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Global education monitoring report summary, 2023: technology in education: a tool on whose terms?
Place of publication | Year of publication | Collation: 
Paris | 2023 | 35
Corporate author: 
UNESCO; Global Education Monitoring Report Team
Arab States
Asia and the Pacific
Europe and North America
Latin America and the Caribbean

Technology’s role in education has been sparking intense debate for a long time. Does it democratize knowledge or threaten democracy by allowing a select few to control information? Does it offer boundless opportunities or lead towards a technology-dependent future with no return? Does it level the playing field or exacerbate inequality? Should it be used in teaching young children or is there a risk to their development? The debate has been fueled by the COVID-19 school closures and the emergence of generative artificial intelligence. This new report recommends that technology should be introduced into education on the basis of evidence showing that it would be appropriate, equitable, scalable and sustainable. In other words, its use should be in learners’ best interests and should complement face-to-face interaction with teachers. It should be seen as a tool to be used on these terms.

Resource Type: 
Conference and programme reports
Civic / Citizenship / Democracy
Media & information literacy / digital citizenship
Globalisation and social justice / International understanding
Sustainable development / sustainability
Level of education: 
Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE)
Primary education
Secondary education
global citizenship education