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Why Having 'Geek Gap' Isn't Fatal

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Tech
Vivi Friedgut

The right tech-head at the table is key to contributing to the view that anything is possible while viewing the perspective through the prism of client desires and commercial imperatives. As in all parts of the business, the right mind, the right experience and the right zeal moves us from fit for purpose to frigging fantastic

The Death Of The Textbook: How The Rising World Of Parenting And Education Apps Is Transforming Digital Learning

Bhav Singh | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK Tech
Bhav Singh

Parents feel reassured knowing their children are making the most of their screen time development-wise, while also offering their children a more entertaining and fun learning experience. In essence this has the ability to introduce learning and development tools in a child's routine, while offering parent visibility.

A Truly Digital Classroom Needs To Address E-Safety Concerns

Patrick Hayes | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK Tech
Patrick Hayes

But these massive levels of engagement with digital devices are bringing with them new challenges and concerns. Indeed the same research found that 51% of primary school teachers and 49% of secondary school teachers are seen to require training in e-Safety issues.

Four Out Of Ten Students Say University Does Not Represent Good Value For Money

Natalie Nezhati | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Natalie Nezhati

If tuition fees are to remain at current levels with the likelihood of further rises, astute institutions will continue to add value wherever possible - through improved support, digital innovation, personalised learning and overall cost savings.

Predicting The EdTech Trends Of 2017

Natalie Nezhati | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Tech
Natalie Nezhati

User-generated content, bring your own device and big data were some of the fastest growing EdTech topics of 2016. Here are eight ideas and expert predictions for the year ahead.

Meet The Refugees Taking On The UK's Language Skills Deficit

Lena Garrett | Posted 01.01.2017 | UK Tech
Lena Garrett

tech for good The startup is called Chatterbox. By training and employing refugees ​as language tutors, the venture catalyses refugee integration into the UK labour market whilst tackling the country's language skills deficit.

Teaching Tech Is The Key To Increased Output and A Home Grown Economy

Casey Farquharson | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Tech
Casey Farquharson

Kids may not think coding is cool, but they do think YouTube is, and gaming and apps and pretty much everything else online. Teaching them not just to consume these products, but how to actively develop and manufacture them, could very well make us a force to be reckoned with in the global tech marketplace.

From Abacuses To Micro:Bits, How Is The Landscape Of Technology In Education Changing?

Carolyn Savage | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Tech
Carolyn Savage

Schools in the UK will also have the opportunity to put forward their case for scholarships to get free micro:bits, which means the pocket-sized codable computers will be more accessible to a new generation of technology pioneers regardless of their backgrounds.

How To Get The Best Out Of Yourself - Why Learning And Memory Are Effectively The Same Discipline

Ed Cooke | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ed Cooke

The perfect 'bicycle for the brain' is subtly different for everyone, of course. The advent of mobile has made it easier than ever before for people to learn in a time and way that suits their lifestyle. Memory works best when we give it a little to do often, while learning in different contexts makes your memory more robust because you don't associate information with any one place in particular.

I, teacher: Are You Ready for Chatbots in the Classroom?

Will Lord | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Tech
Will Lord

Chatbots will have already arrived in the lives of students (they've been appearing in Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp for some time) but what do teachers need to know? Should you be thrilled or fearful about the prospect of bots in the classroom?

Teachers Are the Secret to Tech Success in the Classroom

Patrick Hayes | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Tech
Patrick Hayes

Is it a case of Teachers vs Tech, or can the two work harmoniously together to drive up standards in the classroom? A longstanding debate has raged on this topic, which can be seen very effectively in the pages of this very publication, Huffington Post.

How EdTech Can Fill UK Classrooms With Global Maths Tutors

Patrick Hayes | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Tech
Patrick Hayes

Using a headset, and looking at exercises on the screen - from 270 set lessons - pupils never actually see the maths tutor. When the initiative first started, this was due to technical reasons, but Hooper has found that just hearing their voice helps to focus pupils: "students feel less self-conscious and are more happy to discuss and ask questions."

