Create inclusion, opportunity and education using mobile phones- video, texts and app.
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My organization has been using a blended learning model to overcome obstacles to education for adults. With the current crisis, we wanted to find a feasible way to continue education remotely without losing the teacher:student interaction and student:student collaboration. To do this we have re-engaged some older aspects of distance learning. Students are given paper manuals of the chosen curriculum. These include explanations, new concepts and learning activities. The completed learning activities can be submitted through photo text. Instructors provide feedback on activities. Every week instructors hold synchronous class time using video applications (presently we use google video chats). Here students can teach and students can collaborate with one another. These meetings are recorded and uploaded for students who were unable to attend the meeting. Each week students receive, via text, a 10-15 minute supplemental video emphasizing important concepts. Within each video are embedded assessments which provide students real time feedback and provide teachers with date on viewership and comprehension. Students may text instructors throughout the day for feedback and to answer questions. Students may also make 30 minute appointments each week to meet with their teacher 1:1 via video chat. In order to overcome the need for continued internet access we are developing an app to serve as the primary repository of knowledge. We use a blended method of paper, video and text to build community, engage our learners and teach. An added bonus of this method is the emphasis on digital literacy as a component to any subject. We are developing an element of gamification and badges/achievements to further engage students.