Technology for Development

Big money is behind decarbonization. We don’t need politicians

by |August 3rd, 2017

As featured in the Boston Globe | August 3, 2017 The world is moving to a low-carbon energy system built on wind, hydro, solar, and other zero-carbon sources and the electrification of transport, heating, and industry. Thirty years from now, today’s American fossil fuel giants — ExxonMobil, Chevron, TransCanada, Koch Industries, among others — will be shadows of… read more

Sustainable Digital Learning in Senegal

by |March 13th, 2017

By James Teicher, CEO and Director of CyberSmart Africa, a partner of CSD’s Connect to Learn Initiative. | Featured on the CyberSmart Africa blog, 13 March 2017 I just returned from visiting Potou Elementary School on the edge of the Sahara Desert in rural Senegal. In this remote location it was thrilling to observe teachers collaborating and coaching each… read more

CSD’s Connect to Learn initiative is featured in Glamour Magazine

by |March 22nd, 2016

Glamour Magazine’s Maggie Mertens visited Myanmar in January to learn more about how Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is improving the quality of education for thousands of students in Mon and Bago districts. Connect to Learn, a joint initiative of the Center for Sustainable Development / Earth Institute, Ericsson, and Millennium Promise, aims to ensure all children have… read more

Sustainable ICT in Action: Lessons Learned at Potou Elementary School, Senegal

by |September 9th, 2015

By Jim Teicher, CEO & Director, Cybersmart Africa According to a 2014 UNESCO study of 46 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, in more than half the countries, 80 percent of primary schools have no access to electricity. Millions of children are denied the technology-enabled learning they deserve in our globalized world. In partnership with The Earth… read more

Presenting at American Educational Research Association, April 2015

by |April 13th, 2015

Radhika Iyengar, Director of Education, will be participating in a symposium entitled, “What’s new? Challenges and possibilities for educational innovation around the world”, at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association in Chicago, April 16-20, 2015.  She will be presenting, Real-time Data for Real-time Use: Case Studies from Ghana and Mali. This paper… read more

The Grassroots Rise of a New Learning Technology

by |January 20th, 2015

Lessons Learned From the Field in Potou, Senegal By Jim Teicher, CEO & Director, CyberSmart Africa CyberSmart Africa, a digital learning social enterprise, has been working with The Earth Institute and teachers and students in Potou, Senegal since 2011 to actively test and refine a whole-classroom learning technology solution that has the potential to achieve massive… read more

Pioneering Innovation in the Education of B.Ed. Students in Madhya Pradesh, India: Preparation for the rolling out of a Blended course in 2015

by |December 22nd, 2014

Authors: Jubilee Padmanabhan, Kayhan Sanyal, Kamiya Kumar, Shreyanka Rao, Angelique Mahal, Radhika Iyengar Jubilee Padmanabhan is Head of Education Department, Hindupat Institute of Teacher Training. Kayhan Sanyal is Senior Program Manager at Avanti Fellows, specializing in instructional design using ICT. Kamiya Kumar is a current Master’s of Education degree (M.Ed) student in the Curriculum and… read more

Technology for Accessing, Maintaining, and Using Education Data: Are We There Yet?

by |August 13th, 2014

Authors: Radhika Iyengar  iyengar@ei.columbia.edu Angelique Mahal  amahal@ei.columbia.edu Background to EMIS Countries have been investing in their Education Management Information Systems (EMIS) to collect, manage, display and use education data. EMIS have been used to inform budget and resource allocation (International Institute for Educational Planning [IIEP] 2006; InfoDev, 2006d) and to aid educational management, policy formulation,… read more

Return to Senegal: Success with Digital Learning and the Potential for Scale

by |May 1st, 2014

Author: Jim Teicher, CEO and Director of CyberSmart Africa The CyberSmart Africa team returned to Potou Elementary school in Senegal six weeks after a professional development workshop was held to reinforce whole-class digital learning using a specially adapted interactive whiteboard that can also operate in schools without electricity. We were at the school to observe… read more

Highly Scalable Digital Learning for Potou Elementary School, Senegal

by |March 21st, 2014

Author: Jim Teicher, CEO & Director of CyberSmart Africa In partnership with the Millennium Villages Project in Potou, Senegal, CyberSmart Africa has developed an innovative, highly scalable digital learning solution for sub-Saharan Africa. The “21st Century School-in-a-Box” integrates a specially adapted interactive whiteboard (powered by a solar-charged battery), learning content, teacher training, and broadband access… read more