on March 23 to continue the conversation. As part of the The World Bank Global Platform for Successful Teachers panel, Ranjit will speak with Jaime Saavedra, Global Director of Education at the World Bank, about how we can support teachers in the age of the pandemic. Register to join us for the virtual event.
33:11
March 16, 2021
Our World Bank EdTech Strategy: Part II
Our World Bank EdTech Strategy: Part II
The World Bank EdTech team recently released a paper about its edtech strategy, "Reimagining Human Connections: Technology and Innovation in Education at the World Bank" - 5 key principles that it follows to support countries to effectively use edtech to improve the access to and quality of education globally. On last week's episode, we spoke with the EdTech team about this strategy and discussed the first three principles that animate the World Bank’s edtech work with ministries of education around the world. This week, in Part II, we examine the final two principles with the Robert Hawkins, Cristobal Cobo, Alex Twinomugisha, Mike Trucano, and Inaki Sanchez, moderated by Hallie Applebaum. You can download the strategy paper at http://documents1.worldbank.org/curated/en/829491606860379513/pdf/Reimagining-Human-Connections-Technology-and-Innovation-in-Education-at-the-World-Bank.pdf
33:05
March 11, 2021
Our World Bank EdTech Strategy: Part I
Our World Bank EdTech Strategy: Part I
The World Bank EdTech team recently released a paper about its edtech strategy - 5 key principles that it follows to support countries to effectively use edtech to improve the access to and quality of education globally. Today, we are speaking with the EdTech team about this strategy. You can download the strategy paper at http://documents1.worldbank.org/curated/en/829491606860379513/pdf/Reimagining-Human-Connections-Technology-and-Innovation-in-Education-at-the-World-Bank.pdf This is part 1 of a two-part conversation with the Robert Hawkins, Cristobal Cobo, Alex Twinomugisha, Mike Trucano, and Inaki Sanchez, moderated by Hallie Applebaum.
35:48
March 01, 2021
Selecting, Evaluating, and Adapting Open Learning Management Systems: the case of ProFuturo
Selecting, Evaluating, and Adapting Open Learning Management Systems: the case of ProFuturo
Many countries face several challenges when trying to select, design, adapt, and customize a learning management system (LMS) that meets the particular needs of their education system: finding a scalable, flexible and robust platform; ensuring the interoperability and integration with existing solutions; planning the sustainability over time, and facilitating local ownership are just some of them.  Today, you're listening to a conversation with the ProFuturo (https://profuturo.education/en) team (a digital educational program launched by Telefónica Foundation and "la Caixa" Foundation, present in 40 countries) about ProFuturo’s journey and how it mirrors what ministries of education are doing in terms of developing a learning management system for remote and blended learning. Robert Hawkins, Global Lead for Technology and Innovation in Education at the World Bank, and Inaki Sanchez, Analyst with the World Bank Global Edtech team, speak with Ana Delgado, Head of Product Marketing at ProFuturo Foundation, and Álvaro Ros Penche, Senior Expert in Global Partnerships and Institutional Relations at ProFuturo Foundation. On February 18, the World Bank and ProFuturo hosted a webinar about open learning management systems. You can watch the recorded webinar here: https://1930181.mediaspace.kaltura.com/media/Webinar-%20Selecting%2C%20evaluating%20and%20adapting%20open%20Learning%20Management%20Systems%20the%20case%20of%20ProFuturo-Feb%2018%2C%202021/1_bwvl29hr.
