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Online Safety

Online Safety

Approaches to digital safeguarding
In 2021 the online safety of students became a major concern. Al Kingsley has some starting points for a planned approach to digital safeguarding.

‘Levelling-up’: The emerging role of education technology

‘Levelling-up’: The emerging role of education technology

With children finally back in the physical classroom after more than a year-and-a-half’s worth of disruption, and the appointment of a new Secretary of State for Education, many in the sector feel cautiously optimistic as we slowly inch back to “normality”.

Advancing your school’s digital strategy

Advancing your school’s digital strategy

Of course, the most significant change is undoubtedly the increased use of blended learning – a change, I believe, that’s here to stay.

There is growing evidence of its benefits, and EdTech in general, particularly in terms of students’ engagement – and it offers much more flexibility for teachers and students alike.

How to select new software for your school

How to select new software for your school

There is no doubt about it – selecting new software for a school is a daunting process. There are many similar, but competing, solutions to sift through, as well as the significant time and effort needed to evaluate them – not just to see how they work, but to ensure they will cover all bases. All of this is made even more difficult with the added pressure of ensuring that the vast sum of money your school is about to spend will not be in vain

Forget one size fits all, we need tech that flexes

Forget one size fits all, we need tech that flexes

Anyone who knows me will know I am an advocate for the effective use of technology in schools. Often, the EdTech narrative focuses on the classroom space, but of course, the last 18 months have helped remove those physical constraints and encouraged us to think of EdTech playing a role irrespective of where the learner – or teacher, for that matter – may be.

Advancing your school’s digital strategy

Advancing your school’s digital strategy

….the most significant change is undoubtedly the increased use of blended learning – a change, I believe, that’s here to stay.
There is growing evidence of its benefits, particularly in terms of students’ engagement – and it offers much more flexibility for teachers and students alike

The Future of EdTech is simpler, not more complex

The Future of EdTech is simpler, not more complex

EdTech can be a confusing, fluid, complicated marketplace.

It’s complicated not just because teaching and learning are science, art, empathy and alchemy smushed together or because many of the tools we’re building are quite complex.

Celebrating young people and the challenges they have overcome during the past year

Celebrating young people and the challenges they have overcome during the past year

It is no secret that children and young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, have faced a plethora of challenges since the onset of Covid-19 in March 2020.

However, from school closures and social isolation to exam worries and university experiences, education technology (EdTech) and digital infrastructures more widely have played a key part in facilitating….

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