Al’s #EdTech Blog
Sharing insights and articles on #EdTech, #DigCit and #Education
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
….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
EdTech: Four Steps for selecting new software for your school
When choosing new EdTech for your school, we must ensure value for money and impact. Al Kingsley breaks down four key steps to achieving this
There is no doubt about it: selecting new software for a school is a daunting process.
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
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….
Using EdTech to bolster digital literacy from a young age
Despite the advancement of technology permeating nearly every aspect of our lives, more than 11 million people in the UK lack basic digital skills, with one out of every 11 people completely avoiding the internet altogether. Although a House of Lords report, Growing Up With The Internet, argued back in 2017 that digital literacy “should be the fourth pillar of a child’s education alongside reading, writing and mathematics”
Increasing Teacher’s EdTech confidence one step at a time
With the radical changes that have occurred in education over the last year, teachers have had no choice but to get on board with technology. Some were already extremely comfortable teaching this way, but for those who previously only used it minimally in the classroom, facing their fears and tackling it head-on was the only option if education was to continue throughout the dark months of the pandemic.
Making The Right Technology Choices For Your Organization
Throwing money away is definitely at the bottom of every company’s to-do list. However, business IT is an area where this can happen on a potentially huge scale if a proper plan to test, analyze and seek out information is not in place.
Why it’s Vital That Teachers Are at the Heart of the EdTech Development Process
This pandemic has shown us all the important role education technology can play but, even more importantly, how vital it is that these technologies are designed in consultation with educators.
Digital footprints & the digital revolution
There’s a technological growth spurt in the classroom and, as a result, our kid’s digital footprints are getting bigger and bigger. That means a feast of data for the big tech providers.
How schools can build on EdTech gains during Covid
School leaders can capitalise on the technological lessons learned throughout the pandemic to come up with a clear digital strategy that doesn’t pile more burden on to stressed staff, writes Al Kingsley
Change the narrative
Despairing talk of ‘catching-up’ after Covid is self-defeating, argues Al Kingsley. Better to target necessary interventions using new assessment techniques and move on positively.
Who Wouldn’t Want To Be Disruptive?
As consumers, we’re always on the lookout for anything new. But it’s fair to say we don’t give a lot of consideration to how new products come into being, evolve and somehow miraculously follow what we want and need.
The Need for Tech Integration Over Innovation in Education
It’s common to describe the impact of technology with fast, sweeping terms such as “revolution”. And while that may be accurate in some circumstances, in some applications, it’s not a good description for what’s happening with technology in education – in EdTech.
Online safety is paramount
Even as adults, we may not be totally up to speed with every aspect of digital citizenship. I can tell you now that if everyone kept their personal information safe, didn’t share birthday dates online or photos that reveal crucial background information about their homes, incidences of burglary and ID theft would be much lower!