38:11
February 22, 2021
Leveraging Educational Radio for Continued Teaching and Learning during COVID-19: a Conversation with Sierra Leone Teaching Service Commission
Leveraging Educational Radio for Continued Teaching and Learning during COVID-19: a Conversation with Sierra Leone Teaching Service Commission
Today, you're listening to a conversation between Dr. Staneala Beckley, Chair of the Sierra Leone Teaching Service Commission and World Bank Education Specialist Himdat Bayusuf with today's host, World Bank EdTech Consultant Sharon Zacharia. They discuss how educational radio has been used in Sierra Leone to support continuity of teaching and learning, during COVID-19 and lessons leveraged from the use of educational radio during the 2014 Ebola pandemic. The Teaching Service Commission, a part of the Sierra Leone Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MBSSE), led the work on educational radio in Sierra Leone during COVID-19. Our World Bank EdTech team is speaking with educators globally to learn how they're innovating during COVID-19. We're drawing lessons for how we can continue learning during the pandemic and accelerate learning and build back better after the pandemic. Today's episode is produced through the support of the Global Partnership for Education’s grant to support continuity of learning during the pandemic. Further suggested reading: - [Knowledge Pack Slide Deck] "Education Radio as a Remote Learning Tool: Knowledge Pack" (August, 2020) http://pubdocs.worldbank.org/en/351561596545287034/EduRadio-KnowledgePack-WorldBank - [Blog] "Education TV during COVID-19: How to start & What to consider" (April, 2020) https://blogs.worldbank.org/education/educational-television-during-covid-19-how-start-and-what-consider - [Briefing] Rapid Response Guidance Note: Educational TV & COVID-19 (April, 2020) https://documents.worldbank.org/en/publication/documents-reports/documentdetail/659411587145759242/rapid-response-guidance-note-educational-television-covid-19
40:26
January 27, 2021
Exploring the Potential of Digital Technologies to Innovate Education and Training Practices: A Conversation with the European Commission - Part II
Exploring the Potential of Digital Technologies to Innovate Education and Training Practices: A Conversation with the European Commission - Part II
Today, you are listening to a conversation between Yves Punie, Senior Scientist and Deputy Head of Unit at the European Commission Joint Research Centre in Seville, Unit Human Capital and Employment, and Cristobal Cobo, Senior Education Technology Specialist at the World Bank, about the potential of digital technologies to innovate education and training practices in the European context. This is Part II of a two-part conversation. Part I of the conversation focuses on the potential of digital technologies to innovate education and training practices and improve access to lifelong learning for employment, personal development and social inclusion.  Yves Punie is senior scientist and Deputy Head of Unit at the European Commission Joint Research Centre in Seville, Unit Human Capital and Employment. He is leading its research and policy activities on "Digital Learning and Skills". The research area started in 2005 with the aim to provide evidence-based policy support to the European Commission on harnessing the potential of digital technologies to innovate education and training practices, improve access to lifelong learning and to deal with the rise of new (digital) skills and competences needed for employment, personal development and social inclusion. Recent work on capacity building for the digital transformation of education and learning, and for the changing requirements for skills and competences has focussed on the development of digital competence frameworks for citizens (DigComp), educators (DigCompEdu), educational organisations (DigCompOrg) as well as frameworks on Personal, Social and Learning to Learn (LifeComp) and entrepreneurship (EntreComp). Before joining the JRC in 2001, he was interim Assistant Professor at the Free University of Brussels (VUB). He holds a Ph.D. in Social Sciences. List of publications, see https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Yves_Punie
21:12
January 19, 2021
Exploring the Potential of Digital Technologies to Innovate Education and Training Practices: A Conversation with the European Commission - Part I
Exploring the Potential of Digital Technologies to Innovate Education and Training Practices: A Conversation with the European Commission - Part I
Today, you are listening to a conversation between Yves Punie, Senior Scientist and Deputy Head of Unit at the European Commission Joint Research Centre in Seville, Unit Human Capital and Employment, and Cristobal Cobo, Senior Education Technology Specialist at the World Bank, about the potential of digital technologies to innovate education and training practices and improve access to lifelong learning for employment, personal development and social inclusion. This is Part I of a two-part conversation. Part II of the conversation will be an upcoming podcast episode and will focus on digital technologies to innovate education and training practices in the European context. Yves Punie is senior scientist and Deputy Head of Unit at the European Commission Joint Research Centre in Seville, Unit Human Capital and Employment. He is leading its research and policy activities on "Digital Learning and Skills". The research area started in 2005 with the aim to provide evidence-based policy support to the European Commission on harnessing the potential of digital technologies to innovate education and training practices, improve access to lifelong learning and to deal with the rise of new (digital) skills and competences needed for employment, personal development and social inclusion. Recent work on capacity building for the digital transformation of education and learning, and for the changing requirements for skills and competences has focussed on the development of digital competence frameworks for citizens (DigComp), educators (DigCompEdu), educational organisations (DigCompOrg) as well as frameworks on Personal, Social and Learning to Learn (LifeComp) and entrepreneurship (EntreComp). Before joining the JRC in 2001, he was interim Assistant Professor at the Free University of Brussels (VUB). He holds a Ph.D. in Social Sciences. List of publications, see https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Yves_Punie
24:14
December 15, 2020
Supporting Teachers' Continuous Professional Development in an Ever-Changing Classroom: a Conversation with HundrED
Supporting Teachers' Continuous Professional Development in an Ever-Changing Classroom: a Conversation with HundrED
The World Bank is teaming up with HundrED and the Global Partnership for Education to launch a call for solutions from around the world to support teachers' continuous professional development in an ever-changing classroom. On this episode, World Bank Senior Education Specialist Cristóbal Cobo and World Bank Senior Education Specialist Manal Quota speak with Danny Gilliland, Head of Growth at HundrED about the initiative. Applications open today through March 10, 2021! Apply at https://hundred.org/en/articles/hundred-the-world-bank-announce-a-new-project-transforming-teacher-professional-development#9f85e48c.
