policy advice 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, serving as the organization's focal point on 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 15 years, Mike has been advisor on, evaluator of, and/or participant in, educational technology initiatives in over 40 middle and low income countries.
As part of his research activities, Mike leads the World Bank's related analytical work under its flagship Systems Approach for Better Education Results initiative as it relates to information and communication technologies (SABER-ICT).
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.
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 and prize committees and organizes off-the-record efforts to help groups learn from 'failed' projects and initiatives.
Current and recent areas of notable activity and attention include:
- ICT/education policy development;
- the development of educational technology national 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;
- assessing the impact of technology use in education;
- 'new economy skills';
- child Internet safety; and
- low-cost 'ICT devices' designed for developing world contexts.
You can follow Mike on Twitter @trucano.