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Aug 21, 2017

#80 - User-centred design: co-creating best of breed edtech with teachers for teachers

Hello and welcome everyone. This week we are in ‘takeover’ mode with Harness,  talking about user-centred design and creating edtech with teachers for teachers. 

Educators! Join in the co-development process: 

  1. Sign up for a free account on Unio by visiting
  2. Unio love to hear from teachers or senior leaders in education and welcome you to get in touch via email or Twitter at or @uniobyharness

What's in this episode?

We look at everything from how investment and growth plans influence edtech design to the good and the bad, to how teachers share information on practical edtech, and we also hear from Harness on their own personal edtech start-up story and why they believe 'a teacher a day keeps the EdTech in play'.

  • Sophie Bailey introduction
  • Nihal Salah, Marketing Director,Harness 
  • Pierre-Antoine Ulmo, Investor, Harness 
  • Mark Anderson, ICT Evangelist, Former Assistant Head, Award-winning blogger, speaker and edtech consultant
  • Bukky Yusuf, Secondary Science teacher, consultant and qualified coach, and a member of the teacher tech board at Harness
  • Diljit Hardy, Chemistry Teacher, Lutterworth College (mixed comprehensive 11+), and a member of the teacher tech board at Harness
  • Sophie Bailey outro - what's on next week's episode? 

Like this episode? Check out the message below from the team at Harness on how you can get involved in their product development and feedback.

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Thank you to this week's sponsor:

Unio is an interactive lesson delivery and assessment platform, designed with teachers to promote excellence in teaching and learning. Based around shared online screens between teachers and students, Unio makes it easy to personalise learning and assess progress at a glance.

Teachers can:

  • Create an interactive lesson by uploading an existing PowerPoint, Word or PDF.
  • Display lessons and live annotations on all student screens.
  • Assess understanding with self-marking quizzes.
  • Take control of any student’s screen to provide targeted feedback which students can access after class.

 Get involved here:

  1. Sign up for a free account on Unio by visiting
  2. Unio love to hear from teachers or senior leaders in education and welcome you to get in touch via email or Twitter at or @uniobyharness

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