A day in the life of a teacher in Medellín

This profile aims to highlight the work of an outstanding teacher in Colombia. I met Virginia Gómez as part of the Mobility Labs research during a visit to the Marina Orth School, a public school in a rural area of Medellín, supported by the Marina Orth Foundation. Virginia Gómez looks at a TV displaying a […]

Why Just Having the Technology Isn’t Enough

One reason I find educational technology so exciting is the potential to increase equity in education. Last fall, I was lucky enough to come across Mark Warschauer’s Learning in the Cloud: How (and Why) to Transform Schools with Digital Media. This book examines the ways that schools use technology and the obstacles to fully integrating […]

SXSW Offshoot Explores Intersection of Education and Technology

  Austin, Texas, and the SXSW Interactive festival have long been an important annual pilgrimage for the technology community. A recent offshoot, SXSWedu, is growing to occupy a similar place in the education technology community. Mobility Labs joined thousands of teachers, education leaders, entrepreneurs, and others in Austin last week for this year’s event. The […]

Mobility Labs Visits a Rural School Using Escuela Nueva

The Mobility Labs research team recently visited a rural school in Santa Elena, Colombia using the innovative Escuela Nueva model of teaching. This method has been used in Colombia since the 1970’s and has been getting more international attention including recently being highlighted in this New York Times column. The foundation Escuela Nueva is located in Bogotá […]

Obama Announces New Student Data Privacy Act

This week, President Obama announced that he would be proposing legislation to increase protections on the data privacy of students. The actual legislation is expected to be submitted by the end of February. There is an abundance of research that shows gathering and analyzing data on student performance can greatly enhance educational outcomes. As students […]