ROOM I — Wednesday, 14:40— 16:00

She now has a digital presence and voice

Last February, Mark Lamont, founder at World Mosaic, presented at UNESCO Mobile Learning Week 2014 on backward design, analytics and assistant apps for learning, citing field implementations in Kenya and the US (see

This year, Mr Lamont’s presentation explores the empowerment of girls and women as learners and digital citizens through their adoption of mobile and online technologies in developed and developing regional contexts. Rather than focus on the mechanics of the mobile technology, Mr Lamont will again apply ‘backward design’ principles to unpack what ‘empowerment’ really means and how it can be ‘turned on’ in the mobile learning context, in both formal and informal settings.

The session will feature examples of girls and women from Africa, Europe and North America who have developed as digital researchers, curators, bloggers, multimedia synthesists, writers, artists, commentators and networkers. Some girls and women will join the session online remotely, evidencing their empowerment in terms of voice, identity, audience, a network of co-aspirants and a digital presence that blurs the boundaries between learning, civic participation, personal interests and aspirations.

Rather than featuring ‘celebrity’ examples of women who have gone viral, this presentation explores the remarkable everyday stories and processes of empowerment girls and women are experiencing, and in some cases the challenges women experience being mobile and online.

The presentation is technology-agnostic, drawing from mainstream mobile social networking and Web tools of Western and Eastern origin, including some developed and adopted by women in the midst of the 2011 Arab Spring pro-democracy action. Mosaic’s work with school systems and development agencies in Kenya, England, the USA and Australia will provide tapestry and authenticity to the session.

Key questions are:

 1. What are the different dimensions of empowerment in this context? (for example, a rural Iowan youth expresses her desire for independence through creative writing:

 2. What do girls and women say about their empowerment through online mobile technologies, and how have their lives changed?

Mark Lamont, Natalie Musomba and Sarah Lamont

Mark Lamont founded the global education technology research and consulting organization World Mosaic. He has presented on learning technology innovation to forums such as UNESCO Mobile Learning Week (2014), the Consortium of School Networking (USA), New South Wales Department of Education, New York City Department of Education, GEMS (UAE), Kenya Ministry of Education, New Zealand Ministry of Education and dozens of other policy-making settings. Mr Lamont has also advised and presented at hundreds of industry forums and boardrooms worldwide. In 2012, Mr Lamont initiated Sir Bob Geldof’s mobile learning symposium in Washington DC. In the 1990s, Mr Lamont was an advisor to the Australian Government as it shifted assessment from ‘pass/fail’ to the articulation of what students can do. Mr Lamont has presided over some of the largest scale education technology roll-outs in the world, encompassing cloud technology, enterprise architectures and innovations in professional learning and school transformation. Over recent years, Mr Lamont has led extensive research on teacher analytics and mobile assistant technologies from the perspectives of pedagogy, policy and technological readiness. He has also invested in education and community development initiatives through social networking and collaborative learning environments such as    

Natalie Musomba graduated high school in Nairobi Kenya last year. She is now studying at Sciences Po (The Institut d'études politiques) in Paris. This year at UNESCO Mobile Learning Week, Natalie will share her diverse experiences of empowerment through mobile technology in Kenya and France. Natalie will discuss her learning communities’ use of mobile technology for career development, research, personal finance and health education, formally and informally.

Sarah Lamont is a high school student from Sydney Australia. Sarah has leveraged mobile technology to engage in social action on issues including child trafficking in Kolkata India, building bridges between her formal and informal learning. Sarah will share her learning community’s mobile learning portfolio and experiences as she has developed an online voice and presence on issues of importance to her and other young women.


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