This week at World Bank EduTech

  • released a new World Bank EduTech podcast episode with OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation on how students and teachers are adapting to COVID;
  • published a new Education Continuity Story about Village Learning Circles in India, as part of our partnership with the Harvard Graduate School of Education, HundrED, and OECD;
  • participated in EnlightEd 2020, a global conference about education, technology and innovation; and
  • shared external resources on edTech.

Links to External Recommended Reading

Online Teaching for K-12 Schools: What the Research Says, Key Best Practices for Schools and Teachers: The huge pivot to online learning by many education systems around the world in response to COVID-19 has not been very smooth. While it is true that the scope and speed of related disruptions have been a ‘black swan’ event of sorts for most education policymakers, something that they could not have planned for, there is a lot that we know about what works, and what doesn’t, when it comes to teaching online. A research group at Johns Hopkins helpfully distilled out some of the major related lessons in a quick, easy-to-read format, based on available evidence to date.

The market for ed tech products is not terribly interested in the evidence supporting technology-based programs. Instead, they tend to pay attention to sales reps or marketing, or they seek opinions from their friends and colleagues, rather than looking at evidence. Technology decision makers often value attractiveness, ease of use, low cost, and current trends or fads, over evidence.

If this is true, how surprised should we be that the ‘impact’ of edtech used in schools has to date been, mixed or negligible?

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