What you should know about the UK’s new EdTech strategy

The UK government recently unveiled a new EdTech strategy in an attempt to address issues educators face with the boom of new technologies.According to a press release from the Department for Education (DfE), “The use of technology in education will be transformed by a new Government strategy published today to reduce teacher workload, boost student outcomes and help level the playing field for those with special needs and disabilities.”The strategy is backed by funding of £10 million to support innovation and raise the bar in schools, colleges and universities across England.They outlined 10 education challenges the strategy aims to address and how they plan to do so. A recent study found that teachers in the UK are being overworked, working the most unpaid hours on average each week (12.1 hours), compared to other workers in the country. Hopefully, technology can help. To reduce teacher’s marking workload, the strategy plans to address how technology can be used to cut down time teachers spend on this arduous daily task. Other challenges include identifying how anti-cheating software can be improved and boosting training opportunities for teachers. Education Secretary Damian Hinds said, “We are living in a digital world with technology transforming the way we live our lives – both at home and in the workplace. But we must never think about technology for its own sake. Technology is an enabler and an enhancer. For too long in education, technology has been seen as something that adds to a teacher’s workload rather than helps to ease.”

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