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Sep 4, 2016

'Flipped learning and launching a new tech school' 

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What's in this episode?

  • Intro, what’s in this week’s episode, new venue for the launch party, and other news items
  • Interview with Kirsty Tonks, Principal Designate at Shireland Technology Primary School, UK ( a new ‘flipped classroom’ primary opening in 2018)
  • Kirsty Tonks own journey over 22 years of working in education; how the ubiquity of tech has made explaining the benefits to teachers, parents and students easier
  • Roadmap for the Shireland Technology Primary School, UK ( a new ‘flipped classroom’ primary opening in 2018)
  • How Shireland believes in ‘using technology in a mundanely clever way’
  • How to use audio and video feedback to halve teacher marking times
  • How to create a school ethos to create ‘smart creatives’ of the future able to select tools appropriately for each task
  • The questions to ask before purchasing tech
  • Why sustainable change towards innovation has to be systemic, not just based on a few
  • The opportunities of being an academy or free school
  • How ITT trainers can provide better teacher training
  • How to create an expectation around using impactful tech methodologies in the classroom and to save time in school processes
  • Kirsty’s desire to see a broader curriculum with innovation across all subjects not just ‘computing’
  • Working with Sir Mark Grundy, and the history of tech in education
  • What’s Maths Flip and how can it help with the ‘efficacy’ of tech for education?
  • Kirsty Tonks’ Summer Reading list

Sample quotes

  • ON TECH:
    • it isn't the tech itself but the impact it could have
    • my philosophy has always been if i can do it again body can do it
    • we talk at Shireland about using technology in a mundanely clever way..
  • ON OPENING AN ENTIRELY NEW FLIPPED PRIMARY SCHOOL:
    • it’s exciting because it’s a blank piece of paper, but it’s terrifying because it’s a blank piece of paper as well
    • ‘if there is anyone in the west midlands area who’s interested in being a smart creative then please do make contact.
    • ‘we want technology to underpin all aspects of learning not just a pigeon hole of computing.’
  • MESSAGE TO ITT PROVIDERS:
    • from a teacher training perspective i still think there is a way to go
    • don’t focus on the sexy bits
  • GETTING TEACHERS ON BOARD:
    • ‘it’s about having that conviction’
    • ‘for sustainable change it has to be systemic, not just about a few creative teachers.’
  • FOR THOSE PROCURING TECH:
    • What’s going to make the most impact with the least investment?
    • Test things first in the classroom

Further reading: 

 

Loughborough University London to host The Edtech Podcast Launch Party! 

Delighted to announce the venue will be Loughborough University London.
Last few educator tickets available via eventbrite.
#edtechpod


Loughborough University is ranked as a top 10 university for research excellence, with almost 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. This year Loughborough University topped the Times Higher Education Student Satisfaction survey; an interview focusing on Loughborough Universities UX strategy was released on episode 10 of The Edtech Podcast.


The Loughborough London campus opened 6 months ago and the course focus on Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, and Media and Creative Industries make it a perfect fit for the communities involved in education technology.

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