On April 21 infoDev, a donor-funded agency hosted by the World Bank, will be launching the first draft of its Survey of Information and Communication Technology for Education in India & South Asia. This important new report, commissioned from Price Waterhouse Coopers India, is the latest in a series of regional surveys of the current state of the use of technology in education. The report will be presented and discussed at a public forum at the same venue, starting at 10.30 am - RSVP to Public Forum
Are most investments in technology for schools wasted?
A Live Educational Technology Debate, Wednesday April 21, 14;00 – 16:00
Hosted by the World Bank office Delhi, India
To help the report authors in their review process, and to stimulate discussion of these themes in South Asian society, infoDev will be bringing its successful online discussion - Educational Technology Debate - to Delhi, India in this special live debate, to be webcast around the world. An afternoon of lively discussion is promised around key topics at the intersection of ICT and education:
The Educational Technology Debate will bring the classic Oxford-style Debate process to India as noted experts in the field are invited to debate the following motion:
|Most investments in technology for schools are wasted: Discuss|
|There is a general consensus that Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) such as radio, TV, computers, the Internet, and mobile phones can increase educational experiences and improve education. But is this opportunity being overhyped?|
|Speaking FOR the motion, arguing that most investments in technology for schools are wasted||Speaking AGAINST the motion, arguing that most investments in technology for schools are worthwhile |
|Atanu Dey is a noted speaker on ICT in education and an economist at Netcore Solutions in Mumbai, India ||Ashish Garg is the Asia Regional Coordinator for Global eSchools and Communities Initiative, based in New Delhi|
|Benjamin Vergel De Dios is a Programme Officer for ICT in Education projects at UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education in Bangkok, Thailand.||Neel Rattan, Partner, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, India, which is producing the infoDev Survey of ICTs for Education in India & South Asia|
|Sam Carlson is a World Bank Lead Education Specialist and project team leader for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan in India||Wayan Vota is an ICT in education consultant to infoDev, and moderators the online Educational Technology Debate |
The audience will hold the last word. Participants will be invited to vote FOR, AGAINST or UNDECIDED on the motion both before and after the debate. The side that swings the most votes during the course of the debate will be declared the winner.