I enjoy constructing, designing and delivering enriching learning experiences that harness an individual's creativity, curiosity and crtical thinking.
I am particularly inspired by Freirean critical pedagogy and Piaget's constructivist philosophies. Being in the classroom is also a core way for me to build empathy with educators and students.
CS 51 // CS+Social Good Studio
A 10-week, 2-unit course where students design, prototype and develop their own social impact project together with a community impact partner, with a human-centered approach.
After conducting a survey of 100 students, we learnt that students often find it difficult to work on social impact projects because
- a) narrowing a broad domain interest into a specific topic is difficult,
- b) students don't receive ample mentorship in applying tech for social impact,
- c) students are ill-equipped to access and work with populations underserved by technology
- d) students often don't dedicate enough time for a meaningful experience
This class was set up to tackle these issues, and provide a channel and ample resources for students to apply technology to social impact. This is the 2nd year I am organizing this course, after the pilot met with resounding success.
"I’m glad that we were so excited that as a team we contributed a lot of our time to the process. I would definitely recommend studio to someone just because there is so much support in terms of finding people and getting feedback and that makes the process so much easier and more enriching" - Studio '16 Student
EDUC 180S // The Silicon Classroom
A 10-week, 1-unit course, and Alternative Spring Break trip around the Bay Area that investigates the relationship between education, technology and equity in our digital world.
Through in-class discussions, interactive exercises, field trips to organizations that work in the intersection of education, technology and equity, as well as a quarter-long service-learning project, students learnt to
- a) Synthesize an informed and nuanced personal perspective on how technology can be designed with improving educational equity in mind
- b) Build a critical understanding of technology’s complex and evolving interactions with the other stakeholders in the educational system
- c) Become active participants in conversations and projects surrounding education, technology, and equity, favoring action over apathy
In the post-class survey, 100% of students would recommend the course to their friends. One student wrote: Expect to signicantly widen your perspective on edtech and equity while building strong bonds with your classmates!