The four M's of m-learning instructional design: Microlearning, Multimedia, Motivation and Mastery

This presentation will be addressing two of the most pressing issues in educational development today: the need to advance early grade literacy and the need to provide practicing teachers the tools necessary for improved learning outcomes. The presentation will review the evolution of Tangerine™ from an open source platform base for reading assessments optimized for mobile devices, to Tangerine:Class™, designed to put immediate and powerful pedagogical tools in the hands of teachers who need them most. Tangerine:Class™, assists teachers in systematically collecting, analysing and using specific and progressive measurement of students’ reading achievement to inform their teaching. It combines the intelligent power of mobile devices with their accessibility to make formative assessment a practice that teachers can carry out regularly in the classroom.

RTI is deploying Tangerine:Class™ along with additional multimedia teaching aids in Kenya, under the Primary Math and Reading program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID/PRIMR).  The m-learning products have undergone different stages of developmental validation in Kenya with PRIMR teachers and coaches to ensure that the products meet the needs of teachers and align with the realities of the Kenyan classroom. Early lessons learned will be discussed to the extent possible.

Sarah Lucas Pouezevara

Ms. Pouezevara has 13 years of experience as an education and development specialist with international nongovernmental organizations, United Nations organizations, multilateral and bilateral donors, universities, and charitable foundations. Her expertise lies in the areas of ICT in basic and higher education, mobile learning, open and distance learning, facilitation of ICT-enabled communities of practice, and teacher professional development. Since 2009, Ms. Pouezevara has supported early grade reading assessments and reading improvement programs in Egypt, Senegal, Mali, Malawi, Liberia, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Philippines. She contributed to the conceptualization and development of RTI’s custom interface for collecting EGRA data on low-cost mobile devices (Tangerine™), and other complementary ICT-enabled teaching tools for literacy and teacher professional development. She has been promoting m-learning approaches to open and distance learning in development since 2007, when she designed and implemented a pilot program for the Asian Development Bank in Bangladesh that used mobile phones for teacher training in math and reading. She has recently presented at the 11th international World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning mLearn conference in Helsinki and at the first m-numeracy conference in Berlin. Ms. Pouezevara holds a Master’s Degree in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York, with a specialization in Language, Literacy and Technology and a Bachelor’s Degree in French and German Languages from the University of Colorado in Denver. She is the author and co-author of several publications based on practical implementation of educational innovations.

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