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EdTechTools Relaunched with TVET Resources

EdTechHub, Generation Unlimited (GenU), UNESCO and UNESCO-UNEVOC have joined forces to relaunch EdTechTools (formerly the Tools Database): a global repository of education technology tools and platforms designed to help decision makers at all levels in the global education and training community find resources that facilitate and support remote learning.

More than a year after the world experienced an education disruption at an unprecedented scale due to the COVID-19 pandemic, almost half of the world’s students are still affected by partial or full school closures, according to UNESCO. To overcome this, governments, institutions and individuals around the world are adopting EdTech interventions to respond to the school closures and the switch to remote or distance-learning modalities.

EdTech Hub and UNESCO had published, in July 2020, a searchable database of EdTech tools and solutions for decision-makers, programme implementers, teachers and learners in the primary and secondary education sector. The initial database was developed to respond to the urgent needs facing the education community during the first wave of the pandemic.

But the pandemic has not only affected children and adolescents in basic education; it is also disrupting the education and training of millions of children and young people participating in technical and vocational education and training (TVET), professional and skills-development programmes. This potential use of TVET resources in the database is why EdTech Hub partnered with GenU, UNESCO and UNESCO-UNEVOC to relaunch the database as EdTechTools, now containing nearly 200 distance-learning and skilling platforms and tools.

This expansion of EdTechTools seeks to enable practitioners and young people around the world to access high-quality resources to further their knowledge, improve their skills and continue learning. Users can search the EdTechTools database by using filters such as language, education level, connectivity or device requirements and cost. Our aim is that all users can find learning tools and resources relevant to their situation, region, language and achievement level.

We are periodically reviewing EdTechTools and invite your feedback. Email us at edtechtools@edtechhub.org and let us know how you find the database. We look forward to hearing from you!

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