Glossary Term

Education technology

Any technology—including hardware, software, and digital content-designed or appropriated for (any) educational purpose. It may be a deliberately designed piece of educational software, such as an educational video platform, or a piece of technology designed for more general use but incorporated into the teaching and learning process, such as database software. The use of this technology may be at home, at an education institution, in an after-school program, in a library, or at an informal learning center, and education technology may be used by teachers, school directors, or students.

Adapted from:

Burns, M. (2021). Technology in education. Paper commissioned for the 2023 Global Education monitoring report, technology and education. UNESCO.

Hennessy, S., Jordan, K., Wagner, D, et al. (2021). Problem analysis and focus of EdTech Hub’s Work: technology in education in low- and middle-income countries. EdTech Hub.