22:57
December 11, 2020
Rolling Out Taleem Ghar (education TV at home) During COVID-19: A Conversation with the Provincial Government of Punjab, Pakistan
Rolling Out Taleem Ghar (education TV at home) During COVID-19: A Conversation with the Provincial Government of Punjab, Pakistan
Today, World Bank's EdTech team member, Sharon Zacharia speaks with Abdal Mufti (Head of Research and Policy at Punjab School Education Department, Government of Punjab-Pakistan). They discuss lessons from deploying Punjab's province-wide education TV program called Taleem Ghar including how leveraging stakeholders and a phased roll out approach can speed up implementation to just 3 weeks. Taleem Ghar is a key arsenal of Punjab's remote learning response to COVID-19 based school closures. Further suggested reading on Education TV during COVID-19 by the World Bank EdTech team: [Case Study] "Pakistan: TeleSchool and Taleem Ghar (Educational TV at Home)" (September 14, 2020): A short case study on Pakistan's federal and provincial education TV programs during COVID-19:  documents.worldbank.org/en/publication/documents-reports/documentdetail/421821600058352361/pakistan-teleschool-and-taleem-ghar-educational-tv-at-home [Blog] "Education TV during COVID-19: How to start & What to consider" (April 24, 2020):  A blog that summarizes key takeaways from the World Bank's policy briefing (Rapid Response Guidance Note) on education TV blogs.worldbank.org/education/educational-television-during-covid-19-how-start-and-what-consider [Knowledge Pack Slide Deck] "Education TV as a Remote Learning Tool: Knowledge Pack" (June 1, 2020): A short, pragmatic slide deck on how to start & enhance education TV with case studies on Pakistan, China, Korea, Ubongo (Africa) and Sesame Workshop. pubdocs.worldbank.org/en/267791593613610668/Education-TV-Knowledge-Pack-WorldBank-Edtech-Team
34:01
December 02, 2020
Building Public-Private Partnerships for Education: A Conversation with the Education Sector at UNESCO
Building Public-Private Partnerships for Education: A Conversation with the Education Sector at UNESCO
Today, you are listening to a conversation between Valtencir Mendes, Senior Programme Lead in the Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems in the Education Sector at UNESCO and Cristobal Cobo, Senior Education Technology Specialist at the World Bank about the Global Education Coalition, a public-private partnership for education bringing together more than 140 members from the UN family, civil society, academia and the private sector, including coalition members UNESCO, UNICEF and World Bank. Valtencir Mendes is a UNESCO Senior Education Programme lead. He coordinates UNESCO’s implementation of the GPE’s Education response to COVID-19 Consortium of Grant Agents: UNESCO, UNICEF and the World Bank, as well as activities under the framework of the UNESCO Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning. He provides consultative support and strategic advice on UNESCO’s engagement with different innovative programmes and stakeholders; supporting countries in their education policy and strategic plan development and partnerships’ building; contributing to other cross-cutting emerging technologies in education projects and publications. Valtencir is European PhD in Project and Systems Engineering from UPC, Barcelona Tech, in collaboration with the University of Glasgow, UK. He pioneered research on emerging technologies, and multi-stakeholder partnerships for the achievement of the UNESCO Education for All initiative. @ValMMendes
35:02
November 17, 2020
Reflecting on EdTech & COVID-19: What’s happened, what’s changed, what hasn’t changed, and where are things headed? A conversation with the World Bank EdTech Team
Reflecting on EdTech & COVID-19: What’s happened, what’s changed, what hasn’t changed, and where are things headed? A conversation with the World Bank EdTech Team
Today, you are listening to a conversation between World Bank EdTech colleagues Michael Trucano and Alex Twinomugisha as they reflect on how educators have adapted to the coronavirus crisis in the past seven months, moderated by World Bank team member Hallie Applebaum. Read Continuity Stories and watch webinars at https://oecdedutoday.com/coronavirus and https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/edutech/brief/lessons-for-education-during-covid-19-crisis. - Michael Trucano is the World Bank's Global Lead for Technology and Innovation in Education, working on issues at the intersection of technology use and education in middle- and low-income countries and emerging markets around the world. Alex Twinomugisha is a Senior Education Technology Specialist in the World Bank working on technology in education issues. Alex has spent over 20 years working on education and technology policy and program design, procurement and deployment at basic education (K-12), vocational and higher education levels. A core member of the World Bank's global edtech team, Alex’s interests and expertise focus on designing, developing and using technology to solve some of education’s most difficult challenges in developing countries.
