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iHub Research By Anne / April 6, 2014

NRBUZZ: What role does research play in edTech?

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iHub Research  is excited to host this month’s NRBuzz, on Thursday 10TH April from 5.30 PM focusing on the EDTECH scene. This session will bring together start-ups and established entrepreneurs in the EDTECH scene to share their experiences from implementation of their platforms in education institutions and the role that research plays in their work.

Technology use in the education sector is steadily picking up with many institutions beginning to adopt that practice. In the past, the major challenge was getting the teachers to accept to use the technology in the classrooms without feeling that it was a threat to their livelihood. Although this fear has not been completely eradicated, there is a steady increase in adoption of educational technologies by students and educators in the classrooms.

In a previous article, we spoke about the evolution of edtech. This month’s NRBuzz delves a bit further into the topic to explore how Kenyan some entrepreneurs are leveraging research to gain insights to better implement their applications. The idea is to have the  entrepreneurs talk about their applications, the research processes they currently implement as well as offer advice on navigating the edtech scene. Isn’t this a good opportunity to learn from those who have been there?

There will be featured presentations from eLimu and eneza education.

Eneza eduation will talk about the impact reports they have been releasing and the way they have gone about it. eLimu will talk about the importance of monitoring and evaluatory research by presenting results from schools that are already using the eLimu app in Kibera and Kawangware . eLimu will talk about the challenges of education research such as developing age-appropriate and relevant data collection methods and the new and exciting student-feedback collection methods that it is developing.  NRBUZZ will also feature speakers who have implemented the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) program in Kenya.


Date: 10th April 2014 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 

Venue: iHub , 4th Floor – Bishop Magua Building, Ngong Road


Kindly RSVP here to attend



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Author : Anne

Anne Salim studies the growth of African mobile-based education with a focus on the sustainable use of technologies in schools. Anne is currently a researcher at iHub, where she leads the program on M-Governance. The study has focused on the role of mobile devices for enhancing transparency in governance of the water sector. Anne studied Business Information Technology from Strathmore University and her interests include applying Design Thinking processes to Kenya, as well as facilitating Hackathon events.

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  • Steve Nguru at 08:39:03AM Tuesday, April 8, 2014

    Timely. Look forward to attending.


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