A panel on Education

SESSION TITTLE: The rise of EdTech: exploring the rise of technologies within the education sector – ensuring a human-rights based approach

Date: Tuesday 7th November, 2023 Time: 11:30am - 12:30pm (GMT +4)

SESSION OVERVIEW:

This session will delve into the rapid rise of Educational Technology (EdTech) and the challenge it poses. We will explore the different types of technologies that are being deployed within educational settings from facial recognition in schools to the rise of educational platforms.

The implementation of EdTech hasn't been accompanied by appropriate safeguards or responsible practices, from data protection to procurement processes - too many EdTech solutions and schools that use them are falling short of human rights protections.

We will discuss the implementation of EdTech around the world to better understand the trends and challenges, examining the privacy concerns, and the role of tech companies. Focusing on how we can ensure edtech is implemented in line with human rights standards, with appropriate safeguards against abuse, enhancing children’s education rather than being guided by corporate interests and securitisation narratives.

KEY DISCUSSION POINTS:

Identifying Hype and Evaluating Effectiveness:

- Defining hype in the context of EdTech and its impact on decision-making.

- Strategies for assessing the effectiveness of EdTech interventions.

- Sharing best practices and case studies of successful evaluation methodologies.

Ensuring Ethical Considerations:

- Examining the ethical implications of funding allocation in EdTech.

- Balancing the drive for innovation with responsible investment practices.

- Exploring the role of ethics committees and guidelines in EdTech decision-making.

Privacy and Data Protection in EdTech:

- Highlighting the importance of privacy and data protection in EdTech interventions.

- Understanding the risks associated with data collection and storage in educational settings.

- Strategies for implementing strong privacy measures while promoting data-driven education.

Collaboration and Partnerships:

- Fostering collaboration between EdTech providers, researchers, and educational institutions to enhance effectiveness evaluation.

- Developing partnerships with privacy experts and regulators to ensure compliance with data protection regulations.

- Sharing successful collaboration models and potential funding opportunities.

Policy and Regulation:

- Discussing the role of policymakers in addressing hype and ensuring effective use of limited funding.- Discussing the role of policymakers in addressing hype and ensuring effective use of limited funding.

- Examining existing policies and regulations related to EdTech funding and privacy.

- Identifying gaps and proposing policy recommendations to strike a balance between innovation, effectiveness, and data protection.