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BBL: Using new technologies to promote literacy in Kenya: Lessons from Concordia University's ABRACADABRA program

Using new technologies to promote literacy in Kenya:
Lessons from Concordia University's ABRACADABRA program

September 17, 2018 | 12:00pm-1:30pm | Room J6-050 | 701 18th Street NW, Washington DC

Presenters: 
Dr. Graham Carr, Provost and VP Academic Affairs, Concordia University

Dr. Philip C. Abrami, Director and Professor, Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance (CSLP), Concordia University
Anne Wade, Manager Info Specialist, Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance (CSLP), Concordia University

Opening:
Christine Hogan, Executive Director, EDS07, The World Bank Group

Closing:
Otaviano Canuto, Executive Director, EDS15, The World bank Group

Chair:
Keiko Miwa, Director, Education Global Practice, The World Bank Group

 
There is so much hype around potential uses of new technologies to aid a wide variety of educational objectives. What are groups actually learning about such use based on practical experience on-the-ground, informed by rigorous impact evidence, related to the development of literacy skills in development countries?  

This presentation will discuss the examples and lessons from the roll-out of Concordia University’s ABRACADABRA program, followed by a presentation of the CSLP’s Learning Toolkit (LTK+) software and its use in Kenya and in other places around the globe. The LTK+ is a suite of five evidence-based and evidence-proven interactive web-based tools that promote the development of early literacy (ABRACADABRA, READS), numeracy (ELM), and inquiry skills (IS21). At the center of the LTK+ is an electronic portfolio (ePEARL), designed to teach self-regulated learning skills in all age groups. Working with its partners in the Aga Khan Development Network, World Vision and branches of Kenya's Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, we are working to train trainers, head teachers, and teachers in the use of the LTK+ suite of tools. They have also explored the impact of LTK+ use on student achievement and on teaching.   An open discussion, feedback and advice on potential collaboration will follow right after the presentations.

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