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Aug 31, 2017


#81 - How can Edtech Drive School Improvement?

A panel discussion run by the British Educational Suppliers Association during London Edtech Week 2016, recorded for The Edtech PodcastListen here.

What's in this episode?

Hello and welcome everyone. From apps that are aspiring to be the Uber of supply teaching, to cutting-edge platforms and assessment tools allowing school data to be analysed in innovative new ways, many EdTech companies are aiming to enhance teaching and learning experiences across the UK and in doing so, transform the way that schools operate – saving them both time and money. As well as playing a unprecedented role in helping to raise standards of attainment; and improving the quality of what is taught and how it is taught.

This week's episode looks at all of these things and the UK's standing in edtech, alongside an increasing attraction to international expansion opportunities. I hope you enjoy! (Plus, don't forget to check out the reference links below, for more guest suggestions and reading on this topic.) 


Sample quotes: 

We need to drive efficiencies within our schools so we can save money and spend that money on having more teachers in classrooms with our kids, as thats what schools are all about 

Edtech as a term means more to policy makers, incubators than to schools  

There’s a famous saying for those teachers here, y’know, consistency leads to outstanding outcomes 


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