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Unpacking the Tech in Education: A Casual Dive into the Global Education Monitoring Report 2023



Hey there, education enthusiasts! Today, we're diving into the Global Education Monitoring Report 2023, a hefty piece of work titled "Technology in Education: A Tool on Whose Terms?" It's a deep dive into the role of tech in education, and it's got some fascinating insights.


First off, the report asks a big question: Has technology really transformed education? It's not as clear-cut as you might think. The use of digital tech in education is a mixed bag, varying by community, socioeconomic level, and even country. And guess what? The evidence on the impact of tech in education is all over the place. So, it's not exactly a one-size-fits-all solution.


Here's a reality check: The cost of using digital tech in education is significant and often underestimated. This means that those who are most disadvantaged often miss out on the benefits of these technologies. That's a digital divide we need to address.


The report makes a strong call for regulations in tech education. It's all about prioritizing learner needs and assessing whether the use of tech is appropriate, equitable, evidence-based, and sustainable. The human connection in teaching and learning is irreplaceable, and tech should support, not supplant, this connection.


Now, let's talk about commercial and private interests in education. The report reveals that only one in seven countries legally guarantees the privacy of educational data. That's a big red flag for data protection and privacy in the digital age.


So, what does the report recommend? Here are the key takeaways:

  1. The best interests of pupils should always come first, especially over commercial considerations.

  2. Technology should be seen as a means, not an end.

To make these recommendations a reality, the report calls for:

  1. Ambitious public action and international cooperation programs to support access to connectivity and open educational resources.

  2. Training for teachers on these new and constantly evolving issues.

In a nutshell, the Global Education Monitoring Report 2023 gives us a balanced view of the role of tech in education. It emphasises the need for a human-centered approach, equitable access to digital resources, and clear regulations and standards. It's a must-read for anyone interested in the future of education in the digital age. So, grab a cup of coffee and give it a read!


References:

UNESCO (2023) 'Global education monitoring report, 2023: technology in education: a tool on whose terms?', UNESCO Digital Library, Paris. Available at: https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000385723

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