Your regular round-up of the latest in clear evidence, better decisions, and more learning in EdTech. 

In this issue:

Podcast: Implementing Adaptive Learning Programs: Lessons from EdTech Hub

EdTech Hub sees digital personalised learning as technology to support personalised learning and teaching at the level of the student. This can be based on particular characteristics of relevance or importance to learners.

Recently, EdTech Hub's Haani Mazari, who leads our digital personalised learning track, and former EdTech Hub Global Country Engagement Lead Tom Kaye (now with Generation Unlimited) joined a discussion with World Bank's Senior Economist Juan Baron on the Bank's EduTech Podcast. They explored lessons learnt on implementing adaptive learning programs. This podcast goes into exploring responsive and adaptive learning systems.

"Responsive systems may help enable a learner to adapt a personalised interface or to tailor their own instructional material while adaptive learning actively scaffolds learning by adapting content delivery depending on how the user performs or engages with the content itself," said Haani Mazari.  
:headphones:  Listen to the podcast 

Considering EdTech and Climate Emergencies 

Following Pakistan’s 2022 floods, EdTech Hub conducted rapid research with flood-affected parents and caregivers to support the Government of Pakistan and development partners collaborating to respond to the crisis. EdTech has the potential to support the education of children in emergencies if it is used in a feasible and cost-effective way.

While educational technology is not the most pressing issue in the aftermath of crises, its role becomes more critical as floodwaters wane. Climate emergencies continue to impact education and these come with lessons to learn in order to build back better. To help decision makers in emergency recovery situations, we have compiled evidence to help inform choices in these difficult times. Explore more resources... 
Authors: Caitlin Coflan, Natalie Wyss, Sangay Thinley, and Mark Roland

Our EdTech Hub Helpdesk has released a significant resource to support education policy and decision makers (including officials within ministries of education and major development agencies who work with them) in the development of a country's national EdTech strategy. It is based on the following hypothesis: 

IF we provide practical, actionable, timely information to support decision-makers who seek to develop national EdTech strategies…

THEN education stakeholders will be better equipped to incorporate effective uses of EdTech into their planning and implementation…

SO THAT they will develop strategies or plans that are evidence-based and ambitious, but also feasible, clear and practical for their contexts.

The strategy development resource is also useful for other government stakeholders, such as ICT, infrastructure, and communications ministries, who are often involved in strategy development and implementation.

This resource was developed under EdTech Hub’s global partnerships with UNICEF, FCDO ( the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office), and the World Bank

Bookmark this link, share widely, and share your thoughts! 

Using WhatsApp to "Teach at the Right Level" in Pakistan  
Authors: Haani Mazari, Imdad Baloch, Tom Kaye and Fareeha Adil 
Knowing that three out of four school-going 10-year-olds in Pakistan cannot read a simple sentence (ASER, 2020), we wanted to explore methods of improving learning outcomes using scalable and cost-effective methods. The "Teaching at the Right Level" method has been proven to improve fundamental reading and maths skills by separating learners into groups by their learning levels rather than grade or age. 
For more, read our blog and report here

What we are learning | What we are reading: Recommended reading for people who demand evidence in EdTech  
Authors: Kate Jefferies, Chris McBurnie, Haani Mazari, Saalim Koomar, Rachel Chuang and Christina Myers.
Dive into lessons learnt in each of EdTech Hub's focus areas to date: Data for DecisionsDigital Personalised Learning (DPL)Girls’ Education & TechnologyParticipation & Messaging, and Teacher Continuous Professional Development.
This six-part blog series was inspired by discussions with partners working in the EdTech space.
Cost-Effectiveness and EdTech: Considerations and case studies 
There are fewer more nuance-dependent questions in our sector than ‘What is cost-effective EdTech?’. The answer (and even the question) depends on myriad factors including the choice of the initiative, its design, implementation, intended audience, and how the local context is addressed. To explore this question more thoroughly, we invite you to read case studies that examine how EdTech was or was not used in cost-effective ways. Read more...
Cost-Effective EdTech Paper 1: A position piece on how the sector can make progress  
This paper offers an overview of the background of cost-effectiveness analysis and approaches of other stakeholders engaged in the education sector. It will provide a useful introduction and further context to cost-effectiveness in EdTech. Read more...
What drives value for money in technology-enabled activities of Girls' Education Challenge projects? 
This Spotlight Brief looks at the value for money (VfM) of Girls' Education Challenge projects reviewing 11 projects which feature EdTech within their programme interventions. Find out more... 

Cost-Effective EdTech Paper 2: Good practice   
Improving sector-wide approaches to cost-effectiveness is a core part of EdTech Hub’s remit. This series of papers makes an initial contribution to the long-term work of the Hub on this topic — setting out current issues and proposed routes forward for EdTech Hub and the wider sector. Read more...

We are excited to share that we will be
co-editing a Special Issue in Educational Sciences on Decolonising Educational Technology. We welcome contributions from a wide variety of authors (researchers, practitioners, and community members) with their unique perspectives, approaches, and styles of writing to contribute to this journal issue. Find how to submit to the special issue
What we're reading right now
A round-up of what we’re reading around EdTech Hub. Are you reading something you think should be shared with the EdTech community? Tweet us at @GlobalEdTechHub or tag us on LinkedIn
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