Building Tools to Measure the Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Education
In recent years, several Latin American countries have provided computers and connectivity to schools in the hopes of improving the quality and accessibility of educational opportunities. The impact of these interventions on the way students learn and teachers teach has received little research attention; most research to date has been geared to measure "e-readiness." In addition, little is known about the way information and communication technologies (ICTs) are being used in the classroom.
Working with the ministries of education in Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay, this project will develop shared methodologies and locally relevant indicators to monitor and measure the use of ICTs in the classroom. The data will provide policymakers with the evidence required to make informed policy decisions to effectively integrate ICTs into education.
This project will improve the performance of students in the four participating countries through a more effective and productive deployment of ICTs in the classroom. Government institutions, in particular ministries of education, will improve the way they embrace and deploy innovations. Further, public resources can be targeted more strategically to respond to issues such as teacher training, curriculum development and increasing social and gender equity. Knowledge of best practices-what works and what doesn't-will increase considerably. That knowledge will be openly and freely accessible to the global education community and will have an impact on how these innovations are adopted.