33:33
October 29, 2020
Adapting to Student and Teacher Needs During COVID-19: A Conversation with the OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation
Adapting to Student and Teacher Needs During COVID-19: A Conversation with the OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation
Today, you are listening to a conversation between Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin, Senior Analyst at the OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI), and Cristóbal Cobo, World Bank Senior Education Specialist, about our joint initiative between World Bank Group Education Global Practice, the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills, the Harvard Global Education Innovation Initiative, and HundrED to collect stories from countries around the world about the solutions their education systems are using and how they are adapting to different student and teacher needs during the coronavirus crisis. Read stories and watch webinars at https://oecdedutoday.com/coronavirus and https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/edutech/brief/lessons-for-education-during-covid-19-crisis. The OECD's work on education helps individuals and nations to identify and develop the knowledge and skills that drive better jobs and better lives, generate prosperity and promote social inclusion.
26:17
October 20, 2020
Learning through Play: A Conversation with the LEGO Foundation
Learning through Play: A Conversation with the LEGO Foundation
Today, you are listening to a conversation with Ollie Bray, Director of Global Programmes at the LEGO Foundation, and Victoria Levin, Senior Economist in the Education Global Practice at the World Bank and Co-Lead of the Skills Global Solutions Group, interviewed by World Bank Global Lead for Technology Innovation in Education Robert Hawkins. The LEGO Foundation aims to build a future in which learning through play empowers children to become creative, engaged, lifelong learners. We are dedicated to re-defining play and re-imaging learning to ensure children build the broad set of skills they need to thrive and succeed.
36:44
October 15, 2020
Strengthening EdTech Ecosystems: A Conversation with Anthony Bloome
Strengthening EdTech Ecosystems: A Conversation with Anthony Bloome
Today, we're speaking with Anthony Bloome, Executive Director of the Mobiles for Education Alliance, about strengthening edtech ecosystems in low-resource contexts, interviewed by Work Bank team member Robert Hawkins. -- Anthony Bloome is the Executive Director of the Mobiles for Education Alliance, a non-profit focused on strengthening edtech ecosystems, particularly in low-resource country context. From 2010 to July 2020, he served as USAID's senior education technology specialist and where he founded the mEducation Alliance as well as the All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development. Prior to joining USAID, he was Peace Corps' technology for development specialist for 3 years and worked as a distance education specialist at the World Bank for 11 years. Robert Hawkins is the World Bank's Senior Education & Technology Policy Specialist and Global Lead for Technology and Innovation in Education, working on issues at the intersection of technology use and education in middle- and low-income countries and emerging markets around the world. At a practical level, Bob provides advice and technical assistance to governments seeking innovative ways to improve teaching and learning in the classroom and strategic advice on improvement of education systems and management.
