Its fairly common these days to walk into a university classroom and see students equipped with some amazing gizmos, gadgets and tech giving them the ability to take pictures, record HD video, browse the internet, record audio, and publish content to social media sites. It is fairly uncommon, though, to see those powerful devices being put to use in the learning process.
I set out to integrate these devises into one of our Education for International Development classes this semester. The goal of the class session was to explore (i) the impact violent conflict can have on development, particularly the MDGs, (ii) the role education can play in creating or causing violent conflict, (iii) the role education (formal, nonformal, and informal) can play in building peace, and (iv) the role of technologies, both old and new, and social media in building peace through informal education.
Check out the Storify board to see the final product and to see what was discussed and shared during the class. Continue reading to see how the whole process unfolded.