Diagnosing the problem with edtech

Tom Starkey was fed up with the misuse of edtech in schools, so journeyed into the medical profession to see if some lessons from the health sector can help teachers better students’ education

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I have watched the implementation of education technology in schools and colleges with quiet bemusement, sometimes with befuddlement and sometimes with outright horror.

I’ve been there when conceptualisation has crashed and burned because it’s come face-to-face with children, rather than a romantic notion of what children are. I’ve watched management get suckered into deals for software that is an ill fit for the task in hand and results in more, not less, work for teachers. I’ve had hours wasted learning to utilise a new tech tool, only for it to be abandoned on a whim and replaced with ...

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