Manos Antoninis: “Technology in education: A tool on whose terms?”, UNESCO GEM Report Presentation

The 7th Primary Colors of Education conference: “ARISE for well-being” organized in partnership with NEPC members at the ARISE network has concluded last week. The theme of the conference was well-being in education, encompassing a wide range of topics such as school environment, intersectoral cooperation and crisis management. One of the more novel factors affecting the well-being of students and teachers is the fast transition to digital technology in education induced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

To answer the question of whether use of technology in education has done more harm than good, we hosted Mr. Manos Antoninis. Mr. Antoninis is the director of the UNESCO Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report, and has held this position since 2017. He was formerly responsible for the monitoring section of the report. Currently, Mr. Antoninis is co-chairman of the Technical Cooperation Group working on sustainable development goals in education (SDG4: “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”). Prior to working at GEM, he worked on international projects related to financing, monitoring and evaluation of education. He holds a DPhil in Economics in the field of technical education and the labor market in Egypt, completed at the Center for the Study of African Economies of the University of Oxford.

Mr. Antoninis delivered a presentation on the UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report: “Technology in Education: A tool on whose terms?”. The report details the results of elaborate research efforts into the effects of technology use in education. Findings from the report highlight how the transition to digital educational technology affected outcomes and the well-being of learners and educators around the world. The full report is available here.

Take a look at how it went!

Mr. Antoninis joined us over Zoom.


The presentation was facilitated by our director, Lana Jurko. The recording of the presentation along with the Q&A section is available below.

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