It’s truly a pleasure to be taking this course with all of you.
I’ve been passionate about literacy and technology for a while now and this course feels like a great space to further that passion.
A bit about me, as a student who grew up with dyslexia, I struggled academically and it took me ages to learn how to read. I was lucky to have access to great technology and extra tutors/reading centers and they brought me up to speed. Years later, I had found my academic stride and was pursuing a masters degree at UBC. I ended up traveling to Uganda to collect data and something remarkable happened. I spent time with students and teachers in rural classes and realized something important, had I grown up in one of the rural, underserved communities, I would never have been able to complete my education and my parents likely would not have been able to justify educational expenditure on their dyslexic son. I would have made a great farm hand.
This realization and a great deal of time and work in Uganda gave me unique insights into the educational system. With these insights and a pure naivete, I developed a reading technology called SiMBi. Feel free to check out Anderson Cooper explaining how the technology works HERE.
Through the process of this course, I’m hoping to further the technology and meet like-minded people to challenge me at every juncture.
Otherwise, when I’m not studying, I am teaching Economics, ECON 201/101 or biking and exploring this beautiful city and the surrounding nature.