Ruminations of a Modern Polyglot

I’ve had to have a bit of a rethink of the word “polyglot” in my tenure so far at Mobility Labs. The word itself stems from the Greek words polu-, meaning “many”, and -glotta, meaning “tongue”.  In linguistic terms, it refers to someone that is fluent in more than one spoken language.  In my spare […]




On Starting My New Job at Mobility Labs

I have been known to paraphrase President Barack Obama’s first inaugural address in remarking that the “patchwork heritage” of my own work history is a strength, not than a weakness. Different company types, different clients, different workflows and organizational structures, different people and software and office architecture. At times it felt less like a patchwork […]




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 […]


App development benefits people with disabilities in Colombia

Colombia, like most countries, struggles with meeting the needs of the disabled community. There are 2.9 million Colombians with some type of disability. Only 15.5% of disable population are currently in the work force, the ministry of new technologies believes this data indicates that this is a problem which needs to be addressed. Technology, especially […]


How Long till the Internet Kills the Newspaper?

Newspapers therefore become more necessary in proportion as men become more equal and individualism more to be feared. To suppose that they only serve to protect freedom would be to diminish their importance: they maintain civilization. I shall not deny that in democratic countries newspapers frequently lead the citizens to launch together into very ill-digested […]