Michael Trucano

policy advice, implementation and planning guidance and thought leadership on the strategic uses (and misuses) of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in education around the world

Michael Trucano is the World Bank's Senior Education & Technology Policy Specialist and Global Lead for Innovation in Education, exploring issues at the intersection of technology use and education in middle- and low-income countries and emerging markets around the world.

At a practical working level, Mike provides policy advice, research and technical assistance to governments seeking to utilize new information and communication technologies (ICTs) in their education systems. Over the past 20 years, Mike has been advisor on, evaluator of, and/or participant in, educational technology initiatives in over 45 middle and low income countries.

A frequent public speaker on the use of technology in education around the world, and on ICT use for development (ICT4D) purposes more broadly, he is the principal voice behind the World Bank's influential and widely read EduTech blog.

Mike leads the World Bank's related analytical work and research under its flagship Systems Approach for Better Education Results initiative as it relates to information and communication technologies (SABER-ICT).

In addition to his advisory work on projects funded by the World Bank and other international aid agencies and donors, he serves on a number of external advisory boards for non-profit groups, international development agencies and prize committees.

In the late 1990s, Mike was a core member of the team that developed and implemented the pioneering World Links for Development Program, which introduced educational technology programs for the first time in 22 medium- and low-income countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia.

MIke is also known for his work organizing off-the-record efforts to help groups learn from 'failed' projects and initiatives.

Areas of notable activity and attention include:

  • educational technology policy development;
  • the development of national educational technology agencies;
  • new directions in educational publishing;
  • the use of mobile devices (especially mobile phones) in education;
  • global standards for data related to technology use in education;
  • assessment and impact evaluation related to the use of new technologies in education;
  • 'new economy skills' and digital literacy;
  • online learning (including MOOCs);
  • Internet safety, privacy and ethics; and
  • low-cost 'ICT devices' designed for developing world contexts.

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