25:56
September 29, 2020
Broadening Connectivity: A Conversation with Steve Song and Mike Jensen - Part II
Broadening Connectivity: A Conversation with Steve Song and Mike Jensen - Part II
Today, we're continuing our conversation from last week with Steve Song and Mike Jensen about connectivity policy and technology adoption strategies to broaden internet access in developing countries, interviewed by Work Bank team members Robert Hawkins and Alex Twinomugisha.   Steve Song is a researcher, entrepreneur, and advocate for cheaper, more pervasive access to communication infrastructure. He is currently a Fellow at the Mozilla Foundation as well as a research associate with the Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC) where he works to expand the use of wireless technologies through shared spectrum strategies. His blog (http://manypossibilities.net) a popular destination for anyone interested in African telecommunications and Internet issues. Since 2009, Steve has been actively maintaining public maps of undersea and terrestrial fibre optic infrastructure in Africa. Steve is also the founder of Village Telco, a social enterprise that manufactures low-cost WiFi mesh VoIP technologies to deliver affordable voice and Internet service in under-serviced areas. Previously, Steve worked at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), where he led the organization's ICT4D program in Africa, funding research into the transformational potential of ICTs. Mike Jensen is a South African ICT specialist who co-founded Canada's first ISP for non-profit organisations - The Web - in 1987. The Web is also one of the founding members of the Association for Progressive communications (http://apc.org). Since then he has worked across the developing world to help build internet infrastructure, particularly in Africa. In 1995 he co-wrote Nelson Mandela’s inaugural speech for the ITU’s flagship event, TELCOM, and in recognition of his contributions to the development of the Internet, he was inducted into the Internet Society's Internet Hall of Fame (IHOF) in 2017. Mike's main focus is on connectivity policy and technology adoption strategies focusing on efforts to help broaden access to ICTs in developing countries.  He mainly works with civil society, governments and development agencies to advise on infrastructure development strategies which increase internet access. This ranges from advising on projects which encourage governments to ensure all new roads include ducts for fibre, to raising awareness of techniques for using TV radio spectrum for wireless broadband, and assisting in the development of Universal Access strategies.
21:18
September 22, 2020
Broadening Connectivity: A Conversation with Steve Song and Mike Jensen - Part I
Broadening Connectivity: A Conversation with Steve Song and Mike Jensen - Part I
Today we're speaking with Steve Song and Mike Jensen about connectivity policy and technology adoption strategies to broaden internet access in developing countries, interviewed by Work Bank team members Robert Hawkins and Alex Twinomugisha. Steve Song is a researcher, entrepreneur, and advocate for cheaper, more pervasive access to communication infrastructure. He is currently a Fellow at the Mozilla Foundation as well as a research associate with the Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC) where he works to expand the use of wireless technologies through shared spectrum strategies. His blog (http://manypossibilities.net) a popular destination for anyone interested in African telecommunications and Internet issues. Since 2009, Steve has been actively maintaining public maps of undersea and terrestrial fibre optic infrastructure in Africa. Steve is also the founder of Village Telco, a social enterprise that manufactures low-cost WiFi mesh VoIP technologies to deliver affordable voice and Internet service in under-serviced areas. Previously, Steve worked at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), where he led the organization's ICT4D program in Africa, funding research into the transformational potential of ICTs. Mike Jensen is a South African ICT specialist who co-founded Canada's first ISP for non-profit organisations - The Web - in 1987. The Web is also one of the founding members of the Association for Progressive communications (http://apc.org). Since then he has worked across the developing world to help build internet infrastructure, particularly in Africa. In 1995 he co-wrote Nelson Mandela’s inaugural speech for the ITU’s flagship event, TELCOM, and in recognition of his contributions to the development of the Internet, he was inducted into the Internet Society's Internet Hall of Fame (IHOF) in 2017. Mike's main focus is on connectivity policy and technology adoption strategies focusing on efforts to help broaden access to ICTs in developing countries.  He mainly works with civil society, governments and development agencies to advise on infrastructure development strategies which increase internet access. This ranges from advising on projects which encourage governments to ensure all new roads include ducts for fibre, to raising awareness of techniques for using TV radio spectrum for wireless broadband, and assisting in the development of Universal Access strategies.
