Practical Insights on EduTech

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What is EduTech in Poor Countries?

Educational technology is the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) to improve educational outcomes in developing countries. EduTech includes hardware, software, content, curriculum, and pedagogy required for learning by students, teachers, and their surrounding communities.

ICT4Edu initiatives build on various disciplines such as communication, education, psychology, sociology, artificial intelligence, and computer science. Educational technology solutions encompass several domains including learning theory, online learning, computer-based training, and distance education.

What Are Successful EduTech Projects?

We are constantly searching for new educational technology projects for review and analysis. We look at academic papers, research reports, lessons learned, and major studies to learn which methodologies and technologies are effective.

Please find below a growing list of programmes that use information and communication technologies to increase educational outcomes in developing countries.

Are You Creating Educational Shovelware in Your ICT4Edu Projects?

Are You Creating Educational Shovelware in Your ICT4Edu Projects?

Published on: May 09 2019 by Guest Writer - 9 Comments
Do you remember when discount stores sold CD-ROMs with 1,000 fonts?  Or 1,000 games? Or best of all 1,000 useless software programs?  That’s shovelware: tons...
EduTech Surprise! SMS Beats WhatsApp for Teen Test Prep

EduTech Surprise! SMS Beats WhatsApp for Teen Test Prep

Published on: Apr 04 2019 by Wayan Vota - 2 Comments
Secondary school students in Cameroon spend the entire last month of their final year in school preparing for their Baccalaureate. Passing it and scoring well marks...
5 Reasons Why Educational Laptops Were Doomed in Papua New Guinea

5 Reasons Why Educational Laptops Were Doomed in Papua New Guinea

Published on: Mar 28 2019 by Wayan Vota - 14 Comments
Back in the day, One Laptop Per Child promised a digital revolution in education. By handing out “$100 laptops” to children, and for the most part sidelining...
6 Ways Educational Technology Projects Can Improve Children’s Literacy

6 Ways Educational Technology Projects Can Improve Children’s Literacy

Published on: Nov 26 2018 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on 6 Ways Educational Technology Projects Can Improve Children’s Literacy
Families and communities have a tremendous role to play in improving educational and reading outcomes for children around the globe. Recognizing the power of this...
The Design Journey: Creating a Mobile Test Prep Application in South Africa

The Design Journey: Creating a Mobile Test Prep Application in South Africa

Published on: Jun 20 2018 by Steve Vosloo - Comments Off on The Design Journey: Creating a Mobile Test Prep Application in South Africa
You’re in for a treat! This is the story of my two-year design journey to build X-kit Achieve! Mobile from my view as project lead, written with Nicola du...
New Evidence on What Educational Technology Works for Refugees and Displaced Populations – Your Weekend Long Reads

New Evidence on What Educational Technology Works for Refugees and Displaced Populations – Your Weekend Long Reads

Published on: Apr 07 2018 by Steve Vosloo - Comments Off on New Evidence on What Educational Technology Works for Refugees and Displaced Populations – Your Weekend Long Reads
There are over half a billion children living in countries affected by conflict and disasters, making them three times more likely to be out of school than children...
Refugee Children Education: Promising Practices and Recommendations

Refugee Children Education: Promising Practices and Recommendations

Published on: Nov 24 2017 by Steve Vosloo - Comments Off on Refugee Children Education: Promising Practices and Recommendations
The surge in global refugees has had devastating effects on the education of affected children. Only 61% of refugee children have access to primary education, and...
We Must Answer 6 Open ICT4Education Questions to Have Real Impact

We Must Answer 6 Open ICT4Education Questions to Have Real Impact

Published on: Aug 12 2016 by Jim Teicher - 2 Comments
With years of experience in attempting to effect large scale educational change, using technology, I’ve come up with six “game changing” topics (and I don’t...
5 Takeaways from UNESCO’s 2016 Mobile Learning Week

5 Takeaways from UNESCO’s 2016 Mobile Learning Week

Published on: Mar 14 2016 by Steve Vosloo - 1 Comment
The 2016 UNESCO Mobile Learning Week kicked off last Monday with a webinar entitled Innovation and quality: Two sides of the same coin? The virtual event, held...
10 Myths About Girls’ Empowerment and Mobile Learning

10 Myths About Girls’ Empowerment and Mobile Learning

Published on: Sep 09 2015 by Linda Raftree - Comments Off on 10 Myths About Girls’ Empowerment and Mobile Learning
I had the chance to share some thoughts at UNESCO’s recent Mobile Learning Week. My presentation explored some myths about girls empowerment and mobile learning...