Bad ICT practice – key things to avoid

Michael Trucano from the World Bank highlights some bad Education ICT practice:

  • Dump hardware in schools, hope for magic to happen
  • Design for OECD learning environments, implement elsewhere
  • Think about educational content only after you have rolled out your hardware
  • Assume you can just import content from somewhere else
  • Don’t monitor, don’t evaluate
  • Make a big bet on an unproven technology (especially one based on a closed/proprietary standard) or single vendor, don’t plan for how to avoid ‘lock-in
  • Don’t think about (or acknowledge) total cost of ownership/operation issues or calculations
  • Assume away equity issues
  • Don’t train your teachers (nor your school headmasters, for that matter)