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BBL - Practical Approaches to Using Education Technologies and Digital Learning Content in Low- (and No-) Connectivity Environments: Learning from Kolibri

Practical Approaches to
Using Education Technologies and Digital Learning Content
in Low- (and No-) Connectivity Environments:
Learning from Kolibri

May 2, 2019 (Thur) | 12:30 - 2:00 pm | Room G 8-090 | 1776 G St NW, Washington, DC

Jamie Alexandre, co-founder and Executive Director of Learning Equality
Laura Danforth, Global Community Lead at Learning Equality

Robert J. Hawkins, EdTech GSG Lead, Education Global Practice, World Bank

How can we provide off-line access to the sorts of rich learning content available on the Internet for students inlow- (and no-) connectivity school environments?

This the question being answered by Learning Equality, a group that became famous by creating an offline version of the Khan Academy, and which has since expanded to create tools to provide content from many other educational sources as well.

From its early days, with its first-generation platform bringing the Khan Academy experience offline with KA Lite until today, with its second generation offline education publishing platform Kolibri, there has been strong grassroots adoption of Learning Equality’s software and tools to support learners in contexts with limited or no Internet connectivity across Africa and South Asia, in places such as rural schools, refugee camps, orphanages, non-formal school systems, and in prisons.

Recently, Kolibri has partnered with UNICEF in Uganda to support learners in formal secondary schools and refugee settlements, with UNHCR in East Africa to support refugee and host communities, and with Vodafone Foundation to provide free access to educational content for Vodafone subscribers in six sub-Saharan African countries. Working with 24 organizations across 13 countries in sub-Saharan Africa through the Kolibri Hardware Grants Program, Learning Equality is also supporting the implementation of innovative hardware models to support such activities.

Representatives from Learning Equality will join us to talk about what works, and what doesn't, when it comes to providing access to digital learning content in offline contexts -- and to building libraries of content for use in such settings.  Kolibri libraries are designed to support a well-rounded curriculum, including both formal educational materials, such as lessons and assessments, as well as exploratory materials such as books, games, and simulations.

This is a great opportunity to learn from people with very practical, on-the-ground experience with using new education technologies successfully in very challenging environments.

About the presenters:

Jamie Alexandre has a PhD in Cognitive Science from UCSD, and is a co-founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit Learning Equality, which is dedicated to increasing equitable access to educational opportunities around the globe.

Laura Danforth has a Master's in Education from Harvard, and is Global Community Lead at Learning Equality, supporting community work and grassroots organizations around the world.

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