Panel Presentation TFM108
The Policy Framework for Innovation in Education
Date Thursday, Nov 28 Time – Room Check
Are our schools and higher education institutions equipped as well as our living rooms? Are our government policies supporting the implementation of ed-tech that's suitable for its context? These speakers have great examples of what key policies enable us to take full advantage of the promise of systemic change.
m2more GmbH, Germany
Harald Melcher is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of m2more GmbH, Berlin. Since 2012 m2more develops and implements strategies and concepts in the field of education and media – for companies and institutions and with a strong focus on digitization. Moreover Harald Melcher is Managing Director of m21 Bildungsmedien GmbH, a company offering innovative digital products for schools under the family brand Lerneo.
Harald is an experienced senior manager in the German education and media business. Before starting his own companies he took over responsibility as Managing Director of the privately run AKAD universities, the leading educational publisher Ernst Klett Verlag and, during the 90’s, in the founding and establishing of Cornelsen Software (subsidiary of Cornelsen publishers). He served as member of the board of Didacta Verband, the biggest German education industry association, and currently in two working committees of Bitkom, Germany’s IT industry association.
Mar Camacho Martí
Ministry of Education of the Autonomous Government of Catalonia, Spain
Mòbils.edu: A Springboard Towards Excellence in Mobile Learning
Appointed Director General of Primary and Childhood Education at the Catalan Ministry of Education in July 2018 and Director General of Innovation, Research and Digital Culture in December 2018.
Mar Camacho, PhD is a Former Lecturer on Educational Technology at the Faculty of Education of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Catalonia). She taught in graduate and postgraduate programs related to Educational Technology, with particular emphasis on Mobile Learning and emergent technologies. She is co-author of the first monography on Mobile Learning in Spain, Portugal and Latin America and has led a nation-wide research on the use of tablets in schools and their impact on learning.
She collaborated internationally with other institutions such as UNESCO and the International Telecommunications Union (United Nations) as well and has given keynotes to international audiences.
She is an author of more than 60 scholarly articles. Her activity is credited by a long-term presence and active participation in seminars, roundtables and conferences, that has been transferred to other sectors through her contributions to social projects, the business sector and different media. Always from the Mobile Learning perspective, her present interests concern strategic planning, impact evaluation and digital social innovation.
Ministry of National Education, Poland
The Framework for Innovations in Education
Rafał Lew-Starowicz is a deputy director at the Ministry of National Education in Poland, coordinates the educational policy of innovation in Poland. Graduated from the Faculty of Journalism and Political Science, the University of Warsaw, a PhD (ABD) at the Institute for Media Education, Faculty of Educational Sciences, at the University of Special Education, and Top Public Executive at IESE Business School in Barcelona.
As an employee of the Educational Research Institute, he participated in the evaluation of the “Digital School” Government Programme. Previously, he worked at the Office of the Ombudsman for Children, Office of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, the MaterCare International in Kenya, and directed the work of organizations whose task was to increase the safety of children and youth in the electronic media.
He is a Polish delegate to the OECD Education Policy Committee, the European Commission Working Group on Digital Skills and Competences and the Consultative Committee of the “Safer Internet” in Poland, an expert at “Classroom 2.0” Project. Member of the Media Pedagogy Team at the Committee on Education Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences and 2020 Driving K-12 Innovation Advisory Board (The Consortium for School Networking CoSN).
He has been a member of the the PIAAC and PISA Boards of Participating Countries, Pan European Game Information Council (PEGI). He is the author of several publications on the safety of children and youth on the Internet.
Teach First Germany, Germany
Digital Education at Teach First Deutschland
Ulf Matysiak is one of six shareholders of Teach First Deutschland and has been holding the position of CEO since 2011. As part of Teach First Deutschland’s founding team he was responsible for the development of the pedagogical concept. Before joining Teach First Deutschland, Ulf worked as a teacher for German as a foreign language as well as a teacher trainer at International House Berlin.
Ulf’s passion for education and policy already shone through quite early in his life when he became the students‘ representative of his high school in the Black Forest region. He continued his work on education, youth, and community in political engagement on a municipal as well as state level before and during his studies of Law and Education Science until he returned to his childhood home of Berlin.
Ulf still lives in Berlin, only a few hundred meters from where he was born and spend his childhood, now with his wife and son.
DG Education, Sport, Youth and Culture, Brussels
Bartek Lessaer, a sociologist by training, graduated from the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland in 1996, policy analyst at the European Commission's DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture since 2016, coordinating the Education and Training Monitor, European Commission's flagship publication on education. Earlier, a socio-economic analyst at DG Employment and Social Affairs. Bartek specialising in measuring skills, social inclusion and social progress. Before joining the European Commission in 2007, Bartek was a researcher at the Centre for Comparative Studies of Civilisation in Cracow, analysing Holocaust remembrance in Poland and community conflicts in the Middle East. In his spare time, Bartek enjoys tennis and guitar.