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Technology and Innovation

Teachers in Crisis Contexts Working Group: Strengthening teacher professional development

9 August 2017

by Mary Mendenhall, Ed.D., Assistant Professor of Practice at Teachers College, Columbia University

This post was originally published on the Promising Practices in Refugee Education website.

As we work to improve the overall quality and effectiveness of our humanitarian responses by improving coordination, reducing duplication, and trying to mitigate the competitive environment in

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Help promote new Arabic literacy apps

9 May 2017

Help us reach Syrian out-of-school children with free Arabic literacy apps

Through the international innovative EduApp4Syria competition, the Norwegian government and several international partners sourced the development of two smartphone apps that can help Syrian children (aged 5-10) learn to read in Arabic and improve their psychosocial wellbeing.

The two winning games were selected from 78 submissions

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Educating refugees: Old ways of working aren’t good enough

10 April 2017

This article was originally posted by Aaron Benavot, Director of the UNESCO Gem Report on Promising Practices in Refugee Education


The plight of refugees is in the news every day, and not a moment too soon. Refugee children and adolescents suffer from having almost all of their rights taken from them at one

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Learning on the run: using ICT for education in emergencies

20 March 2017

This article was originally posted by GEM Report on the World Education Blog.  

Natural disasters, extreme weather, bombings and protracted armed conflict can destroy schools and undermine the normalcy of school life. Given the complexity of how education is impacted by emergencies, innovative solutions are needed to ensure that disruption to education is minimized. Mobile learning

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Norway launches innovative learning games for children affected by war and crisis

20 March 2017

Norway has today launched a new development tool that makes it possible for children to learn to read in areas where schools have been bombed and teachers and families have been forced to flee. With the help of some of the world’s tech giants, Norway has developed two game-based learning apps that can be used anywhere.


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7 Recommendations to improve teacher professional development in fragile contexts

29 November 2016

By Mary Burns, Education Development Center James Lawrie, Save the Children  INEE Secretariat 

Quality teaching and student learning are tightly interconnected. Together they form two sides of a triangle. The third side of this triangle is often overlooked, but is also integral to teaching quality and student learning—quality instruction and preparation for teachers.Read more

[SG Blog Series] Literacy and wellbeing – coming soon to a phone near you!

29 September 2016

By Randi Gramshaug, Senior Adviser, Norad  

Can smartphones be used to help displaced Syrian children learn to read?

Can mobile apps help fill the gaps in education for these children and millions of others affected by crisis and conflict?

With these questions in mind, in September 2015, the Norwegian Government, along with a

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Webinar: Education and forced displacement – How can technology make a difference?

3 May 2016

Date: 18 May 2016 Time: 9:30-11am EST / 3:30-5 pm CEST (90min.) Hosted by: INEE; BMZ/GIZ; UNHCR Partners: World Vision International, All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development (USAID, World Vision, and the Australian Government), Creative Associates International  

Recording and presentations Below are links to the webinar recording

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3 Ways Technology Could Support Education for Displaced Children

7 April 2016

Written by Eva Kaplan and Yazeed Sheqem. This article was orignially published by Technology Salon.



Currently it is estimated that there are 4.6 million Syrian refugees; 6.6 million displaced persons inside Syria. Of these, half are children. In March, Technology Salon Amman brought together people

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Education in Emergencies and Technology Panel at CIES 2016

29 February 2016

CIES 2016 -- the 60th annual conference of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) -- will focus on the theme ‘Taking Stock and Looking Forward’.

From 6-10 March, academics, practitioners, and students will gather in Vancouver, Canada, to look back at what has changed over the last 60 years and think about their vision and goals

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