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Feb 26, 2017
  • With thanks to this week's sponsors Disney Circle and Full Fabric (check them out below)!
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  • Enjoy a $50 discount at SXSWedu® with the code: reg-edu-etp_c5173c53f9 

What's in this episode?

  • Hear from a variety of attendees, speakers and exhibitors at Bett on edtech trends including data, financial squeeze, & class sizes
  • Hear from Global Teacher Prize Winner '16 Hanan Al Hroub on why teachers should be given more space and time to be creative and focus on students 
  • Hear from an ICT coordinator of a school district in Sweden responsible for 8000 students on why 'hardware is not the solution'
  • Hear from an ICT Advisor to the UAE Ministry of Education on the Emiratisation of schools to become and education destination
  • Hear from Show My Homework co-founder Jon Tiss on Satchel and the early days of starting SMH 'in a room, with no natural light.' 
  • Hear from Amanda Jackson, Inspector for Standards and Effectiveness for Computing and eSafety,and Dave Smith, Computing & Online Safety Adviser/Business Development Lead, Havering Education Services on UK edtech strategy, international visitors and new services

Thank you to this week's Sponsors, plus special discounts: 


Circle with Disney got in touch via twitter thinking I was based in the US, but although they’re yet to come to the UK they are still saying hi to all of you lovely listeners because our second biggest audience are in the US, but wherever you are hello! So what is Circle? Well, I think everyone listening has probably cried to Bambi, or Dumbo so you know what Disney is! Circle with Disney is a little device designed for families to help manage content and time spent online across devices in the home. It pairs to Wi-Fi routers and 4G or WiFi networks of Tablets, PCs, Smart Phones, and all devices its connected with and allows parents to filter content, set time limits and bedtimes across platforms like YouTube, Minecraft, Facebook, Netflix and Snapchat. Which reminds me of when my mum tragically pulled the plug from our Amstrad PC on a hot summer’s day just before we could crush the boss man on Kung Fu Master. I didn’t thank her then, but I definitely do now. 

The best thing is the kind folks at Circle have sorted out special Free Shipping and a $10 OFF discount for you listeners if you go to and enter the code EDTECH. The code will be live till the 31st March. Thank you Circle. 

Next up, our friends at Full Fabric with a message to all the higher education listeners out there. If you work in university admissions and you’re considering ways to streamline your marketing and on boarding processes check them out! Full Fabric is developed by a team who worked within a university and were frustrated by the experience of supporting students effectively. They realised any software solution needed to be customisable to help universities recruit, market to and admit students in one place. All data is hosted on the cloud, meaning it can be accessed anytime, anywhere and on a range of devices.

If that sounds of interest to you, you can request a free consultation about your university’s admissions process by visiting 

Sample quotations: 

Amanda Jackson, Inspector for Standards and Effectiveness for Computing and eSafety, Havering Education Services

  • Denmark - ‘The thing that they were really interested in were the micro:bits.’
  • VR: 'It can’t ever replace a good trip somewhere, but it can work really well when you have good context’

Dave Smith, Computing & Online Safety Adviser/Business Development Lead, Havering Education Services

  • A UK digital strategy for schools: 'That’s something we desperately need. We need to be driving that in our schools.’
  • Sweden: 'When I went there in 2011 for the first time, in the swedish authority all the students have a laptop of their own and all the students are allowed to install their own programmes.’ 

Soren Anderson, ICT-strategist for the school district of Sandviken, Sweden

  • 'We are a high tech country, but i fell like we missed something on the way.’
  • I think that many of us thought that if we just have everything we need (technically) it would solve every problem, but it didn't’ 

IT Advisor, UAE Ministry of Education 

  • 'We would like our country to be number one in education.’ 
  • 'Our strategy is to enhance education through Emirati schools.'

Jon Tiss, Co-Founder, Show My Homework

  • 'Naimish regular goes out to schools. I still go out to schools. The classroom changes week to week. If you take your finger off the pulse, your’e already outdated.'
  • 'That’s how we started. It was me and him. One developer. In a room with no natural light.'
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Media Partnership with SXSWedu® Conference & Festival

The Edtech Podcast will attend the seventh annual SXSWedu® Conference & Festival in Austin, March 6-9, 2017 to document the passionate and diverse community of education stakeholders brought together across its four days of programming. As part of our media partnership, listeners can access a $50 discount on tickets by going to and entering the code reg-edu-etp_c5173c53f9 at check-out! Shout out @podcastedtech if you're going and use the code :) 


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The EdTech Exchange is Europe's largest community of EdTech Founders and provides members with mentoring, support and a programme of events designed to share best practice through peer-to-peer learning. The Exchange brings together like-minded EdTech entrepreneurs, encouraging them to exchange ideas, swap war stories, and give and receive advice from their peers. It is solely for Founders of EdTech companies who have raised at least £100,000 of financing or revenue, with many members having raised significantly more. 


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