Investment in EdTech in LMIC countries is growing rapidly, but we have not yet realised the potential of technology to improve learning outcomes at scale. This situation is a disservice to millions of children around the world who are not learning — in or out of school. Uncritical optimism or non-specific pessimism tend to dominate discussion of EdTech throughout the global education community. Both sides can draw on practical examples of EdTech usage that supports their positions. We need to move beyond this tendency towards binary argument and instead centralise the role of evidence in EdTech — generating and using robust and relevant evidence to drive better decision-making. Our challenge to the sector? Every group of decision-makers working in EdTech — governments, developers, implementers, researchers, funders, and teachers and school leaders — should become obsessed with asking and finding answers to five key questions.
Wednesday 12 October 10:30 - 11:00 Plenary
We ask everyone working in EdTech to define themselves as evidence-based decision-makers to build a future where the promise of tech in education is matched by the outcome.Plenary Asia/Shanghai
Executive Director, EdTech Hub