AFRICA’S COVID-19 OPPORTUNITY

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This blog post is a cross-post from EdTech Hub‘s blog https://edtechhub.org/2020/09/17/africas-covid-19-opportunity/ (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0). The blog post was written on the 17th of September 2020.

Educators in Africa are optimistic about the opportunities that Covid-19 brings for reform and innovation in education. 

That’s the headline from a survey eLearning Africa recently conducted, in which 1,600 education and technology professionals from 52 countries in Africa were asked for their thoughts on the longer-term effects of the pandemic.

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Building effective COVID-19 education response plans: Insights from Africa and Asia

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This blog post is a cross-post from EdTech Hub‘s blog https://edtechhub.org/2020/06/25/building-effective-covid-19-education-response-plans-insights-from-africa-and-asia/ (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0). The blog post was written by Jenn Cotter Otieno, Erik Kimenyi, and Tom Kaye on the 25th of June 2020.

As countries around the world rapidly respond to the educational challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic many countries have begun to leverage technology to provide educational continuity. We at the EdTech Hub are working with many countries to help them design interventions to support learning during this crisis. The first question we are asked by our counterparts in these countries is: How can we design an effective COVID-19 education sector response plan?

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Helping you find and compare EdTech tools

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This blog post is a cross-post from EdTech Hub‘s blog https://edtechhub.org/2020/06/09/helping-you-find-and-compare-edtech-tools/ (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0). The blog post was written on the 9th of June 2020.

We’re excited to publish the first version of a tool to help you find and compare EdTech tools. 

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Supporting innovation in the time of COVID: What we’ve done and what we’ll do next

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This blog post is a cross-post from EdTech Hub‘s blog https://edtechhub.org/2020/06/02/supporting-innovation-in-the-time-of-covid-what-weve-done-and-what-well-do-next/ (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0). The blog post was written by Alice Carter on the 2nd of June 2020.

When COVID-19 emerged as a clear and present danger, we in the Hub innovation team were forced to rethink our plans for 2020. We previously told you about our work and how it looks to support and scale innovation with real people in real life. Now we had to reassess what this would look like and how it could be most effective in responding to global school closures. 

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Activating local study-groups for children’s learning—an equitable EdTech response?

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This blog post is a cross-post from EdTech Hub‘s blog https://edtechhub.org/2020/05/29/activating-local-study-groups-for-childrens-learning-an-equitable-edtech-response/ (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0). The blog post was written by Tom Power on the 29th of May 2020.

An equitable educational response to the COVID school closures must recognise that, in low and middle-income countries, as shown by UNICEF data most children affected by such closures do not have access to the internet. Policymakers and educators must then find ways to provide learning opportunities offline. Learning does not happen just by giving children educational materials—children also need time, space and support. 

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From the Helpdesk: Observations and guidance on educational response planning during the COVID-19 crisis

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This post originally appeared here on 20th May 2020 under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0.

Written by Rachel Chuang, Tom Kaye, Caitlin Moss Coflan & Arjun Upadhyay (EdTech Hub Helpdesk Management Team)

Amid one of the biggest global disruptions to schooling in living memory, countries are quickly developing distance education responses for students. The EdTech Hub’s Helpdesk is providing evidence-informed responses to requests for support from governments and their partners as they face this challenge. 

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EdTech call for ideas: What have we learned from the applications?

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This blog post is a cross-post from EdTech Hub‘s blog https://edtechhub.org/2020/05/11/edtech-call-for-ideas-what-have-we-learned-from-the-applications/ (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0). The blog post was written by Asad Rahman on the 11th of May 2020.

This is part of our coronavirus (COVID-19) and EdTech series.

On 21st April, we launched a call for ideas for EdTech in responses to coronavirus and the lockdown of schools around the world. 

Three weeks later, we’ve taken a slice of the first 100 responses and analysed the data. Combining this with conversations our team is having every day with technologists and innovators around the world, we’ve sought to answer: what do these innovators need right now? In future blogs, we’ll cut the data in different ways to answer other questions.

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Francophone countries and COVID-19 EdTech response

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This blog post is a cross-post from EdTech Hub‘s blog https://edtechhub.org/2020/04/29/francophone-countries-and-covid-19-edtech-response/ (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0). The blog post was written by Etienne Lwamba on the 29th of April 2020.

This is part of our coronavirus (COVID-19) and EdTech series.

One thing about coronavirus is clear — it does not respect borders. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in school closures across the world. With about 300 million French speakers worldwide, here we consider some initial lessons from francophone education systems, their EdTech response, and the importance of cooperation of countries who share the same language. In light of school closures across many Francophone countries – all with differing income levels – we consider their differentiated responses and if there is more scope for these countries to collaborate. 

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The role of interactive radio instruction in the coronavirus (COVID-19) education response

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This post originally appeared here on 23rd April 2020 under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0.

This is part of our coronavirus (COVID-19) and EdTech series.

Every week that passes we see the number of classrooms closed due to COVID-19 increase. During these unprecedented times, the Hub’s mission — to increase the use of evidence-based decisions around EdTech — is more important than ever. We must make sure learning goes on.

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The EdTech Hub’s Helpdesk and COVID-19: Demand-driven advice

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This blog post is a cross-post from EdTech Hub‘s blog https://edtechhub.org/2020/04/09/the-edtech-hubs-helpdesk-and-covid-19-demand-driven-advice/ (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0). The blog post was written by Caitlin Moss on the 9th of April 2020.

This is part of our coronavirus (COVID-19) and EdTech series.

With more than 1.5 billion children now affected by school closures, ministries of education and decision-makers around the world are urgently in need of fast, evidence-based, context-specific advice about out-of-school learning. Teachers, caregivers, parents and policymakers are tirelessly working to ensure that learning doesn’t stop. Faced with one of the biggest global disruptions to schooling in living memory, already overstretched ministries and their advisers are looking for resources and guidance. The EdTech Hub’s Helpdesk will immediately launch to respond to this need.

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