23:59
September 17, 2020
Rolling Out a National TeleSchool Program in One Month During COVID-19: A Conversation with Pakistan's Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training
Rolling Out a National TeleSchool Program in One Month During COVID-19: A Conversation with Pakistan's Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training
The World Bank's EduTech team is speaking with educators around the world to learn how they are innovating to support continued teaching and learning during COVID-19. In this episode, World Bank's EduTech team member Sharon Zacharia speaks with Umbreen Arif, Technical Advisor and Umair Javed, Syed Umair Javed, (then) Joint Secretary of Education of Pakistan's Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training. They discuss opportunities and challenges of Pakistan's rapid response to COVID-19 based school closures via a speedy one-month rollout of its national TeleSchool (Education TV) program. Further reading/listening on Education TV as a remote learning tool during COVID-19: [Slide Deck] Education TV Knowledge Pack (June 1, 2020): A short, pragmatic slide deck on how to start and enhance education TV with case studies on Pakistan, China, Korea, Ubongo (Africa) and Sesame Workshop. pubdocs.worldbank.org/en/267791593613610668/Education-TV-Knowledge-Pack-WorldBank-Edtech-Team [Blog] 'Education TV during COVID-19: How to start & What to consider' (April 24, 2020):  A blog that summarizes key takeaways from the policy briefing (Rapid Response Guidance Note) on education TV (by World Bank's EduTech team members Sharon Zacharia and Alex Twinomugisha). blogs.worldbank.org/education/educational-television-during-covid-19-how-start-and-what-consider [Briefing] Rapid Response Guidance Note: Educational TV & COVID-19 (April 17, 2020): A crisp four-page note that provides guidance on using educational TV as a remote learning tool with 40 current examples of countries responding to COVID-19. documents.worldbank.org/en/publication/documents-reports/documentdetail/659411587145759242/rapid-response-guidance-note-educational-television-covid-19
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September 10, 2020
50 years of Educational TV: A Conversation with Sesame Workshop
50 years of Educational TV: A Conversation with Sesame Workshop
The World Bank's EduTech team is speaking with educators around the world to see how they are innovating to support continued teaching and learning during COVID-19. In another episode in this series, World Bank's EduTech team member Sharon Zacharia (https://blogs.worldbank.org/team/sharon-zacharia) speaks with Sesame Workshop (https://www.sesameworkshop.org) Vice President of International Projects, Daniel Labin, about what we can learn from Sesame Workshop's 50 years of experience with educational TV for children across 150+ countries and adapted in 30+ languages like Gali Gali Sim Sim (India) (https://www.youtube.com/user/GalliGalliSim) and Ahlan SimSim (Middle East) (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC48pfslXOUx-PZTLQxZjS4g). -- Further reading on Education TV as a remote learning tool during COVID-19: - Blog on 'Education TV during COVID-19' (April 24, 2020):  A blog that summarizes key takeaways from the Rapid Response Guidance Note on education TV (by World Bank's EduTech team members Sharon Zacharia and Alex Twinomugisha). https://blogs.worldbank.org/education/educational-television-during-covid-19-how-start-and-what-consider - Rapid Response Guidance Note: Educational TV & COVID-19 (April 17, 2020): A four-page note that provides guidance on using educational TV as a remote learning tool with 40 current examples of countries responding to COVID-19. https://documents.worldbank.org/en/publication/documents-reports/documentdetail/659411587145759242/rapid-response-guidance-note-educational-television-covid-19 - Education TV Knowledge Pack (June 1, 2020): A short, pragmatic slide deck on how to start and enhance education TV with case studies on Sesame Workshop, Ubongo (Africa), Pakistan, and China & Korea. http://pubdocs.worldbank.org/en/267791593613610668/Education-TV-Knowledge-Pack-WorldBank-Edtech-Team
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September 01, 2020
Creating Edutainment TV for Kids in Africa: A Conversation with Ubongo
Creating Edutainment TV for Kids in Africa: A Conversation with Ubongo
The World Bank's EduTech team is speaking with educators around the world to see how they are innovating and supporting continued teaching and learning during COVID-19. In this episode, World Bank's EduTech team member Sharon Zacharia speaks with Ubongo (https://www.ubongo.org) Co-founder and CEO Nisha Ligon and Ubongo Head of Education Cliodhna Ryan about what we can learn from Ubongo's work in edutainment in Africa. -- Further reading on Education TV as a remote learning tool during COVID-19: - Rapid Response Guidance Note: Educational TV & COVID-19 (April 17, 2020): A four-page note that provides guidance on using educational TV as a remote learning tool with 40 current examples of countries responding to COVID-19. https://documents.worldbank.org/en/publication/documents-reports/documentdetail/659411587145759242/rapid-response-guidance-note-educational-television-covid-19 - Blog on 'Education TV during COVID-19' (April 24, 2020):  A blog that summarizes key takeaways from the Rapid Response Guidance Note on education TV (by World Bank's EduTech team members Sharon Zacharia and Alex Twinomugish). https://blogs.worldbank.org/education/educational-television-during-covid-19-how-start-and-what-consider - Education TV Knowledge Pack (June 1, 2020): A short, pragmatic slide deck on how to start and enhance education TV with case studies on Ubongo, Sesame Workshop, Pakistan, and China & Korea. http://pubdocs.worldbank.org/en/267791593613610668/Education-TV-Knowledge-Pack-WorldBank-Edtech-Team
