Since its inception, the eLearning Innovations Conference has had the honour of hosting the best minds in education technology and innovation, and this year is no different. As we look forward to the conference in September, we'd like to share profiles of our Keynote speakers with you. These individuals have been carefully selected to reflect our theme 'Changing Lives through eLearning/ Mobile Education'.
This week, we introduce Esther Gacicio, Assistant Director (eLearning) and Curriculum Specialist at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development. Happy reading!
Above: Ms. Esther Gacicio proudly holding her Global LearnTech Award for excellence in eLearning, received in July, 2015, during the World Education Congress held in Mubai, India.
Picture: TALENTS Coaching and Consulting.
Esther Gacicio, Assistant Director (eLearning ) and Curriculum Specialist at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), brought home the prestigious Global LearnTech Award for Excellence in eLearning, and was the only African to receive an award at this year’s World Education Congress. Ms. Gacicio accepted the win at a ceremony held on July 25, 2015, in Mumbai, India.
Esther’s day-to-day activities at the KICD position her at the centre of the digital education revolution in Kenya, a role she is both passionate about, and well qualified for. It is no wonder, then, that the global community took notice.
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Web and mobile learning technologies are rapidly gaining popularity in Kenya, a phenomenon viewed as a win for literacy levels in the country, and one that multi-sector organisations are all too eager to invest in.
Esther is currently involved in the Digital Literacy Programme (DLP) at the KICD, focusing on capacity building, where teachers will receive training and skills required for effective implementation of the programme. The specifics of the DLP will form the basis of Esther’s keynote address at the 3rd Annual eLearning Innovations Conference, set to take place from September 28 to October 2, 2015, at the KICD campus in Nairobi.
Praising the conference’s eLearning promotion efforts over the last two years, Esther said, “Too often the concept of online learning has been deemed foreign, and not easily achievable, but the eLearning Innovations Conference features the expertise, professionalism and networks necessary to advance delivery of educational content to a greater audience, using media that are already easily accessible; mobile phones and the internet.”
Esther insists that much more can be done for the sake of learning, especially by using already available tools like mobile phones. A majority of teachers own smartphones, and have access to the internet, meaning information and teaching tools are literally in their hands. Teachers are education’s best spokespeople, and once they are reached, then it will only be a matter of time before the entire society is positively impacted.
“It is no longer a matter of when, but how technology in schools will be introduced,” Esther states, adding, “I want to appeal for a change in attitude among teachers, and ask them to embrace technology not just for teaching purposes, but for their own development as well. We cannot afford to be illiterate when we are surrounded by so much opportunity for growth.”
On her award, Esther shares that it serves as motivation to do better. She says, “An award of such global magnitude only confirms that I need to keep improving myself, and ultimately improving my contribution to excellence for my country and the world at large.”
The 3rd Annual eLearning Innovations Conference is a private-public partnership between TALENTS Coaching and Consulting, and the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD). Both are committed to promoting excellence in the development and delivery of quality digital content for learning.
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