The rise of edtech in education
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Educational technology has advanced in leaps and bounds in recent years, and yet there is still a reluctance within education to accept edtech as a staple of modern teaching and learning. Educational technology can include online learning activities, virtual resources, game-based learning and much more.
Mark Chambers, the CEO of Naace, states that “the risk for the UK system is that we stagnate with increasingly ageing technologies rather than maintain the cutting edge in practice for which we had established an excellent international reputation.” Here are just a few ways that modern edtech can benefit schools:
Edtech makes teachers’ lives easier
If there is one thing that teachers need more of it’s time. With increasing workloads, two thirds of teachers in the UK have said that time spent marking has negatively affected their classroom time with pupils. The same survey found that 1 in 6 teachers spend over 11 hours per week on marking and reporting.
An Online Learning Cloud, such as DB Primary, provides internal email systems, noticeboards, calendars as well as full MIS integration. Live feedback and automatic marking of assigned learning activities can also free up valuable time. These education technology tools, when utilised, reduce the burden of admin and maximise the time that teachers have to focus on the most important part of their roles: facilitating pupil learning.
Edtech makes learning fun
Gamification in education makes learning enjoyable for pupils of all ability levels. Achieving challenges in game-based learning can increase perseverance, attention and memory. The Neurologist Judy Willis advises; “if a learner doesn't find the edtech tool enjoyable and goal-motivating, it won't be effective”, adding that “the best online learning games, apps, and programs sustain engagement through intrinsic motivation.” Interactive activities with tangible goals engage pupils with learning without it being a chore.
Collaboration and Communication
Modern educational technology allows for a world of collaboration between schools, teachers and pupils. Schools can share advice on the best edtech available and how to use it effectively, sharing information on how to make the most out of their technology. Teachers can now use tools such as social media to share ideas, strategies and resources in an instant. It has never been easier for teachers to access the tools required to develop their skills and to ensure pupils are having the best learning experience possible.
Online safety and edtech
The CEO of Naace states “the only place young people will learn appropriate competences is in schools who therefore have a huge social responsibility to teach the safe use of technology.” Digital literacy, the ability to effectively use technology and interact with content, is a key skill for all pupils and is an important part of the national curriculum.
Addressing the dangers of the internet is vital in order to teach pupils how to be smart and safe digital citizens. Education technology such as an online learning cloud can ensure the highest levels of security within a school via moderation and reporting tools.
Embracing edtech raises a school’s profile
Technology is a huge part of all of our daily lives, and it is only going to become even more vital as time goes on. Harnessing today’s educational technology is an excellent way to show that your school is adapting to its pupils needs in the present day as and into the future.
A school website is a key point in which schools can exhibit their modern approach to education, as well as boosting their Ofsted score by meeting national school website requirements.
Edtech is on the rise
Despite the reluctance to adopt edtech in some schools, the education technology sector is “one of the fastest growing tech sectors across Britain”, and it is set to grow even further. There has been a call recently to place edtech at the heart of educational reform in the same way as the US. The CEO of Edtech UK states “we have to use the current technological developments - aligned with ambitious vision by policy makers - to solve problems that have existed in the past.” Mark Chambers, Naace CEO, adds: “too many teachers are still stuck in outdated teaching methodologies that fail to incorporate the radical skills that young people should now be developing.”
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