infoDev Knowledge Maps

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infoDev’s Knowledge Maps on ICTs in education are intended to serve as quick snapshots of what the research literature reveals in a number of key areas. They are not meant to be an exhaustive catalog of everything that is known (or has been debated) about the use of ICTs in education in a particular topic; rather, taken together they are an attempt to summarize and give shape to a very large body of knowledge and to highlight certain issues in a format quickly accessible to busy policymakers. The infoDev knowledge mapping exercise is meant to identify key general assertions and gaps in the knowledge base of what is known about the use of ICTs in education, especially as such knowledge may relate to the education-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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Knowledge Map : Current Projects and Practices

2008-01, World Bank

Locating and identifying the uses of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to benefit education in developing countries is a tedious, difficult, time-consuming, and ad hoc task. No standard reference or methodology exists for identifying such investments. Observations and conclusions on how ICTs are actually used in schools are drawn almost exclusively from Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) experience. Little such data exists for least development countries LDCs, and essentially none for countries most at risk of meeting education-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Emerging evidence from OECD countries suggests that even massive investments in ICTs in schools may not bring about the desired changes in teaching and learning processes unless such investments are supported by similar initiatives to improve access to ICTs outside of the school environment. This may be especially important for uses of ICTs to support education for all (EFA) goals, as effective use in school may require high levels of access outside school if gains in such investments are to be maximized, especially where ICTs are to be used for communication purposes.

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Knowledge Map : Content and Curriculum Issues

2005-03, World Bank

At first glance, content issues related to information and communication technologies (ICTs) use in education might seem to some to be of minor importance. After all, access to the internet means access to an entire world of educational resources. Access to the internet provides access to seemingly endless sets of educational resources and indeed it does. However, experience shows that there is a dearth of educational resources in a format that makes them easily accessible and relevant to most teachers and learners in least development countries (LDCs), especially as they relate to a given country's current curriculum. Experience tells us that, unless electronic educational resources are directly related to the curriculum, and to the assessment methods used to evaluate educational outcomes (especially standardized testing), lack of appropriate and relevant educational content is actually an important barrier to ICT use in schools.