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Inspired by Technology, Driven by Pedagogy: A Systemic Approach to Technology-Based School Innovations


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Inspired by Technology, Driven by Pedagogy: A Systemic Approach to Technology-Based School Innovations


Technology has come to play an integral and important role in education. Despite the current recession, and even seeing an opportunity in it, many countries are now investing heavily again in promoting technology-based school innovations by way of universalising access (one computer per student) and of producing digital learning resources and platforms. If innovation at large can be seen as a means to capitalise on educational investments, the same can be said of investments in technology in education. Countries have to develop systemic approaches to make the most of their confidence in technology-based school innovations because, in the long run, that is probably the most effective way of securing such investments.

The perspective presented in this publication addresses precisely the issue of how technology-based school innovations can not only be fostered and supported but also monitored, assessed and eventually scaled-up – which is even more important from a systemic perspective. In this respect, this publication is an attempt to capture the key issues that matter for a better understanding of how a systemic approach to technology-based school innovations can contribute to quality education for all, promoting a more equal and effective education system. Sufficient return on public investments in education and our ability to innovate are today more important than ever.

In particular, this publication focuses on the novel concept of systemic innovation; on the emerging opportunities to generate innovations that stem from Web 2.0 and the important investments and efforts that have gone into the development and promotion of digital resources; and on alternative ways to monitor, assess and scale up technology-based innovations. In particular, some country cases, as well as alternative research frameworks, are highlighted.


Human capital is at the heart of the innovation process, and our educational systems bear the primary responsibility for nurturing and developing the capacities and innovative capabilities of our fellow citizens. Yet, education is costly; for many countries, educational expenditures constitute a large proportion of public spending. In the light of the current recession and consequent budget constraints that every country faces, governments are looking at ways to maximise the returns on their investments in education. This is not a purely economic perspective: human capital and talent are critical for the development of our societies; thus, investing in education and getting returns on it are important for the well being of all.

Table of contents

  • Chapter 1. The need for a systemic approach to technology-based
    school innovations
    Part I. A Changing Landscape
  • Chapter 2. Web 2.0 and the school of the future, today
  • Chapter 3. Can digital learning resources spur innovation?
    Part II. How Technology-Based Innovations are Monitored Assessed and Scaled Up
  • Chapter 4. Monitoring and assessing the use of ICT in education
  • Chapter 5. Extending and scaling technology-based innovations
    through research
    Part III. Promising Avenues For Research
  • Chapter 6. The third lever: innovative teaching and learning research to support educational change at the system level
  • Chapter 7. Design research on technology-based innovations
    Part IV. Conclusions
  • Chapter 8. Lessons learnt and policy implications





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