Introduction: The UN Millennium Development Goals underscore the importance of applying the benefits of information and communication technologies (ICT) with institutions in developing countries and disadvantaged communities. This abstract highlights the role of technology as an educational change agent among the students and educators. Schools have focused on improving student’s achievements, have rigorous academic standards, assessments and accountability measures however a profound gap still remains between the knowledge and skills students learn in school, and the knowledge and skills they need in a 21st century workforce. Very rapidly, technology is becoming a core differentiator in attracting students and communities and continues to be the key source of growth in international education. Verizon Innovative Learning Program has believed that technology can be a vehicle to improve teaching learning and has been bringing educational change through technologies in India and The Philippines. With the focus on increasing efficiency of teachers and students in use of education technology to increase access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education among girls from underprivileged societies, students are exposed to technology, and additional enrichment interventions throughout the academic year at their secondary school level to ignite and sustain passion for Science and Math. In a country like India where only 3% females occupy positions in technology sector, where 16% are at mid management and a huge 81% percent are at junior rung, will such interventions change the figures in future? Based on the data gathered, we believe that technology is bringing change to international education.
Ranjeet Nath, Institute of International Education, India
Stream: Educational change through technologies
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