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Reflections from CIES 2022

By Dr. Taskeen Adam
In April, EdTech Hub team members and I attended the Comparative & International Education Society's 2022 conference -- CIES 2022 -- in person in Minnesota, USA. While there was a million things going on (simultaneously!), a few sessions stood out as significant for the EdTech community.

1. Socio-Emotional Learning (SEL) assessments
In the session: 'Developing SEL assessments ground-up: Learning from four contextualization initiatives in the global south', colleagues from Zizi Afrique and RTI presented SEL assessments adapted for African/East African contexts. The Zizi Afrique SEL assessments are through the ALiVE project. According to the presenters, these SEL assessments should be available for sharing in the next few months.

Why this matters to me...and you? When we wrote our EdTech Hub Teacher Professional Development (TPD) research proposal for Tanzania, we struggled to find SEL assessments designed to be contextually relevant to East Africa. These assessments have the potential to be an excellent resources for researchers--including us--and we hope to incorporate such assessments into our research tools.

2. Data Platforms and analysis.
In the session 'Comparative and International Education Research Made Easy Using Free Online Data Platforms and Tools', colleagues from American Institutes for Research shared two resources:

Why this matters to me...and you?  This overlaps strongly with some of the aims of Unlocking Data as it promotes the reuse of secondary data. Additionally, data analysis tools like STATA have a high learning curve, so this is a quick way to do fairly rigorous analysis.

3. TPD/Communities of learning/Professional Learning Communities/Coaching

It's not a surprise that there were a variety of sessions on these topics. Here are just some of the resources shared from TPD research in Senegal:

Why this matters to me...and you?  Learning from tech-supported TPD research in other countries will be very useful for the research the Hub is conducting in Tanzania and Sierra Leone on TPD. Some of the lessons we can draw on relate to challenges of  cost-effective, quality virtual/hybrid coaching, effective practices in setting up communities of learning, and the advantages and disadvantages of tele-coaching.

4. Decolonising Education and EdTech

There were more than 10 sessions on decolonising education and EdTech at CIES 2022 -- and that alone was refreshing to see. This was different from other conferences in the past where there were a handful of fringe sessions on this topic. Many of the keynotes were about epistemic injustices and geopolitical inequalities. This is really great and this shift is in line with EdTech Hub’s work and recent blog series and webinars on Decolonising EdTech. This is part of our attempt to think out loud and be vulnerable about how we want to improve both internally and in the work we do externally. [Watch more]

Experts from New York University, Akanksha Foundation, International Rescue Committee, FCDO and more joined EdTech Hub in a discussion about prioritizing skills relevant to mitigating negative effects of crises that affect and impact children's learning outcomes. For more, watch the video.  
Innovation in Tutoring; a learning loss fix

At this year's 2022 Teacher Tech Summit, EdTech Hub Executive Director Verna Lalbeharie facilitated a session on Innovation in Tutoring, featuring Amira Learning and Education Endowment Foundation. The discussions evaluated unique tactics that have performed well in the face of learning disruption, with private tutoring being one of them.

Watch the T4 Summit recording for more...


Decolonising Open Educational Resources
Author: Nariman Moustafa
Nariman explores why the focus on ‘open’ and ‘access’ is not enough for the EdTech revolution. Reflect with us...

A reflection on personalised learning via education technology through a decolonial lens

Author: Moizza Binat Sarwar
This is the third in a long-form series exploring what it means to strive toward ‘Decolonising EdTech’. We wanted to think out loud with you. Join the discussion...

Using technology to improve the equity of teacher allocation in Sierra Leone; the challenge and a way forward

Authors: Chris McBurnie, Bjorn Hassler and Alejandra Vijil 
Earlier this year, the EdTech Hub team reviewed a number of case studies from low- and middle-income countries to understand what factors may shape the decision of teachers to work — or not work — in specific schools. This is what we found.
When teachers are asked to deploy other teachers, we learn a lot about teacher preferences
Authors: Chris McBurnie, Katie Godwin, Lydia Bernard - Jones and Bjorn Hassler 
A small group of primary school teachers in Makeni, Sierra Leone, huddle around a table in the principal’s office debating how to allocate teachers to a set of schools with varying characteristics. Find out how this discussion went...

Nudges to Improve Learning and Gender Parity: Preliminary findings on supporting parent-child educational engagement during Covid-19 using mobile phones
We evaluate a digital intervention to improve low-literate caregivers’ engagement with their children’s education and development in rural Ghana during the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more...
Events alert:
  1. Sign up for the Decolonising EdTech event that will take place in Nairobi Kenya on 25 May 2022. 
  2. Join us for the #Tech4TPD webinar on 8 June 2022. 
  3. We look forward to building forward, stronger, bolder and better through Education World Forum 2022, next week.
Application alert:
  1. Apply to be a LEAP Fellow and host a LEAP project. 

Nairobi, Kenya;- This event brings together education leaders and changemakers to deliberate on ways to begin to Reclaim, create and construct other modes and practices within the EdTech Ecosystem that amplify and give credence to indigenous and marginalized voices. SIGN UP!

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