Article in WEF Global Information Technology Report

Written by: Punya Mishra

Primary Source: Punya Mishra’s Web


Everybody has heard of the  World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. As Wikipedia says, “The meeting brings together some 2,500 top business leaders, international political leaders, selected intellectuals, and journalists to discuss the most pressing issues facing the world, including health and the environment.” The WEF is more than the Davos meeting, however. It is an “independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas.” Website at

The WEF recently came out with the Global Information Technology Report 2015. The theme this year was ICT for Inclusive Growth. I was invited to write a chapter in the report by Anurag Behar, vice-chancellor of the Azim Premji University and co-CEO of the Azim Premji Foundation. You can access the complete report by clicking the link above or read the PDF of our chapter by clicking on the title below.

Behar, A., & Mishra, P. (2015). ICTs in Schools: Why focusing policy and resources on educators, not children, will improve educational outcomes. In ICT for Inclusive Growth: Global Information Technology Report 2015. World Economic Forum.

Sadly this doesn’t mean that I am headed to Davos anytime soon… but it is good to have our ideas out there, hopefully to be read by “business, political, academic, and other leaders of society” and through that, hopefully help “shape global, regional, and industry agendas.”

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Punya Mishra is a professor of Educational Psychology & Educational Technology at the College of Education at Michigan State University. He also directs the Master of Arts in Educational Technology program. He recently co-chaired the SITE 2011 conference at Nashville after having chaired the Innovation & Technology Committee of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. The readers and editors of Technology and Learning journal recently named him as one of the ten most influential people in educational technology.

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