There are so many useless acronyms in the world that anyone would be forgiven for not knowing the meaning of most of them, but there is one important acronym that has been gaining momentum in global education in recent years: STEM.
In the area of technology and data-powered solutions, the space that receives the most hype, Brookings argues that many approaches are simply not innovative enough. It finds that tech is mostly being used to augment or substitute existing approaches, and concludes that just 1 in 5 technology-based innovations can considered to be genuinely transformative.
Why teach children coding? When they grow up the coding languages they were taught as kids will be obsolete. This is a question that I have been asked when talking about the importance of teaching kids about technology. On the surface, there is some sense in this statement. But dig a little deeper and you'll understand that this attitude towards technology is part of the problem.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.