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August 13, 2020
Exploring Technology and Innovation in Education: A Conversation with Robert Hawkins
Exploring Technology and Innovation in Education: A Conversation with Robert Hawkins
On August 7, World Bank Global Lead for Technology and Innovation in Education Michael Trucano spoke with World Bank Global Co-Lead for Technology and Innovation in Education Robert Hawkins about Robert's experience over the past 25 years working to improve teaching and learning in the classroom and education systems and management. -- Michael Trucano is the World Bank's Senior Education and Technology Policy Specialist and Global Lead for Technology and Innovation in Education, working on issues at the intersection of technology use and education in middle- and low-income countries and emerging markets around the world.  Robert Hawkins is the World Bank's Senior Education and Technology Policy Specialist and Global Lead for Technology and Innovation in Education, working on issues at the intersection of technology use and education in middle- and low-income countries and emerging markets around the world. At a practical level, Bob provides advice and technical assistance to governments seeking innovative ways to improve teaching and learning in the classroom and strategic advice on improvement of education systems and management.
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August 11, 2020
Exploring Technology and Innovation in Education: A Conversation with Mike Trucano
Exploring Technology and Innovation in Education: A Conversation with Mike Trucano
On July 31, World Bank Global Lead for Technology and Innovation in Education Robert Hawkins spoke with World Bank Global Co-Lead for Technology and Innovation in Education Michael Trucano about Michael's journey over the past 20 years advising and evaluating educational technology initiatives in over 50 middle- and low-income countries. Bob and Mike have worked together since the mid-1990s on edtech projects around the world; their conversation here touches on some of what they’ve seen and learned along the way – and what this might mean for developments in the ‘edtech’ field in the coming years.  -- Robert Hawkins is the World Bank's Senior Education and Technology Policy Specialist and Global Lead for Technology and Innovation in Education, working on issues at the intersection of technology use and education in middle- and low-income countries and emerging markets around the world. At a practical level, Bob provides advice and technical assistance to governments seeking innovative ways to improve teaching and learning in the classroom and strategic advice on improvement of education systems and management. Michael Trucano is the World Bank's Senior Education and Technology Policy Specialist and Global Lead for Technology and Innovation in Education, working on issues at the intersection of technology use and education in middle- and low-income countries and emerging markets around the world.
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August 04, 2020
Navigating the Roles of Public and Private Sector in Education: Lessons from Alex Twinomugisha
Navigating the Roles of Public and Private Sector in Education: Lessons from Alex Twinomugisha
On July 24, World Bank Global Lead for Technology Innovation in Education Robert Hawkins spoke with World Bank Education Specialist Alex Twinomugisha about Alex's journey from African Virtual University to the Global e-Schools and Communities Initiative (GeSCI) to Intel Corporation’s Education and Government Digital Transformation work in East Africa. -- Robert Hawkins is the World Bank's Senior Education & Technology Policy Specialist and Global Lead for Technology and Innovation in Education, working on issues at the intersection of technology use and education in middle- and low-income countries and emerging markets around the world. At a practical level, Bob provides advice and technical assistance to governments seeking innovative ways to improve teaching and learning in the classroom and strategic advice on improvement of education systems and management. Alex Twinomugisha is a Senior Education Technology Specialist in the World Bank working on technology in education issues. Alex has spent over 20 years working on education and technology policy and program design, procurement and deployment at basic education (K-12), vocational and higher education levels. A core member of the World Bank's global edtech team, Alex’s interests and expertise focus on designing, developing and using technology to solve some of education’s most difficult challenges in developing countries.
