The World Bank advocates attention to five key principles when education systems invest in EdTech.
Principle 1: Ask Why
EdTech policies and projects need to be developed with a clear purpose, strategy and vision of the desired educational change.
Principle 2: Design and Act at Scale, For All
The design of EdTech initiatives should be flexible and user-centered, with an emphasis on equity and inclusion, in order to realize scale and sustainability for all.
Principle 3: Empower Teachers
Technology should enhance teacher engagement with students through improved access to content, data and networks, helping teachers better support student learning.
Principle 4: Engage the Ecosystem
Education systems should take a whole-of-government and multi-stakeholder approach to engage a broad set of actors to support student learning.
Principle 5: Be Data-Driven
Evidence-based decision making within cultures of learning and experimentation, enabled by EdTech, leads to more impactful, responsible and equitable uses of data.
The World Bank works to discover evidence-based technology solutions in education; deploy solutions, at the pilot level and at scale; and diffuse this knowledge widely across policy makers and support capacity development to better use this new knowledge.
Discover: Identifying innovations and building the evidence base for EdTech
Deploy: Projects, pilots and digital global public goods
Diffuse: Capacity building networks and partnerships
(note: This publication is often referred to as the 'World Bank edtech approach paper')