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The ‘nerds who don’t do words’ need reining in

We no longer tolerate teachers who can’t teach, so don’t accept the empty promises of ed-tech companies that ignore the views of teachers and can’t justify the costs

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If you’ve been reassured to find educational technology being increasingly challenged and criticised, I have bad news for you. Lobbyists and advocates for the industry have their fingers firmly thrust in their ears. They’re not listening to teachers’ views.

In fact, they’re reaching for the megaphone. One company with international ambitions, EdTechXGlobal, in a forecast released earlier this year, argued that educational technology was “a global phenomenon” and projected world-market growth at 17 per cent per annum, to reach spending of $252 billion (£205bn) by 2020. That, of course, is ...

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