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July 29, 2020
Navigating Uses and Abuses of Digital Technologies: Lessons from Cristóbal Cobo
Navigating Uses and Abuses of Digital Technologies: Lessons from Cristóbal Cobo
On July 17, World Bank Global Lead for Technology Innovation in Education Robert Hawkins spoke with World Bank Education Specialist Cristóbal Cobo about Cristóbal's journey from Mexico, Uruguay, and the UK to the World Bank and his recent book, I Accept The Terms and Conditions: Uses and Abuses of Digital Technologies. -- Robert Hawkins is the World Bank's Senior Education & Technology Policy Specialist and Global Lead for Technology and Innovation in Education, working on issues at the intersection of technology use and education in middle- and low-income countries and emerging markets around the world. At a practical level, Bob provides advice and technical assistance to governments seeking innovative ways to improve teaching and learning in the classroom and strategic advice on improvement of education systems and management. Cristóbal Cobo is a Senior Education Specialist at the World Bank, focusing on the effective and appropriate use of new technologies in education. Before joining the World Bank in 2019, where he is a core member of the World Bank's global edtech team, Dr. Cobo spent 15 years working at the intersection of future of learning, cultures of innovation and human-centered technologies across both developed and developing countries.
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July 21, 2020
Implementing Digital Technologies to Support Remote Learning During the COVID-19 Crisis: Lessons from Egypt (episode in English)
Implementing Digital Technologies to Support Remote Learning During the COVID-19 Crisis: Lessons from Egypt (episode in English)
As part of our partnership with the Harvard Graduate School of Education, HundrED, and OECD in response to the COVID-19 crisis, are co-hosting a series of webinars focused on education response to the coronavirus. The initial webinars focused on the cases of Spain and Colombia.  On July 9, we co-hosted a webinar focusing on how Egypt is implementing digital technologies to support remote learning during the COVID-19 crisis with Dr. Tarek Shawki, Minister of Education & Technical Education, Arab Republic of Egypt. Event overview and speaker bios available here.  Learn more about the webinar series and case studies here.
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July 13, 2020
Designing Distance Education Programs: Lessons from Telesecundaria in Mexico (episode in Spanish)
Designing Distance Education Programs: Lessons from Telesecundaria in Mexico (episode in Spanish)
Designing Distance Education Programs: Lessons from Telesecundaria in Mexico (episode in Spanish) On April 30, 2020, World Bank Education Specialist Cristobal Cobo spoke with Dr. Germán Ruiz from Telesecundaria in Mexico. Telesecundaria is a  system of distance education programs for secondary and high school students created by the government of Mexico. Learn more about Telesecundaria at https://telesecundaria.sep.gob.mx.
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June 29, 2020
Using Flexible Digital Pedagogies: Lessons from Plan Ceibal in Uruguay (episode in English)
Using Flexible Digital Pedagogies: Lessons from Plan Ceibal in Uruguay (episode in English)
Using Flexible Digital Pedagogies: Lessons from Plan Ceibal in Uruguay (episode in English) On April 8, 2020, World Bank Education Specialist Cristobal Cobo spoke with Claudia Brovetto and Gabriela Kaplan from Plan Ceibal in Uruguay. Learn more about Plan Ceibal at https://www.ceibal.edu.uy/es.
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June 29, 2020
Crowdsourcing and Curating Education Content: Lessons from Educlan in Spain (episode in Spanish)
Crowdsourcing and Curating Education Content: Lessons from Educlan in Spain (episode in Spanish)
Crowdsourcing and Curating Education Content: Lessons from Educlan in Spain (episode in Spanish) On April 7, 2020, World Bank Education Specialist Cristobal Cobo spoke with  Carlos Medina (Director of INTEF), Yago Fadiño (Director of Content for children on Spanish television) and Federico Buyolo (Deputy Director Cabinet of the Minister) about the Educlan program in Spain. Learn more about Educlan at https://www.rtve.es/educlan.
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June 29, 2020
Reimagining the Future of Education: Lessons from Evoke in Colombia (episode in Spanish)
Reimagining the Future of Education: Lessons from Evoke in Colombia (episode in Spanish)
Reimagining the Future of Education: Lessons from Evoke in Colombia (episode in Spanish) On June 24, 2020, the World Bank Education Technology team hosted a conversation about the future of education in Colombia. The Ministry of Education in Colombia, the EAN University of Bogotá, the Economic and Commercial Office of Spain in Colombia, Telefónica, and the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz joined the conversation to review lessons learned from an education program in Colombia called Evoke, focusing on: The role of teachers and mentors in remote learning Innovating in education: reflections on 21st century skills, teamwork and learning, gamification and project-based learning The importance of networks: opportunities and challenges of public-private collaborations in educational innovation processes Opportunities for leveraging blockchain technology in education as a form of conditional cash transfer
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June 29, 2020