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Agenda for TechCamp: Montevideo- Day 1

Friday, September 30th

9:00-9:30 Registration, networking, coffee and tea
9:30-9:35 Welcome to TechCamp Montevideo

Thomas Lloyd, Charge d’Affairs, US Embassy Montevideo

9:35-9:45 What is TechCamp and Why do I care?

Pedro Fuentes, Digitales por Chile

9:45-10:30 Interactive Plenary: Exploring Perspectives

Suzanne Hall & Noel Dickover, United States Department of State

10:30-10:45 Break


10:45-11:45       Fast-paced Project Presentations

Topic Presenter
#1: Mobile Support for Classroom Learning Sean McDonald, FrontlineSMS
#2: Developing Social Inclusion Through Technology A. Gisselle Burbano, UNESCO
#3: Learning Communities Making a Difference Marie Bjerede, e-Mergents
#4: Collaborative Learning Networks Ed Gragert & Adela Bini, Red Telar-iEARN, Fundación Evolución
#5: Learning English via Mobile Brian Oliver Smith, Urban Planet for Mobile English
#6: Mapping Education Data Eric Gundersen, Development Seed
#7: Open Education Resources Richard Culatta, Federal Government Education Expert
#8: Making OLPC effective Javier Figueroa, Locomotion
#9: Mobile for Assessing Impact and Measurement for Teachers and Students James Eberhard, Mobile Accord
#10: Sustaining Telecom Training Centers in Rural Communities Mirna Gonzales, Dominican National Telecommunications Institute (INDOTEL)
#11: Free Tools and Resources for Technology Integration in the Classroom Mariana Iribarne, Intel
#12: Programming with Scratch (OLPC) Paola Ospina Restrepo, Student


11:45-11:55       Plenary Session




11:55-12:45       Small Group Topical Breakout Discussions

Topic Facilitator
#1: Designing Mobile Education Programs in Rural Areas Sean McDonald, FrontlineSMS
#2: Measurement and Evaluation James Eberhard, Mobile Accord
#3: English Language Learning Options Brian Oliver Smith, Urban Planet for Mobile English
#4: Taking Advantage of Learning Networks Ed Gragert & Adela Bini, Red Telar-iEARN, Fundación Evolución
#5: Uncovering Education Data through Mapping Eric Gundersen, Development Seed
#6: How to Transform the Classroom and content for rural areas Marie Quezada, Fundación Rose
#7: Using Games for Learning Richard Culatta, Federal Government Education Expert
#8: Improving Children’s use of Technology Henry Velez Molina, Fundación Marina Orth
#9: Learning Communities w/students and educators Marie Bjerede e-Mergents
#10: Teacher Development Elsa Barrientos, Edulego

12:45-13:45       Lunch

13:45-13:55       Plenary

13:55-15:00       Interactive Training Stations

Topic Number Tech Facilitator
#1 Mobile for Management: Using FrontlineSMS to Manage Schools Sean McDonald, FrontlineSMS
#2 Mobile Accord for Delivering Education-Related Content James Eberhard, Mobile Accord
#3 Setting up Learning Communities for Effective Learning Marie Bjerede e-Mergents
#4 Collaborative Project Development for Learning Ed Gragert & Adela Bini, Red Telar-iEARN, Fundación Evolución
#5 Developing Mobile Education Learning Options Brian Oliver Smith, Urban Planet for Mobile English
#6 Learn to Make Maps for Education Data Eric Gundersen, Development Seed
#7 Designing Online Learning Richard Culatta, Federal Government Education Expert
#8 Making OLPC effective Javier Figueroa, Locomotion
#9 Teaching Children Programming (OLPC) Henry Velez Molina, Fundación Marina Orth


15:00-15:20       Afternoon break


15:20-15:30       Plenary




15:30-16:20       Small Group Work on Brainstorming Problems

Station Number Facilitator
#1 Mobile Learning Options Sean McDonald, FrontlineSMS
#2 Assessment and Measurement James Eberhard, Mobile Accord
#3 Collaborative Project Development Ed Gragert & Adela Bini, Red Telar-iEARN, Fundación Evolución
#4 Learning Communities w/students and educators Marie Bjerede e-Mergents
#5 Mobile Language Learning Brian Oliver Smith, Urban Planet for Mobile English
#6 Mapping Options Eric Gundersen, Development Seed
#7 Improving Children’s use of Technology Henry Velez Molina, Fundación Marina Orth
#8 How to Transform the Classroom and Content in Rural Areas Marie Quezada, Fundación Rose
#9 Using games for learning Richard Culatta, Federal Government Education Expert
#10 Teacher Development Elsa Barrientos, Edulego


16:20-16:30       Briefs on Brain Storming Sessions


16:30-17:00       Presenting the Results of the Brainstorming Session


18:00-20:00      Happy hour at Gardinia Restaurante

  • Av. Luis Alberto de Herrera 1248 esq. 26 de Marzo
  • Centro Comercial World Trade Center Plaza _ Local 052


Agenda for TechCamp: Montevideo - Day 2

Saturday, October 1st

9:00-9:30       Registration, networking, coffee and tea

9:30-9:35       Opening Plenary Suzanne Hall & Noel Dickover, US State Department

10:00-11:15       Small Groupwork on Identifying Solutions

Topic Number
#1 How can we use technology to improve monitoring and evaluation systems, in terms of formative assessment information, timing and feedback, ease of input/use and cost?
#2 How to use SMS in rural areas with indigenous communities to monitor and evaluate the project development and management life-cycle (data collection, measurement indicators, analysis, needs assessment, monitoring, impact evaluation)
#3 How can teachers, administrators and parents in Costa Rica take advantage of large scale online learning communities to maximize impact of different IT-based education initiatives in Costa-Rica?
#4 How can we use SMS to include parents in the education process (homework, news, events)
#5 How do we create a network of horizontal cooperation between Latin American countries to share good and bad practices in the use of ICT in Education?
#6 How can technology help improve math, science and English Language acquisition levels in Latin America for K-12?
#7 How can we improve literacy and numeracy within marginalized populations and rural areas in Latin America including afro-descendants and indigenous?
#8 Can data visualization of education data help us to be more efficient while providing better situational awareness to people working in the education space
#9 Policy Question: How can we work with the ICT industry, social media platform companies to better meet the needs of parents, society and teachers, promote the good use of technology and encourage better content development?
#10 Policy Question: How can we leverage technology to improve professional development and training for teachers to ensure they meet the appropriate competencies and skills to teach our kids?
#11 Policy Question: For rural schools in Ecuador without internet connectivity or funding, what technology options should we try improve education, and then how can we share this approach across the country?
#12 Policy Question: How can we awaken interest in educators (teachers) to pursue online professional training, and socialize ICT activities within the entire education community?

11:15-11:30       Break

11:30-12:10       Small Group Discussions Continued

12:10-13:10       Lunch

13:10-13:40       Final Small Group Discussions

13:40-14:10       Final Presentations

14:10-14:40       Capstone Discussions

14:40-14:45       Acknowledgements

14:45-14:55       Call to Action and Closing Remarks

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