Edith Saldivar, MPIA '06, Discusses the Use of IT in Education
Wireless Learning: How Mobile Technology is Transforming Classrooms and Empowering Young Women in Jordan
Edith Saldivar, National Geographic
Technology in classrooms often seems like an add-on, an extra luxury for developed education systems. But, as Edith Saldivar explains in today’s Digital Diversity, IT can help students all over the world learn in entirely new ways. The company Edith works for, Qualcomm, has been helping students in Jordan use IT to transform their education – in particular young women. This work is carried out through their Wireless Reach™ initiative, a program that brings wireless technology to underserved communities globally. To date, Wireless Reach has 64 projects in 27 countries. Edith explains the surprising effects it has had in Jordan’s schools, below.
Digital Diversity is a series of blog posts from kiwanja.net about the way mobile phones and other appropriate technologies are being used throughout the world to improve, enrich, and empower billions of lives. This edition was curated by our Media and Research Assistant, Olivia O’Sullivan.
Edith Saldivar is a graduate of University of California, Santa Cruz, where she was awarded honors in the Global Economics/Latin American and Latino Studies major. In addition, she received her Master’s degree in international affairs at the UCSD School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. Prior to her work at Qualcomm, Saldivar was an economic development coordinator, responsible for creating and expanding programs to ensure the economic vitality of downtown El Cajon, California. She also worked at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), as a research assistant, where she helped advance wireless telecommunication capabilities in rural Oaxaca for a transnational project supported by UCSD, USAID and Qualcomm. She currently serves as Wireless Reach™ staff analyst within Qualcomm’s Government Affairs department. She is also on the board of directors for Izcalli, a community-based non-profit with a focus on community and youth development.