Innovating Education and Educating for Innovation

The Power of Digital Technologies and Skills

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OECD’s Innovation Strategy calls upon all sectors in the economy and society to innovate in order to foster productivity, growth and well-being. Education systems are critically important for innovation through the development of skills that nurture new ideas and technologies. However, whereas digital technologies are profoundly changing the way we work, communicate and enjoy ourselves, the world of education and learning is not yet going through the same technology-driven innovation process as other sectors.

This report served as the background report to the second Global Education Industry Summit which was held on 26-27 September 2016. It discusses the available evidence on innovation in education, the impact of digital technologies on teaching and learning, the role of digital skills and the role of educational industries in the process of innovation. The report argues for smarter policies, involving all stakeholders, for innovation in education.



Digitalisation, digital practices and digital skills

As technological change continues to accelerate, the digital economy is rapidly permeating the whole of the world economy, making digital skills key for almost everyone. This chapter briefly surveys the use of the Internet and information and communications technology by businesses and individuals and the links between digital behaviour and age, education and socio-economic background. It considers how far the “digital divide” is closing for students from different countries and backgrounds.Using data from international surveys, the chapter looks at digital skills among the adult population, and the impact they have on employment and wage levels, and national policies to foster greater skills. Finally, it examines digital skills among 15-year-olds and whether the gap between those from the richest and poorest households is closing as Internet access becomes more widespread.


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