ICTs in Education

Helpdesk Query:

HEART were asked to produce a report focusing on the use of ICTs in education programme delivery, particularly to deliver learning. The focus is on primary and secondary education in low income countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Summary:

This is a scoping report of recent, ongoing and pipeline activities that utilise Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in education programme delivery, in particular to deliver learning. It includes teacher training initiatives and the use of ICTs for teaching and learning. The report is focused on primary and secondary level education. It is focused on low and lower-middle income countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. It includes DFID-funded projects and wider sources. This is not a systematic review so the sources included are indicative not comprehensive.

The structure of the report is as follows:

  1. Introductory overview: Challenges and potential solutions regarding the implementation of ICT initiatives in education in low income contexts.
  2. Teacher training: A synthesis of projects using ICTs for teacher training in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
  3. Education delivery: A synthesis of projects using ICTs for education delivery in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
  4. Further information annex: More detailed summaries of the projects included in the report, references and hyperlinks for further information.

The technologies and strategies used by projects in this report for teacher training and education delivery include: laptop distribution projects; the use of open learning resources; the use of mobile phones; media players and e-readers.

 

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