"Indigenous languages matter for development, peace building and reconcilliation." - UN IYIL 2019
To celebrate the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Language, we have chosen to name the 2019 SmarterU Releases using words from a variety of languages that are related to learning and knowledge.
It's the Year of the Dog in the Chinese Zodiac! To honor that, we're naming our 2018 releases after six famous dogs. After all, they're said to be our best friends, so let's take this year to reflect on six amazing canines.
Dogs that are well-known, unknown, and one that's even a legend, but each of these dogs have something in common - they all lived lives that can only be described as incredible.
For 2017, SmarterU is naming each of our software updates after influential educators – some that are well known, and others that rarely or never had the spotlight but deserve recognition for their contribution to education and training. Our honorees promoted education on the front lines of war, while fighting for civil rights, or changing the status quo of teaching methodology.
"Training and Education are two sides of the same coin," says Susan Hurrell, SmarterU's VP of Business Development. "Both introduce information and skills-building concepts that can improve the quality of people's lives, their work, and their potential for happiness. By honoring some of the less-recognized 'educators' in our common history, we want to shine a brighter light on those women and men who have made substantive contributions to improving our societies, our cultures, and our world."
SmarterU's learning management system undergoes regular updates and upgrades, with over 90% of new features and enhancements being suggested by their client base. Last year, these releases were named after Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). This year, heroes in education are the spotlight.
"Education doesn't always take place in the classroom. It happens throughout our lifetime, propelled by influences, interactions, and events that change us as individuals, and, in the case of our honorees, also changed the world," Hurrell concludes. "Whether creating learning opportunities for the disenfranchised or developing pioneering educational philosophy that determines how best to reach each individual child, education happens because of dedicated individuals who value the exchange of knowledge and the eradication of ignorance. We honor just a few of those who sought to improve the world – one trained mind at a time."
It's time to give credit where credit is due – by naming our 2016 SmarterU software updates after six illustrious but often unsung heroes in the sciences.
There have always been women making significant contributions to science and technology. Culturally, we seem to be more familiar with women in social/environmental sciences, like Margaret Meade and Jane Goodall, or astronauts like Sally Ride and Roberta Bondar. Other than the Nobel-prize-winning physicist Marie Curie – most people can’t identify women who contributed to mathematics, chemistry, physics or engineering. Six releases – six opportunities to shine a light on some note-worthy women to honor their contribution to the work we do every day.