Over the last few decades, science and technology have provided new sets of tools that can help us innovate in education to create a better educated human population. Many of these tools involve innovations such as digitised sensors, artificial intelligence and wearable computing components. However, just having access to these technologies is not enough: they have to be used in smart, thoughtful ways, and with an eye towards equity, if we are to create a better educated world.
Advances in understanding the science of learning are helping here. Insights into the neural processes of learning, the dynamics and cognitive aspects of teaching, and the importance of social interaction in learning are proving useful when creating learning contexts, curricula and tools for developing learners’ potential.
Selection of GESDA best reads and further key reports
In recent years there have been numerous efforts to track the potential of technology and other tools to transform teaching and learning. In 2017, for instance, the US National Bureau of Economic Research put together a working paper, “Education Technology: An Evidence-Based Review”, synthesising and discussing the evidence of effectiveness gathered in developing and developed countries.1 “Innovation in education: what works, what doesn’t, and what to do about it?” focusses on the US experience and delivers a number of interesting conclusions, particularly about the need for scalable innovation.2 EdTech Hub is a globally focused evidence library and tools database that aims to assist decision-making regarding educational technology.3