Cristina Ponte

Cristina Ponte, PhD in Communication Studies (2002) is Full Professor of Media and Journalism Studies at Universidade NOVA (NOVA FCSH). She is member of the Management Groups in the ySkills Project  and the EU Kids Online network. She has a wide experience on leading international and large teams of researchers: in the COST Action IS0906, Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies (2010-2014), she coordinated the WG ‘Audience Transformation and Social Integration’ (40+ participants from 17 countries). She led two funded projects – Children and Young People in the News (2005-2007) and Digital Inclusion and Participation (2009-2011), the later with the University of Texas at Austin – both involving interdisciplinary teams. With a background in Education, she was vice-chair of the Audience and Reception Section (2008-2012) and of Children, Youth and Media TWG (2012-2017), at the Education and Communication Research European Association (ECREA). She has research on media and family generations with a focus on children and media, and has published extensively on children and media. Recently, she coordinated the first Portuguese representative study on screens in the life of young children, Growing up among screens, funded by the Portuguese Authority for Communication (ERC, 2017). Among her most recent publications are the co-edited book Digital Parenting. The Challenges for Families in the Digital Age (Nordicom, 2018) and the co-authored chapter ‘Parental Practices in the era of smartphones’, in Smartphone Cultures, edited by Jane Vincent and Leslie Haddon (Routledge, 2018).


Juan Miro

Juan Domingo Farnos Miro (Juandon) has a degree in Geography, History and Psychopedagogy, Professor of Basic Education, master in e-learning and socio-cultural animation, doctor in e-learning, specializing in knowledge management, learning and technology, artificial intelligence, mobile learning, disruptive education and inclusive e-learning.
He is currently an advisor at several international universities (from five continents, with more emphasis on the USA and Latin America). For the past 12 years, he has been an Online Consultant and Instructor, in graduate and master’s degrees, guiding doctoral theses, especially with the introduction of inclusive education and web 2.0 in the teaching and learning processes. He is a regular contributor to MIT’s MOOCs. Juandon has contributed to the change in distance learning policies in the UK, through inclusive e-learning.
He was a finalist in the Best Blog Awards 2011 on Twitter around the world, being the only Spanish-speaking finalist. In 2013, he was considered the most influential person in learning and technology. In 2017, he was proposed by UNESCO as Doctor Honoris Causa.
He is currently the promoter of the World Congress on Disruptive Education that takes place in Latin America, together with researchers, academics and organizations from different countries.
Juandon is also writing a collection of 6 books on Disruptive Education and Open Education, with the participation of more than 100 professionals from around the world.
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Mark West

Mark West works in UNESCO’s Education Sector, where he examines how technology can improve the quality, equity, and accessibility of learning, especially in developing countries. He is part of a small team that is reimaging how knowledge and learning can shape the future of humanity and the planet as part of a flagship UNESCO initiative called Futures of Education. The initiative is steered by an International Commission chaired by the President of Ethiopia and relies on a global consultation process that will run until early 2021. Mr. West is also active outlining strategies to make digital solutions more inclusive for people with low literacy skills, helping governments enact policies and practices to ensure that women and girls develop strong digital skills, and supporting country-level reviews of ICT in education work. He has written extensively about technology and education, and his most recent publication, ‘I’d Blush if I Could’ (2019) was positively reviewed in The New York Times, Le Monde, The Guardian, Der Spigel, Time Magazine and numerous other publications. Prior to joining UNESCO in 2011, Mr. West researched education in Azerbaijan as a Fulbright Fellow and worked as a teacher and teacher trainer in the United States. He is a graduate of Stanford University.


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