For the past two decades, I’ve worked on issues at the intersection of the education and technology sectors in middle- and low-income countries and emerging markets around the world. It’s been a fascinating job: Over the past 20 years, I’ve been an advisor to, evaluator of, and/or working-level participant in, educational technology (‘edtech’) initiatives in over 50 such countries. When it comes to ICT use in education, the promised revolution always seems to be just around the corner.
Indeed: I am regularly pitched ideas by people who note that, while many past promises about the potential of the use of new technologies in education have failed to pan out, they are confident that “this time, it’s different”. At the same time, I am quite often asked to help other folks identify intriguing initiatives that might, individually and/or collectively, illuminate emerging trends and approaches in this sector. — blog.wb.org/blogs