Education in the Digital Age – A Multi-Regional Project

Education in the Digital Age IVLP participants (Photo Credit: Cynthia Norcross Willson)

Bringing together educators, administrators, and technologists, this program aimed to connect innovators in digital learning. Programming in Washington D.C. and Boston provided the opportunity to understand the U.S. education system, review trends in educational technologies and examine approaches to preparing teachers and classrooms to incorporate digital tools in their pedagogy. Splitting the group for smaller city stops in Kansas City, Iowa City, Louisville, and Springfield, gave an opportunity to see student learning first hand and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of incorporating new technologies with local decision makers. This included exploring issues of access to technology and leveraging technology in non-formal (or non credit earning) education. Finally, the group reconvened in San Francisco to meet with tech entrepreneurs using state-of-the-art software, start-up frameworks, and business partnerships to improve learning and 21st century skills. Program participants came away inspired to promote flipped learning in their home contexts. They also had concrete ideas for future collaborations, like developing apps and sharing resources (both research and hardware, like digital books or affordable student laptops) with their interlocutors in the U.S. and their new international network.

Sponsors and Partners

U.S. Department of State
Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC)
World Affairs Council of Kentucky & Southern Indiana
Global Ties Kansas City
Global Ties San Francisco
Springfield Commission on International Visitors

Project summary