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Season 2, Episode 13 - Teach & Learn

The Digital School’s Road to One Million Learners With Dr. Lesley Snowball

Join us for a chat with Dr. Lesley Snowball on how technology is opening up access to education for refugees.

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An introduction to Dr. Lesley Snowball


Lesley discusses her love for using disruptive technologies in teaching throughout her career


Lesley shares why she’s so passionate about curriculum design and creating spaces that allow for more inclusive education


Lesley discusses the background and structure of The Digital School and shares how she landed there


The challenges that come with scaling and entering new countries, and how The Digital School is working to solve them


What’s next for The Digital School and Lesley

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 13 of Teach & Learn: A podcast for curious educators, brought to you by D2L. Hosted by Dr. Cristi Ford, VP of Academic Affairs at D2L, the show features candid conversations with some of the sharpest minds in the K-20 education space. We discuss trending educational topics, teaching strategies and delve into the issues plaguing our schools and higher education institutions today.

Episode Description  

As educators, we know that knowledge is power. Nowhere is this more evident than in underserved and displaced populations. According to the United Nations, nearly half of all refugee children are not attending school. Thankfully, there are initiatives and individuals doing the work to help increase access to education for refugee populations.

In this episode of the Teach & Learn podcast, Dr. Cristi Ford talks to Dr. Lesley Snowball, educational director for The Digital School, the first integrated digitally enabled school which provides digital and hybrid learning to refugees. They discuss:

  • How The Digital School is working to provide access to education for refugee populations
  • How Dr. Snowball uses her passions for self-directed learning and curriculum design to create inclusive education spaces
  • The successes and challenges of The Digital School’s partnerships with various countries
  • The Digital School’s plans for expansion, with a focus on Southern Africa


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