In order to break from inefficient cost models of education, Ed4.0 seeks to create innovative economical ergonomic models of delivery of education. The Ed4.0 Mobile consists of a 4×4 vehicle customized by Ed4.0 to reach remote village while storing and recharging classroom tents, popup schools, and lessons-in-a-box that can be transported to different parts of the villages to close educational gaps using blended learning approaches and training local teachers to ensure program sustainability. At the heart of this innovation is the commitment to improving the quality of teaching and learning within these educational spaces by staffing the school with teachers trained on Ed4.0 pedagogical programs.
This approach goes beyond understanding education as a unidirectional transfer of knowledge from an ‘expert’ to a ‘novice’ to seeing it as a process by which knowledge is co-constructed and shared by all participants.
Ed4.0 Smart Labs are an innovative way to bring exposure to coding and technology to remote areas not well served by electricity and telecommunications.
A recycled shipping container has been converted to an air-conditioned classroom powered by solar panels. It will include computers and internet connectivity and operate as a standalone unit.
Smart Labs are an effort to break free from the high fixed cost models of education. Such containers usually contain thermostat and other technologies that could be leveraged to calibrate the temperatures for students in rural areas where the weather conditions can be quite harsh.
Future prototypes can support two wind turbines and will also include composting toilets and water purification equipment to purify well water. The lab exterior would reflect the culture of the region it is hosted in
In collaboration with agricultural and sustainability experts, we aim to create a green classroom that aims to teach children about the principles of growing food, sustainability, and nutrition. The classroom farm features aquaponics and hydroponics systems, and produces 37 kinds of fruit, vegetables, herbs and edible flowers.
The classroom uses solar power and pedal power, as banks of bicycles can be used to fire-up laptops, games and juice blenders.
Every 24 days, the classroom produces 400 heads of leafy greens, which are donated to nourish the community’s more needy and vulnerable members, as well as feed pupils
Ed4.0 has developed impactful and detailed content to help teachers upgrade their own skills and learn about the latest developments in the pedagogical field.
The course is structured as a MOOC, allowing for convenient consumption and widespread distribution. The core content is a series of videos that instruct in the progress of different teaching skills. Learners can view this content at their own pace.
Teachers, especially those in remote areas without access to the latest technology, tend to not upgrade their skills. This program will enable them to come in contact with the latest developments in the pedagogical field and periodically refresh their knowledge.
Ed4.0 developed an intervention summer academy program. The summer academy aimed to close the academic achievement gaps in numeracy, and literacy standards for 500+ primary aged children in low SES areas and turn-around schools. 80% of the students made a year’s worth growth in the standards where gaps existed, preparing them for the next academic year.
Fourth Industrial Revolution Accelerated Youth Program
Ed4.0 created a framework for an initiative that introduces the concepts of the fourth industrial revolution to secondary and higher education youth. The framework consisted of elaborating personalized student profiles that served as a basis for the selection of workshops and curricula assigned. At the end of the program, each student graduated with an implementable and agile 4IR career plan.
Financial Literacy & Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program
We worked with the K-12 students to develop a yearlong financial literacy and entrepreneurship program. The program was integrated with the CEE Financial Literacy Standards and consisted of a series of workshops where students developed individual business plans. Students made growth in foundational literacy standards and learned entrepreneurship concepts (e.g. Lean Startup). Select students received funding to pursue their ventures.
21st Century Edtech Platform & Professional Development Initiative
Ed4.0 worked with educators and youth to integrate edtech in everyday classroom instruction over a period of 6 months. The initiative focused on training teachers on differentiated learning, Bloom’s Taxonomy, Backward Design, and edtech integration to create learning programs for the benefit of K-12 students. Teachers made a 4o point average growth on their Digital Skills Assessment (DSA) and students made a year of growth over specific numeracy and literacy standards.
Alignment of National Education Strategy with Labor Market Trends
Ed4.0 conducted a Labor Market Analysis in order to forecast the labor market in 2025 and aligned the National Education Strategy with the findings. A macroeconomic model was built to determine the total labor force across several sectors until 2025 by occupation, gender and nationality. We created labor market projections for the period 2016-2025 and derived four recommendations that are specifically addressing issues around skills and training within the National Education Strategy.