Michael Trucano is the World Bank’s Senior Education & Technology Policy Specialist and Global Lead for Innovation in Education, serving as the organization’s focal point on issues at the intersection of technology use and education in middle- and low-income countries and emerging markets around the world.
At a practical working level, Mike provides policy advice, research and technical assistance to governments seeking to utilize new information and communication technologies (ICTs) in their education systems. Over the past 15 years, Mike has been advisor on, evaluator of, and/or working-level participant in, educational technology initiatives in over 40 middle- and low-income countries.
Current and recent areas of notable activity and attention include: ICT/education policy development; the development of national agencies leading educational technology initiatives; new directions in educational publishing; the use of mobile devices (especially mobile phones) in education; online learning (including MOOCs); developing standards forglobally comparable data related to technology use in education; assessing the impact of technology use in education;’new economy skills’; child Internet safety; and low-cost ‘ICT devices’.
A frequent public speaker and interview subject on the use of technology in education around the world, and on ICT use for development (ICT4D) purposes more broadly, he is the principal voice behind the World Bank’s influential EduTech blog.
On the research side, Mike leads the World Bank’s related analytical work under its flagship Systems Approach for Better Education Results (SABER) initiative as it relates to information and communication technologies (SABER-ICT).
In addition to his advisory work on projects funded by the World Bank and other international aid agencies and donors, he serves on a number of external advisory boards for non-profit groups and prize committees and organizes off-the-record efforts to help groups learn from ‘failed’ projects and initiatives.