This week at World Bank EduTech

New Blog Post: The kids are not alright: Three ways EdTech can support student’s wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

In this blog, we aim to highlight some promising ways in which EdTech could be leveraged to support students’ wellbeing during the pandemic and beyond. These interventions are complementary to regular instruction, whether in-person, hybrid, or remote. While more robust evidence is needed to assess their potential impact, they represent a low-cost method to provide students with some sense of connection to their peers or to more professional help, as well as providing parents and teachers information to support students (and themselves) during continued times of uncertainty and isolation.

Webinar: Emotional Resilience: Teaching youth the ability to adapt and bounce back

Resilience is an individual’s capacity to adapt to change, overcome adversities and bounce back from setbacks quickly. But are some people just inherently more resilient? Or is it a teachable skill? And how could we measure it? On October 7, Solutions for Youth Employment (S4YE) organized a panel discussion with Prof. Richard Davidson (University of Wisconsin), Akash Wasil (National Science Foundation), Kate Leventhal (CorStone), and Keiko Inoue (World Bank).

How to support teachers — various resources

On October 5th, in celebration of World Teachers’ Day, a Roundtable on Supporting Teachers to Accelerate Learning Recovery was held to recognize the key role of teachers in accelerating learning recovery efforts during the pandemic, and to discuss how to support teachers in this work. The webinar brought together leading voices from the global education community — including teachers, students, and leaders from multilateral education organizations.

Education systems resilience and building back better

The global school closures caused by to COVID-19 have shown the fragility of traditional education systems and the need for resilience to address future shocks. The need for accessible and effective remote and hybrid learning systems that can be relied upon when schools are forced shut in future crisis or to cater to out of school population, rural communities, among other populations have also been highlighted.

Event: First Regional Seminar on Social Development “Education in Latin America and the Caribbean: the prolonged crisis as an opportunity for restructuring”

On October 14, Cristobal Cobo from the EdTech team joined this event which reflected on education as an engine of social development with the participation of experts from the United Nations and multilateral organizations, scholars, and policymakers within the education sector in the LAC region. He was part of a roundtable on necessary skills and competencies in a changing context.

Recommended Reading

Factors that Influence Teachers’ Pedagogical Use of ICT in Secondary Schools: A Case of Ghana: “most instructors are unwilling to integrate ICT into their teaching. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to investigate the factors that influence secondary school teachers’ ICT usage in schools.”

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