Education Technology

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.
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.
Life is filled with the unexpected events. We can't control what happens to us but we can control how we react to them and how we survive them. Create, innovate, collaborate and continue to evolve and watch how your "luck" changes.
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.
Moreover, by being able to intelligently monitor keystroke activity, both online and offline, allowing visibility of conversations or content being created in chatrooms, documents and messaging apps, schools can create smart and safe profiles of its pupils.
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.
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."
Creativity should be celebrated within schools. Creative people invent, problem-solve, discuss and communicate in fresh, exciting ways, we don't want this to be lost during school. Whatever the industry whether it's medical, science, engineering, academic research, technology, business, entrepreneurial; they all require creative thinkers to progress.
The election of a Conservative majority government tells us something very important about how we assess attainment in schools - the old system of 'levels', removed last September, won't be coming back. It may be controversial, but I see this as a good thing.
As the great and the good from the world of education technology last week gathered at BETT, the world's leading education technology trade fair, it was clear that despite all the latest innovations on show there is some way to go before education technology is embraced across our schools.