How can countries use EdTech to mitigate learning loss as schools reopen? The evidence-backed advice below is one in a series of topics from the EdTech Hub Helpdesk. Here we summarise recommendations from our work with governments, World Bank, FCDO, UNICEF and other education decision-makers. Technology-supported remedial programmes and accelerated learning programmes offer promise to improve learning outcomes. However, it…

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How do we roll out a national distance learning platform? The evidence-backed advice below is one in a series of topics from the EdTech Hub Helpdesk. Here we summarise recommendations from our work with governments, World Bank, FCDO, UNICEF and other education decision-makers. In light of Covid-19, several education decision-makers have considered setting up a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to…

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What do we know about the use of low-tech options for education? Radio, TV, mobile devices The evidence-backed advice below is one in a series of topics from the EdTech Hub Helpdesk. Here we summarise recommendations from our work with governments, World Bank, FCDO, UNICEF and other education decision-makers. A multi-modal and data-driven approach is well aligned with effective distance…

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What are some good practices to support teachers to carry out remote learning? The evidence-backed advice below is one in a series of topics from the EdTech Hub Helpdesk. Here we summarise recommendations from our work with governments, World Bank, FCDO, UNICEF and other education decision-makers. There is significant evidence that teaching quality is one of the most significant determinants…

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How do we reach marginalised learners using EdTech during Covid-19? The evidence-backed advice below is one in a series of topics from the EdTech Hub Helpdesk. Here we summarise recommendations from our work with governments, World Bank, FCDO, UNICEF and other education decision-makers. Marginalised learners include girls, refugees, learners with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), learners from low-income backgrounds,…

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EdTech Hub Helpdesk Click a topic Helpdesk ApproachEligible ApplicantsSubmit a RequestAdvice from the Helpdesk The Helpdesk approach EdTech Hub supports education decision-makers to incorporate the latest globally informed, locally relevant knowledge and evidence into choices related to EdTech. FCDO Education Advisers, World Bank staff and UNICEF staff who work closely with ministries of education in low- and middle-income countries can…

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Submitting a Helpdesk request How to submit a request Are you an FCDO Education Adviser or World Bank education staff member? You are eligible to submit a request for Helpdesk support. Learn more about eligibility criteria here. Submit a request After clicking “Submit a request”, you will be asked for a password. If you have not received a password from Ian…

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Regular readers will know about our Helpdesk, the on-demand support service we provide for FCDO advisers and World Bank staff to help them make evidence-informed decisions.

Since the onset of coronavirus, the Helpdesk team has responded to requests from 15 countries across Africa, Asia, and the Middle East to review and provide input on various COVID-19 response documents. Below we share a list of nine takeaways.

Most of these takeaways came out of the coronavirus-specific context, but they have wider relevance than just pandemic response. They’re good ideas for any education decision-makers to consider, at any time.

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As countries around the world rapidly respond to the educational challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic many countries have begun to leverage technology to provide educational continuity. We at the EdTech Hub are working with many countries to help them design interventions to support learning during this crisis. The first question we are asked by our counterparts in these countries is: How can we design an effective COVID-19 education sector response plan?

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