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Jun 11, 2017

Thank you to this week's sponsor ClassCentral

What's in this episode?

  • Intro -
    • Ovum’s Future Edtech event 13-14 June, London. Free tickets for Universities here and 10% discount for non-Unis quoting code edpod/10 here
    • Full Fabric's GDPR event on 22nd June reg here
    • The Edtech Podcast LIVE podcast on Is Edtech a Thing? Reg here!
    • New! ALT's annual conference, 5-7 September 2017, University of Liverpool, UK, register here: 
  • Interview (4:30 - 22:30) with:
    • Oliver Beach, Partnerships Manager at Kano, Past teacher in inner-city London schools,  Ambassador of the Teach First programme, regular contributor to the TES, Huffington Post, Telegraph and the Guardian. Also the founding advisor of a education charity which seeks to address inequity in opportunities for disadvantaged students, called Rocket Fund.
  • We talk about:
    • on the subjects of funding and inspiration and why teaching needs a rebrand
  • Interview (22:30 - 1hr:06) with:
    • Donah Shah, Newington Green Primary School
    • Michelle Thomas - Executive Head, New Wave Federation of primary schools
    • Martin Buck, Head of Secondary, Hackney Learning Trust
    • Ben Payne - Co-Director, Ministry of Stories
    • Toby Martin Hughs - Education Product Manager, SAM Labs
    • Ben Gill - Product Manager at Nesta and Launch Pilot at Rocket Fund
  • We talk about:
    • What are the key needs of the secondary and primary sector in Hackney?
    • How can developing edtech companies pilot their products with schools in a way that’s meaningful to both?
    • How does Rocketfund answer the tough initial questions about crowdfunding for schools?
    • What are the next steps for potential funders and schools?
  • Message from Class Central 


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Check out the Class Central Mooc Report and More...


Next up, a word from ClassCentral which if you’re into geeking out over online learning and MOOC reports like I am you’ll probably already know about! 

It's been more than half a decade since free online courses from Stanford kicked off the modern-MOOC or massive online open courses movement. Since then more than 700 universities around the world have launched MOOCS, used by over 60 million people. Gaining insight into this fast paced world is worth spending time on (especially for those implicated by such changes). That’s where Class Central comes in. 
Class Central launched at the end of 2011, and has kept track of the MOOC space right from the beginning. Not only does it list 7000+ courses, making it the #1 search engine for online courses, but the excellent MOOC report blog has deep analysis on what’s up, down, new or just slightly leftfield. With over 500+ articles written, Class Central has the most comprehensive coverage of the MOOC Industry.
I came across Class Central when I was preparing for a Department for International Trade webinar I was speaking on and found it invaluable. Since then, I met founder Dhawal Shah out at SXSWedu and he was excited to share the resource with all
of you. So definitely go and check it out at and let me know what you think! 


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  • a year and a half ago
    Jonny Davey
    GREAT Podcast. So many fantastic ed. tech projects going on in Hackney.
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