EDUCATE researchers want to work with teachers on dispelling some of the myths and fear of using EdTech in the classroom.
The scheme will also help teachers to make the most of the technology they already have and advise them on purchasing EdTech that is effective and useful in teaching and learning.
The EDUCATE for Schools programme will be launched at the Bett Show, which takes place from January 23-26, in London. Schools will be invited to register their interest in the scheme, which will involve them assessing their technology needs and priorities against the school’s development plan.
Dr Kristen Weatherby, the EDUCATE researcher who devised the scheme and will be working with teachers and schools, said: “Schools often waste valuable resources on EdTech that gathers dust on a shelf or is locked in a cupboard because no one really knows what to do with it.
“EdTech is a growing industry and will become increasingly more important in the teaching and learning process, but we need school staff to become more informed and confident consumers and users of technology.
“From our experience of working with schools and technologists, we have learned that teachers are sometimes fearful of technology or may not quite grasp how it can help them, or they may not know what questions to ask to ensure it meets their needs.”
Dr Weatherby has been working on an initial trial with Hammersmith Academy in London. Gary Kynaston, the headteacher, said: “Working with EDUCATE for Schools has been really helpful in teaching our staff how to identify and prioritise our needs around EdTech. I now feel more confident that we’ll be able to find technology solutions that are really fit for purpose.”
*Schools wishing to find out more can download a guide at: educate.london/competition. Those doing so during the days of the Bett Show (January 23-26) will be automatically entered into a prize draw for a free two-hour EDUCATE for Schools staff workshop with a member of the EDUCATE research team.