The IgnitED Labs strives to collaborate with amazing programs and causes to help expand the reach of educational technology.
Arizona Academic Decathlon
January - March 2021
Understanding the Arizona Academic Decathlon was facing challenges hosting its annual, regional, and state events due to the pandemic, IgnitED Labs connected with the organization as a sponsor to facilitate speech and interview events through Zoom. Ignited Labs leveraged technology to make these events accessible to students, coaches, and judges and ensure hundreds of Arizona high school students have been able to compete and prepare for the national finals.
Fulbright International Scholars
2019 - present
For the past two years, educators who have been part of the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program for International Teachers have spent time in the Tempe lab location as part of their experiences at ASU. We have been proud to collaborate with representatives from the Center for Advanced Studies in Global Education, specifically Dr. Leanna Archambault, in support of providing these educators learning sessions about emerging technologies and their integration into educational experiences.
Public Affairs Sector of US Embassy Rabat and MLFTC
January - June 2020
College members have been working with partners in Morocco in support of their initiatives related to educational reform. Due to travel restrictions, much of the learning exchange has been occurring through webinars. The IgnitED Labs team has developed protocols for facilitating these international webinars with language interpretation, recordings, and certificate recognition for the participants, which have numbered over 1,000 and included representatives from 20 countries.
Sun Devil Learning Labs
Starting March of 2020, our team has been collaborating with the Office of Professional Experiences to find and implement solutions resulting from school closures related to COVID. This work included managing Zoom and YouTube live streaming for Sun Devil Learning Labs for teacher candidates teaching lessons to students viewing from all over the country. We also edited and posted recorded teaching sessions and learning guides for 517 separate lessons during the next iteration of Sun Devil Learning Labs. Fall 2021 called for us to edit and upload videos from teacher candidates teaching in virtual environments.
The Principled Innovation (PI) core value of the college is reflected in the IgnitED Labs work of approaching technology through a humanistic lens. Our work around new and emerging technologies considers the broader impact of technology in education and society. Our labs take an agnostic approach to technology – asking questions and seeking to better understand the consequences of new technological innovations or disruptions. We work to gain a deeper understanding of the unintended consequences, challenges, and issues that may not be represented in the initial application or diffusion of the technology. Through the PI Framework we challenge ourselves and our communities to think beyond the surface level use or benefit of any new technology and ask reflective questions to help think through their potential and offer strategies on how to mitigate identified issues as they create, explore, and consume emerging technology.