Vinod Karate is social entrepreneur. He has spent over 10 years in the education space mainly exploring how teachers can supported to improve outcomes for government systems serving children from the poorest communities. He was a co founder at STIR education where he experimented with ideas of teacher networks to drive intrinsic motivation to make teachers change catalysts. He was involved in scaling STIR‚Äôs model to over 1,80,000 teachers in India and Uganda. He founded TheTeacherApp in 2016 and has created an ed-tech venture to learn critical answers in rethinking teacher training.
Prior to focusing on development sector full time, he has worked in banking industry and learned his ropes at banks like ICICI Bank, Lehman Brothers and Nomura. He has degree in Physics and Masters in Human Resources from Delhi School of Economics.
He has presented his learning at OECD conference on education 2014, BRAC summit for innovation 2015, AVPN education summit 2017, GITEX technology summit 2018, UNESCO MGIEP conference 2017
Every teacher will learn and grow anytime, anywhere at zero cost
“Providing literacy outcomes to first generation learners is a challenge. Training teachers with concepts of how children acquire literacy skills is a crucial factor to improve this situation. With over 90% of 9 million government teachers in India having access to a smartphone, is there a hope to support our teachers better to improve literacy outcomes?
TheTeacherApp shares lessons of integrating technology and academia to create a world where teachers can learn anytime anywhere at zero cost”
“There are 9 million teachers in India. We add 9 lakh teachers to that pool every year. 6 out of 7 teachers fail the teacher eligibility test. There are wide spread reports which suggest that teachers don‚Äôt have adequate knowledge of concepts themselves. Even though our curriculum frameworks adopt progressive literacy teaching ideas, teachers aren‚Äôt trained about progressive ideas of language acquisition by young children. Its been a consistent challenge for governments to provide continuous support to teachers to integrate such knowledge in their practice to improve literacy outcomes to children. This is a challenge in all developing world.
TheTeacherApp is not for profit, which has attempted to solve this challenge in India. We have innovated the MOOC format to work for low resourced teachers. We have created a unique content creation process where academician can create high quality digital learning experiences for teachers to learn. These digital learning experiences are modular, done in vernacular language, done in audio-video interactive format, consumes less than 100 mb data, works offline and is free. We believe in working with the government system and at scale. We have created partnerships with four state governments in India and have integrated over 40 hours of content on language acquisition for teachers into their teacher training structures. So far we have successfully trained over 300,000 teachers in India.
In our presentation, we would share
– How academician can create high quality digital learning experiences without technologist involved.
– What are the key consideration to measure quality of digital content for teachers and how does one create a process to guard and improve the same
– How does one integrate a tech solution in a government system and create influencers and structures to support teachers
– How does one measure the impact of digital content on teacher knowledge and practice