Unlocking Learning: The use of education technology to support disadvantaged children’s language learning and social inclusion in Italy

Unlocking Learning: The use of education technology to support disadvantaged children’s language learning and social inclusion in Italy

AUTHOR(S)
Svetlana Poleschuk; Thomas Dreesen; Barbara D’Ippolito; Joaquín Cárceles

Published: 2023 Innocenti Research Report
In Italy, more than 700,000 asylum seekers and migrants arrived in the country between 2014-2020. Newly arrived children including refugees and migrants need to quickly acquire Italian skills to succeed in school and society. To help address this urgent need, the Akelius digital learning application was introduced in Bologna and Rome for Italian and English language learning in the 2021/22 school year. This research presents findings from the first year of implementation of the Akelius digital learning application in Italy. Results show the use of the application supported self-paced learning, boosted students’ motivation and confidence and the use of the tool was especially beneficial for newly arrived children and children with disabilities. The report also explores challenges and good practices to inform improvements in the use of digital learning in classrooms. 
Unlocking Learning: The use of digital learning to support the education and inclusion of refugees and migrant children in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Unlocking Learning: The use of digital learning to support the education and inclusion of refugees and migrant children in Bosnia and Herzegovina

AUTHOR(S)
Svetlana Poleschuk; Andrea Soldo; Thomas Dreesen

Published: 2023 Innocenti Research Report

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the number of refugees and migrants arriving in the country has increased from just a few dozen arrivals annually prior to 2017 to 95,000 between 2018 and 2022. This increase has put incredible strain on the country’s education systems.

This research presents critical findings on the implementation and effectiveness of the Akelius digital learning application in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which was introduced as a tool to support refugee and migrant children’s English and German language learning.

The findings demonstrate that using the digital application in a blended learning approach in classrooms was especially useful for personalizing learning and supporting children with diverse learning levels and needs.

The report also explores the challenges faced, and good practices to tangibly improve the implementation of digital learning in classrooms. 

Unlocking Learning: The co-creation and effectiveness of a digital language learning course for refugees and migrants in Greece

Unlocking Learning: The co-creation and effectiveness of a digital language learning course for refugees and migrants in Greece

AUTHOR(S)
Despina Karamperidou; Nikoletta Theodorou; Thomas Dreesen; Mathieu Brossard; Akito Kamei; Javier Santiago Ortiz Correa

Published: 2020 Innocenti Research Report
Cite this publication | No. of pages: 42 | Thematic area: Education | Tags: computer programmes, education, migrants, refugees
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