I Saw the Struggle Young People Faced to Acquire Digital Skills - I Wanted to Change That

Simon Riley | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Tech
Simon Riley

I didn't want the next generation of young people to go through the same thing as me. I wanted to give them access to practical technology skills early, so they could start building, designing and making stuff as soon as possible, teaching them through hands on projects and engaging problems that got them thinking creatively.

Let's Take a Bear Grylls Approach to Coding in Classrooms

Patrick Hayes | Posted 22.04.2017 | UK Tech
Patrick Hayes

Computer gaming was once a very different pursuit than it is now. Going to primary school in the 1980s, I spent countless hours on a Commodore PET. Not just playing the rudimentary educational games that loaded, after an age, from cassette.

Could This Be the End of Fatalistic Classroom Psychometric Tests?

Patrick Hayes | Posted 16.04.2017 | UK Tech
Patrick Hayes

My stomach churned when I heard a course leader tell an aspiring young manager in his early thirties that he should abandon any aspirations of becoming a CEO because his "type" suggested he was likely to be far better suited to being a right-hand man lending support to business leaders instead.

Could This Welsh Town Be the Next Edtech Silicon Valley?

Patrick Hayes | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Tech
Patrick Hayes

The Welsh coastal town of Fishguard in Pembrokeshire is about as far away from London's Silicon Roundabout as you can get. With the town is situated in the UK's only coastal National Park, surrounded by mountains and a picturesque shoreline with colourful fishing boats dotted along the quay.

Can We Help Children Manage Their Online Lives?

Rachel Jones | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Tech
Rachel Jones

The survey found that amongst 13- to 18-year-olds, 96% were signed up to social media networks such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Whatsapp. This to me isn't surprising at all, although I do find the inclusion of FaceBook interesting, as in my experience, children tend not to use this platform as much as the other social media apps mentioned.

The Death of the University Lecture

James Gupta | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
James Gupta

Methods of studying for students have changed very little for many years - though The Internet has given us access to a wealth of unfiltered information, traditionally the university experience has revolved around sitting in lectures, sitting in the library, cramming revision in, re-writing notes and highlighting textbooks.

The Case for Ridding Schools of Technology

Rachel Jones | Posted 10.07.2016 | UK Tech
Rachel Jones

Tech can provide a huge range of opportunities for learning, I don't think you can argue against that. But I sometimes think there needs to be a little thought into what's used, how it's used, and what the outcomes are.

Is Using Google Cardboard for the Classroom Anything More Than a Gimmick?

Rachel Jones | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK Tech
Rachel Jones

There is an opportunity to broaden horizons here, but in many ways it emphasises the distance away from these magical places, rather than revealing what children would need to do to have greater social mobility and experience them in the real world.

Five Ways to Be a Better (Digital) Parent

Rachel Jones | Posted 30.05.2016 | UK Parents
Rachel Jones

As more and more schools are using 1:1 devices, such as smart phones or tablets, as part of lessons, it cannot be just assumed that parents will know how to support their children in managing a healthy relationship with technology.

After Generation Y...Generation Tech

Duncan Higgins | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Duncan Higgins

How do we become adults? Is it by quietly learning, from our books, teachers and parents, until we have enough knowledge to go out into the world? Or is it by writing our own rules, taking risks and trying new ways of doing things?

Technology Opening up Access to Education

Jessica Rose | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Tech
Jessica Rose

Is there a crisis in education? Can technology help solve it? University applications by UK students have dropped by 1% according to figures release...

Educating Beta - Why Kids Need to get Behind the Apps and Learn to Code

Tamara Sword | Posted 19.01.2013 | UK Tech
Tamara Sword

Children growing up today are past masters at mobile. They're weaned early onto digital, their little minds soothed, calmed and cajoled with touchscreen time. As parents, we marvel at how quickly mere babes in arms master the swipe, double tap and pinch zoom.