EdTech and Covid-19

Why it matters

Education providers face the double challenge of needing to respond quickly to minimise learning loss, and also build back better systems for the long-term.

The pandemic could fast-track the use of technology to support learning in creative and effective ways. It could also increase inequality and reverse decades of progress for the most marginalised.

School closures have affected over 1 billion learners worldwide
Based on data from 157 countries, the World Bank estimates that Covid-19 could lead to 7 million children dropping out of school in 2020
Many months after initial school closures, children from poor and remote areas still have very limited access to learning
The EdTech Hub is a global non-profit research partnership
Our goal is to empower the people making decisions about technology in education.

Covid-19 resources

Discover information and insights about the appropriate and effective use of EdTech in low- and middle-income countries in response to Covid-19. These include:

Research, Evidence and Advice: Evidence-based guidance from the EdTech Hub and partners.

Researcher Tools: Tools for researchers during Covid-19. Including a survey mapping, research mapping and research database.

Open Educational Resources: Teaching and learning materials that are freely available for anyone to access and re-use.

Covid-19 research

Learn about EdTech’s resources, developed to support policy makers. These include:

Rapid Evidence Reviews: These are reviews looking at the existing literature in a systematic way.

Evidence Summaries: Quick fire evidence summaries to quickly meet the need of policy makers.

Helpdesk responses: The EdTech Hub Helpdesk supports FCDO and World Bank staff with EdTech advice.

Covid-19 commissioned research

The Covid-19 pandemic reshaped our world. Schools were closed around the world, leading to 1.6 billion children and their teachers moving to remote education. Governments and other education providers were forced to respond quickly, and experiment about how best to reach all children.

To support and empower policy makers by giving them the evidence they need to make decisions about technology in education, we opened a funding window for small-scale (up to £50k), short-term research into the use of EdTech in the Covid-19 response.

EdTech Hub Covid-19 research partners were chosen for their focus on outstanding EdTech evidence gaps and government priority areas in the respective countries.

10 things to know

In education, mass school closures have accelerated the global use of education technologies. Yet the benefits do not reach everyone.

Since the start of the pandemic, EdTech Hub and its partners have been researching and applying evidence on what works in technology for education in different contexts.

Discover 10 important lessons from that work…

Find out more

Evidence Library
Find out more about outputs and evidence on technology in education.
Read more about EdTech Hub's Helpdesk and what we do.
Where We Work
Find out more about our work in focus countries.

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