Earlier this year, our team at EdTech Hub and partners at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation noticed a recurring pattern: we saw colleagues around the world — in government, the private sector, civil society — working to develop various digital platforms for learning. We also noticed that most of them tended to need similar platform components — and they…

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T4 Education has released the findings from their spring survey of more than 20,000 teachers from 165 countries on the experience of teaching in the Covid-19 pandemic. EdTech Hub analyzed the data on behalf of T4 Education. The findings were surprising, confirming, unsettling and, in some cases, affirming: Download the report to dig into the findings, read real teacher stories…

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EdData Tools

In our recent publication, A Case for a Systems Approach to EdTech, we identified 17 EdTech frameworks that provide a valuable bridge between theory and practice. Frameworks are a general outline to show the interrelationships between different subjects in the field; how the parts fit together. They help implementers see the components and connections needed to make EdTech work. These EdTech…

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Research at EdTech Hub There is a lack of rigorous evidence about how technology can improve learning, teaching, and strengthen systems in low and middle income countries. We’re here to fill that gap. SYNTHESIS We synthesize existing research to consolidate current knowledge and identify evidence gaps PRIMARY RESEARCH Hub-led research to generate new knowledge and fill evidence gaps COMMISSIONED RESEARCH…

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TV, radio, and SMS for distance learning INTRODUCTION Educational radio and television can support the millions of children who lack access to the internet or have low digital literacy. The effectiveness of these approaches is increased when programming encourages child and caregiver interaction. This can be enabled by SMS and other messaging tools. Why It Matters Only 1/4 of children globally…

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Researcher Tools Tools to support researchers undertaking EdTech research EdTech Hub Evidence Library A database of EdTech Hub research outputs, publications cited and other research relevant to EdTech. COVID EdTech Research Mapping Find information about EdTech research that is planned, on-going or recently published. This work is run by the Building EdTech Evidence and Research (BETER) group. COVID survey mapping Find…

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By Louis Major & Gill A. Francis

With schools around the world closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have been undertaking a series of ‘rapid evidence reviews’ to help education decision-makers respond effectively. These reviews aim to provide evidence-based summaries on specific areas of EdTech. In this post, we look at the role of technology in supporting personalised learning.

What do we mean by personalised learning? 

As with so many concepts in education, there is no universal definition of ‘personalised learning’. In our rapid evidence review we define this as “the ways in which technology enables or supports learning based upon particular characteristics of relevance or importance to learners”.

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A searchable database

The EdTech Hub has undertaken a large-scale search for publications on technology use in education in low- and middle- income countries. During this process, we created an internal research database. This is searchable through the use of a variety of filters, such as country or intervention of focus. Analysis of the database helps us to ground our wider research, innovation and engagement activities as a Hub within the scope and quality of the evidence base.

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Katy Jordan
Research Associate, EdTech Hub

Within the Research Sphere of the EdTech Hub, one of the main activities within the inception phase has been to conduct a literature review. Undertaking a literature review is established practice as a typical first step in any research project, to establish an informed foundation upon which to conduct further research.

The scope of the EdTech Hub is unusually wide for conducting a literature review. EdTech itself is a term which can be applied to a wide range of technologies used in educational settings. Similarly, the focus on low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) encompasses a diverse range of countries, territories and regions.

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