“I’ve been fortunate enough to see technology being used in revolutionary ways. Students are able to explore the rainforest, steer virtual ships or programme robots from their classroom, while teachers are able to access training, share best practice with colleagues and update parents on a pupil’s progress without being taken away from their main focus – teaching.”
– The Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP
Five key opportunities have been mentioned to create a step change in education, improving teaching and slashing workload. These include developing innovative:
- Teaching practices to support access, inclusion, and improved learning outcomes for all
- Assessment processes, making assessment more effective and efficient
- Methods for delivery of teacher training and development by upgrading educator support so they can learn and develop more flexibly
- Administration processes to reduce the burden of ‘non-teaching’ tasks
- Solutions to lifelong learning to help those who have left the formal education system to get the best from online learning
Questions around this subject:
- Will the tech companies jump on board to respond to this challenge?
- Will software and hardware be the answer to slashing workload?
- Will automation work symbiotically with the human element in the classroom?
- Can all educationalists embrace these waves of new technology & will it be available across all institutions?
- Are there resources in place for teachers and staff to be trained in using edtech meaningfully?