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mEducation (Mobile) in the Developing World - Panelist Bios

mEducation (Mobile) in the Developing World - Panelist Bios

The wide availability and lowering costs of a range of mobile devices has created new opportunities for education and learning in areas where Internet access may be limited or non-existent. Yet, there are still significant institutional constraints that impact wider scale adoption and utilization, particularly in developing countries. Join us for a lively and provocative interview panel of leading education and technology specialists sharing insights of their favorite technology-supported projects, but also discussing the challenges to fully realizing the potential of existing tools and technologies.

Tony Bloome (Moderator) - USAID

Anthony Bloome is USAID's senior education technology specialist. He provides guidance for Agency support for and investments in a broad range of technologies to advance quality educational outcomes. For USAID, he serves as the Director of both the All Children Reading Grand Challenge for Development and the Mobiles for Education Alliance, an international consortium of organizations dedicated to improving access to appropriate, scalable and low-cost mobile technologies to help improve learning outcomes, especially in low-resource and developing country contexts. Prior to joining USAID, he served as Peace Corps' global technology for development specialist and as a distance education specialist for the World Bank working in Washington, D.C. and Zimbabwe on technologies for education, HIV/AIDS, and youth and workforce development among other topic areas. He has an M.A. in International Telecommunications.

Rebecca Leege - World Vision

Rebecca Leege, Project Director - All Children Reading with World Vision, oversees the All Children Reading Grand Challenge (ACR GC) Round 2 Fund Management Project. Most recently, she has overseen WV’s management of All Children Reading Round 1 awardees. She is the former Director for Child Development and Protection at World Vision United States, a team focused on child protection, education and gender issues. She has a Master of Science in Multinational Commerce from Boston University.

Cecilia Martins - Organization of American States

A citizen from Argentina, she works for the Department of Human Development Education and Employment (DHDEE) at the Organization of American States (OAS) located in Washington DC, USA. As a specialist, her work focuses on negotiating, designing, coordinating and implementing Virtual Education and Training Initiatives; as well as building an strengthening partnerships that promotes mobilization and knowledge sharing within the region. She completed an undergraduate degree in Educational Sciences from the National University of La Plata, Argentina, a Masters in Information and Communication Technologies for Education at the National University on Distance Education, Spain, and is currently a PhD candidate in Education and Communication in Digital Environments for the Knowledge Society. She has more than 23 years of experience working on ICT4D specifically in education projects at the public and private level. Has implemented different distance and virtual education projects both in the academic and public sector. Since 2002, the year she started at the OAS, she has participated as a panelist and speaker in numerous activities organized by member states.

Michael Trucano - World Bank

Michael Trucano is the World Bank's Senior ICT and Education Policy Specialist, serving as the organization's focal point on issues at the intersection of technology use and education in middle- and low-income countries and emerging markets around the world.

At a practical working level, Mike provides policy advice, research and technical assistance to governments seeking to utilize new information and communication technologies (ICTs) in their education systems.

Current and recent areas of notable activity and attention includeICT/education policy development; the development ofnational agencies leading educational technology initiatives; new directions in educational publishing; the use of mobile devices (especially mobile phones) in education; developing standards for globally comparable data related to technology use in education; assessing the impact of technology use in education'new economy skills'child Internet safety; and low-cost 'ICT devices'.

A frequent public speaker on the use of technology in education around the world, and on ICT use for development (ICT4D) purposes more broadly, he is the principal voice behind the World Bank's influential EduTech blog. In addition to his advisory work on projects funded by the World Bank and other international aid agencies and donors, he serves on a number of external advisory boards for non-profit groups and prize committees and organizes off-the-record efforts to help groups learn from 'failed' projects and initiatives.

On the research side, Mike leads the World Bank's related analytical work under its flagship Systems Approach for Better Education Results initiative as it relates to information and communication technologies (SABER-ICT).

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