5 goals for edtech in 2020

TES | January 20, 2020

Educational technology (edtech) made significant strides in 2019.  Damian Hinds was the first secretary of state for education to acknowledge the potential and role of edtech in the teaching and learning processes, with the publication of the Department for Education’s edtech strategy and launch of the edtech leadership group. While there was more that could have been included, it was a very useful start to the discussion about edtech’s merits and uses. Meanwhile, we also await the outcome of the Commons Education Select Committee’s inquiry into the fourth industrial revolution and the potential impact of automation on the workplace, and the knowledge and skills we will all need to meet that challenge.

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As educators struggle with classroom engagement and collaboration, active learning classrooms can help create engaging, collaborative spaces.Today’s K-12 students are true digital natives. They are accustomed to technology and engaging through sophisticated, fast, consumer-friendly applications available anytime and anywhere. This makes it more challenging for teachers to catch and hold students’ attention. And with increasing emphasis on the value of teamwork and collaborative learning, educators are looking for better ways to help students engage with each other and with their teachers in the classroom. Active learning classrooms are drawing increased interest because they can address these issues.

Spotlight

As educators struggle with classroom engagement and collaboration, active learning classrooms can help create engaging, collaborative spaces.Today’s K-12 students are true digital natives. They are accustomed to technology and engaging through sophisticated, fast, consumer-friendly applications available anytime and anywhere. This makes it more challenging for teachers to catch and hold students’ attention. And with increasing emphasis on the value of teamwork and collaborative learning, educators are looking for better ways to help students engage with each other and with their teachers in the classroom. Active learning classrooms are drawing increased interest because they can address these issues.

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