The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other.  In 2016, 715 individuals from 76 countries and 301 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.

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Thursday, May 19 • 14:45 - 15:30
Low-Cost Digital Technology as a Platform for an Innovative Engineering Skills Curriculum LIMITED

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Engineering tools are crucial to individuals and communities charting their own development paths. However, engineering curricula are often inaccessible except via elite formal education. Digital learning platforms delivered on one-to-one devices afford students in low-resource settings with opportunities to engage with interactive content, receive immediate feedback on formative assessments, and view complex phenomenon. Educational technology serves as a scaffold for students to learn and apply it immediately in their communities. In our ongoing study, we combine a novel tablet platform, blended classroom structure, and hands-on activities to deliver an innovative engineering curriculum for pre-college students. We develop and assess this curriculum for former "street youth" at a residential school in western Kenya. The curriculum integrates science and engineering concepts applied to real problems the students identify around them, and the technology serves as a vehicle and a tool for students to access engaging content. Further, the tablet platform serves as an engineering tool itself for students to see simulations of real phenomena, employ the tablet as a "lab notebook" for observations and concept sketches, and take measurements using various sensors and programs under development. We present pilot data from the beginning of our deployment of this curriculum as well as a description of the backward design process and our model of experiential engineering education.

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Dr. Jennifer DeBoer

Assistant Professor of Engineering Education, Purdue University
Dr. Jennifer DeBoer is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue University. Her research group is motivated to understand how technology and policy tools can promote equity and success for diverse engineering students around the world. She is the recipient of a 2015... Read More →

Thursday May 19, 2016 14:45 - 15:30 EAT
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