I believe the answer is yes. This may surprise some of my readers. I am speaking FOR the motion that “Most investments in technology for schools are wasted” at an Oxford style Education Technology debate in Delhi on 21st of April. The debate is under the aegis of Infodev of the World Bank. Details below.
But first, here’s how I understand the proposition. It is in the present tense — that investments are wasted. It does not say that investment in technology should not be made, or that investments in technology can never be useful. It just says that at present — and implicit in there is the qualifier “in India” — most investments in technology are wasted. What I will do is to argue that this waste is because technology requires a deep back-end to support its use for it to be worth the money. Furthermore, one has to be wary of the siren call of fancy technology when even the basic conditions required for learning are not met.
I am looking forward to the debate. It is a free event but registration is required. There are some tickets available for in person attendance and also for the Webcast. You can sign up here.