WRITING & RESEARCH
The World Bank EduTech Blog
Mike is the principal author of the World Bank's widely read EduTech blog (http://blogs.worldbank.org/edutech), which explores the uses of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to benefit education in middle- and low-income countries.
Popular and/or influential posts include:
- Worst practice in ICT use in education
(collectively read over a million times, this blog post remains the most cited, and influential, item to appear on the EduTech blog)
- 10 principles to consider when introducing ICTs into remote, low-income educational environments
- Ten things about computer use in schools that you don't want to hear
- Big educational laptop and tablet projects -- Ten countries to learn from
- Questions to ask (and not to ask) when your president tells you to buy 100k (or a million) tablets for students
- Textbooks of the future: Will you be buying a product ... or a service?
- Education & Technology in 2025: A Thought Experiment
- School computer labs: A bad idea?
- Searching for India's Hole in the Wall
- Educational technology and innovation at the edges
- Paying teacher salaries with mobile phones
- A short note to the new philanthropist looking to support education and technology initiatives in the developing world
- Promising uses of technology in education in poor, rural and isolated communities around the world
- Learning to code vs. coding to learn
- What's changed: Ten reflections on ten years of technology use in education
- Zero-rating educational content on the Internet
- Universal Service Funds & connecting schools to the Internet around the world
- Banning and unbanning phones in schools
- Digital teaching and learning resources: An EduTech reader
Top blog posts by year: 2016 • 2015 • 2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010
- Building and sustaining national ICT/education agencies: Lessons from international experiences (with Gavin Dykes) (2017)
- Mike was a contributor to the World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends
- Together with Birger Fredericksen and Sukhdeep Brar, Mike was a co-author of the 2015 book, Getting Textbooks to Every Child in Sub-Saharan Africa: Strategies for Addressing the High Cost and Low Availability Problem
- Mike contributed chapters to the 2012 World Bank publication, Strengthening Education Quality in East Asia: System Assessment and Benchmarking for Education Results and a 2009 book from the European Commission/OECD, Assessing the effects of ICT in education: Indicators, criteria and benchmarks for international comparisons
Recent short papers:
- Documenting national educational technology policies around the world and their evolution over time (2016)
- Technologies in education across the Americas (2016)
Mike was the author of the influential infoDev/World Bank publication, Knowledge Maps: ICT and Education -- What we know, and what we don't, about ICT use in education in developing countries (2005).
Notable research projects and publications that he oversaw during his time at infoDev (2004-2007) include over 75 country-level Surveys of ICT and Education in Africa and the Caribbean, a handbook on Monitoring and Evaluation of ICT in Education Projects, Using Technology to Train Teachers: Appropriate Uses of ICT for Teacher Professional Development in Developing Countries; and the ICT in Education Toolkit for Policymakers, Planners & Practitioners (with UNESCO, used in policy planning processes in over 25 countries).
Mike currently serves as coordinator of the World Bank Education, Technology & Innovation: SABER-ICT Technical Paper Series.
EduTech blog annual compilations
Eigth annual compilations of posts from the World Bank EduTech blog have been published as separate, stand alone documents:
- 2016: More perspectives on the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to benefit education in developing countries. Excerpts from the World Bank’s EduTech blog (Volume VIII)
- 2015: Teachers and tablets, mobile devices and 'MOOC Times': Innovations in technology use in education in developing countries. Excerpts from the World Bank’s EduTech blog (Volume VII)
- 2014: Mobile Phones & National Educational Technology Agencies, Sachet Publishing & the Khan Academy: What's happening with educational technology use in developing countries. Excerpts from the World Bank’s EduTech blog (Volume VI)
- 2013: Tablets & MOOCs, Digital Textbooks & Matthew Effects: What's new (and what isn't) in technology use in education in developing countries. Excerpts from the World Bank’s EduTech blog (Volume V)
- 2012: Mobile learning and textbooks of the future, e-reading and edtech policies: Trends in technology use in education in developing countries. Excerpts from the World Bank’s EduTech blog (Volume IV)
- 2011: Separating the Hope from the Hype: More perspectives on the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to benefit education in developing countries. Excerpts from the World Bank’s EduTech blog (Volume III)
- 2010: Worst Practices in ICT Use in Education, Low-Cost Gadgets, e-Books in Africa and a Hole in the Wall: Learning from the use of educational technologies in developing countries. Excerpts from the World Bank's EduTech blog (Volume II)
- 2009: Perspectives on the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to benefit education in developing countries. Excerpts from the World Bank’s EduTech blog
Selected links to blog posts, essays, papers and books exploring the use of new technologies in education and new approaches to support teaching and learning around the world.