The idea that technology alone can solve problems is long past; the use of information and communication technology (ICT) in education is best as a tool to support good teaching and quality learning. In crisis contexts, where teaching and learning are jeopardized or interrupted, and where learners are on the move, the great possibility of ICT faces its toughest test.
Across the education value chain, and especially in emergencies and conflicts, ICT presents unique opportunities for: learner access to quality materials in formal and non-formal settings; teacher professional development; community and family engagement; administrative support; infrastructure data collection; and creating social networks that foster pathways to higher education and employment.
The INEE Technology and Education in Crises Task Team (TecTT) is a global group of non-profit, academic, philanthropic, and private sector experts focused on the use of technology to enhance educational opportunities in emergencies. The TecTT brings people together around technology and EiE contexts that encourages diverse participation and collaboration to research, develop, and advocate for the role of technologies in refugee, conflict, disaster, and other crisis contexts.
Objective 1: Share knowledge and information to build the evidence base for good practice, and to enable practitioners to carry out their work more effectively and efficiently. Collect, publish, and maintain materials that document various software and hardware platforms, and model and assess strategies and best practices for their deployment, particularly in emergency and post-crisis recovery. Use free/cheap and widespread tools — e.g. social media — to both provide this information and demonstrate its usefulness.
Objective 2: Maintain the ICT4EiE landscape to document and distribute efforts on promising practices, trying things out, as well as a productive critique of issues faced in the field. Document and distribute efforts and approaches to teacher and community preparation and support to effectively integrate ICT in the pedagogical process and the development of high quality open digital educational content and applications. Emphasize the ability to “try things out” before just adapting them — demonstration oriented.
Objective 3: Elevate the experience of people working on the ground to promote new ideas and innovations, and to raise awareness on key challenges and successes. Advocate and raise awareness among technology, donor, and first-responder communities about developing resources, funding, and deploying ICT in both risk-mitigation and emergency contexts. Create some rapid cost/benefit scenarios that make contributions more than just something good — but something important.
Contact the TECTT at technologytaskteam(at)ineesite.org.
The TECTT is open to INEE members working in the areas of technology and sustaining and restoring education is crisis contexts.
INEE task team membership is voluntary, and members join as individuals, not through an organizational affiliation. INEE members with interest and expertise in the thematic area of a task team may indicate their interest in joining the task team by directly contacting the co-conveners of the task team at technologytaskteam(at)ineesite.org.
If you cannot commit to being a task team member (8 hours per month), but you would like to stay informed about the work, you can join any of the INEE thematic email lists.
If you are interested in this work but are not yet a member of INEE, please join us - www.ineesite.org/join.
EdTech in Emergencies: What the evidence shows us
New Research and Tools for Education in Emergencies
|18 Jan 2018||Refugee Higher Education
Presenters: Jigsaw Consult, Refugee Support Network, UNHCR
Organized by INEE TECTT
|28 Sept 2017||ICT for M&E of Education Programming for Refugee Populations
Presenters: Ally Krupar, Penn State University and Albane Coeurquetin, Vodafone Foundation
Organized by INEE TECTT and USAID ECCN
|13 Sept 2017||
Microsoft Resources for Refugees: Case Studies and How to Get Started
The TECTT is currently developing an open, interactive online database of tools and projects relevant to delivering quality education in crisis contexts. This website - http://ict.ineesite.org/ - is designed for use by education in emergencies (EiE) providers and education technology tools developers.
This website is in the final stages of development. We invite you to poke around, test it, and send your suggestions for improvements before we launch it officially. Complete this form, or send comments to email@example.com.
Michaelle Tauson and Luke Stannard, Save the Children, February 2018