MICHAEL
TRUCANO 
TECHNOLOGY | INNOVATION | EDUCATION

 

WRITING & RESEARCH

 

Mike's research and writing explore issues related to effective and ethical uses of new technologies in education around the world, with a strong focus on equity.

 

Current areas of inquiry include generative artificial intelligence in education, the use of digital educational credentials and, more broadly, emerging edtech policies, initiatives, and institutions after the pandemic.

 

latest

 

The rise of technology for education: Launch of the Global Reference Group
Global Partnership for Education

 

AI and the next digital divide in education

Brookings Institution

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Selected publications

 

Author of and contributor to numerous papers, technical reports, book chapters and books exploring the use of new technologies in education around the world, as author, lead author and co-author, including:

  • Trucano, M. (2022) Republic of Sudan: Policy Note: ICT in Education. World Bank.
     
  • World Bank EdTech Team. (2022). EdTech Toolkit for Remote Learning. World Bank.
     
  • Trucano, M. et al. (2020) Guidance Note on Remote Learning and COVID-19. World Bank.

  • Trucano, M. et al. (2020). Rapid response reference note: Remote Learning and COVID-19. World Bank.

  • World Bank EdTech Team. (2020) Remote Learning, Distance Education and Online Learning During the COVID19 Pandemic. World Bank.

  • World Bank EdTech Team. (2020) Rapid Response Guidance Note: Educational Television & COVID-19. World Bank.

  • Trucano, M. (2017) More perspectives on the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to benefit education in developing countries. Essays from the World Bank’s EduTech blog (Volume VIII). World Bank.

  • Trucano, M. (2017) Documenting national educational technology policies around the world and their evolution over time. World Bank.

  • Trucano, M. (2016) Teachers and tablets, mobile devices and 'MOOC Times': Innovations in technology use in education in developing countries. Essays from the World Bank’s EduTech blog (Volume VII). World Bank.

  • Trucano, M. (2016) Technologies in education across the Americas: the promise and the peril – and some potential ways forward. World Bank.

  • Trucano, M. (2015) Mobile Phones & National Educational Technology Agencies, Sachet Publishing & the Khan Academy: What's happening with educational technology use in developing countries. Essays from the World Bank’s EduTech blog (Volume VI). World Bank.

  • Trucano, M. (2014) Tablets & MOOCs, Digital Textbooks & Matthew Effects: What's new (and what isn't) in technology use in education in developing countries. Essays from the World Bank’s EduTech blog (Volume V). World Bank.

  • Trucano, M. (2013) Mobile learning and textbooks of the future, e-reading and edtech policies: Trends in technology use in education in developing countries. Essays from the World Bank’s EduTech blog (Volume IV). World Bank.

  • Trucano, M. (2012) Separating the Hope from the Hype: More perspectives on the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to benefit education in developing countries. Essays from the World Bank’s EduTech blog (Volume III). World Bank.

  • Trucano, M. (2012) “Information & Communication Technology.” in: Strengthening Education Quality in East Asia: System Assessment and Benchmarking for Education. World Bank.

  • Trucano, M. (2011) Worst Practices in ICT Use in Education, Low-Cost Gadgets, e-Books in Africa and a Hole in the Wall: Investigating the use of educational technologies in developing countries. Essays from the World Bank’s EduTech blog (Volume II). World Bank.

  • Trucano, M. (2010) Perspectives on the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to benefit education in developing countries. Essays from the World Bank’s EduTech blog (Volume I). World Bank.

  • Trucano, M. (2009) “What do we know about the effective uses of information and communication technologies in education in developing countries?” in: Assessing the effects of ICT in education: Indicators, criteria and benchmarks for international comparisons. European Commission/OECD. 

  • Dykes, G. and Trucano, M. (2009) "Case Study: Iceland." in: Digital learning resources as systemic innovation. OECD.

  • Gaible, E. and Trucano, M. (eds.) (2009) Surveys of ICT & Education in the Caribbean: Country Reports. infoDev/World Bank.

  • Farrell, G, Issacs, S and Trucano, M. (eds.) (2007) Survey of ICT & Education in Africa: 53 Country Reports. infoDev/WorldBank. 

  • Trucano, M. (ed.) (2005) Appropriate Uses of ICT for Teacher Professional Development in Developing Countries. infoDev/World Bank.

  • Trucano, M. (2004) Knowledge Maps: ICT and Education -- What we know, and what we don't, about ICT use in education in developing countries . infoDev/World Bank. 

  • Hawkins, R. and Trucano, M. "Getting a School On-Line in a Developing Country: Common Mistakes, Technology Options and Costs." Techknowlogia, 2002.

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The World Bank EduTech Blog


Mike was the principal author of the World Bank's influential EduTech blog, which explored and documented uses of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to benefit education in middle- and low-income countries for almost a decade. Eight annual compilations of posts from the World Bank EduTech blog were published as separate, stand alone documents. In 2024, the EduTech blog was merged into the World Bank's Education for Global Development blog, where all posts are now available. (more information)

 

Popular and/or influential EduTech blog posts include:

 

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Selected research projects

Mike led research under the World Bank’s flagship Systems Approach for Better Education Results program related to the use of new technologies (SABER-ICT), edited the related SABER-ICT working paper series, initiated the EdTech Readiness Index project, and coordinated the Global Networked Readiness for Education project. 

At Brookings, Mike led a research project exploring uses of digital education credentials and learning and employment records (LERs).

At infoDev, Mike coordinated a number of research initiatives, including:

 

Selected links to blog posts, essays, papers and books exploring the use of new technologies in education and new approaches to support teaching and learning around the world. 

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