Socio-Emotional Learning and EdTech in a Post-Pandemic World

Date: 23 March 2022
2:30pm – 5:00pm UK time.

Socioemotional Learning (SEL) encompasses a wide range of skills, attitudes and competencies which serve as strong determinants of an individual’s well being. Globally, the interest in building SEL has been on the rise over the last two decades, but the Covd-19 pandemic has made the need to focus on these skills a lot more immediate.

While the pandemic has underscored the need for SEL, it has also played a key role in accelerating a shift towards digitization across all sectors and significantly in education. How does this rapid expansion of technology impact and support SEL, and what does the future have in-store for socio-emotional learning?

Expert panelists discussed the need for socio-emotional skills in the post-pandemic world, and the role technology can play in building them. 

Event Breakdown:
The event duration of 150 minutes was divided into two hour long panel discussions with experts from the field of educational research, policy, and practice along with funders and a half hour presentation by the team at HundrEd, showcasing a series of interventions at the intersection of SEL and EdTech.
  1. The first panel discussed key SEL competencies that need to be developed in the digitally enhanced post pandemic world, especially in lower-middle income country contexts. Bringing together insights from Ha Yeon Kim, a Senior Research Scientist at NYU, Jennifer Sklar, Director of Education at International Rescue Committee (IRC), Jayshree Eberoi, Akanksha Foundation, India and Rona Bronwin, Education Adviser at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).
  2. The next session was a presentation by, Saku Tuominen and Crystal Green from HundrED on cutting-edge innovations at the intersection of SEL and EdTech from across the world. 
  3. We then moved to the second panel featuring Donika Dimovska, Chief Knowledge Officer at Jacobs Foundation, Elisabeth McClure, Research Specialist at the Lego Foundation, and Vyjayanthi Sankar, Founder of Centre for Science of Student Learning. 
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