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Jan 29, 2023

Welcome to this episode in our series produced by Professor Rose Luckin's EDUCATE Ventures Research, exploring 'Evidence-Based EdTech', and hosted on The Edtech Podcast

This mini-series connects, combines, and highlights leading expertise and opinion from the worlds of EdTech, AI, Research, and Education, helping teachers, learners, and technology developers get to grips with ethical learning tools that are led by the evidence. 

For this episode, Rose and Karine play host to Lord Jim Knight in the EdTech Podcast Zoom studio this week, and try to understand the arguments surrounding the establishment of Oak National Academy as an 'Arm's Length Body'.

They dig into whether Oak Academy - an organisation providing an online classroom and resource hub and set up in the UK during the pandemic -  has shifted substantially from a well-intentioned response to Covid to something more challenging for the Edtech sector and potentially those it serves. 

And finally, shout out to Rose, Karine and Jim for also digging into the world of ChatGPT and how we should start thinking of that within our classrooms and for our young people.

Thank you to Learnosity for sponsoring this episode, and for supporting the Evidence-Based EdTech series on the EdTech Podcast.

Jan 28, 2023

Hello everyone and welcome back to The Edtech Podcast, where we aim to improve the dialogue between “ed” and “tech” for better innovation and impact.

In this series, sponsored by WorkTripp, we are looking at all things Future of Work, and how that intersects with learning, leadership, humans, and technology.

In this episode, I'm chatting with author and founder Garry Pratt. We explore:

  • The foundations of entrepreneurialism 
  • The evolution of edtech (and the internet) 
  • The science behind outdoor time, creativity and innovation (for entrepreneurs & educators)

Show Notes and References  

You can find links to any references from the episode in our show notes: https://theedtechpodcast.com/edtechpodcast.

Tell us your story

We'd love to hear your thoughts. Record a quick free voicemail via speakpipe for inclusion in the next episode. Or you can post your thoughts or follow-on links via twitter @podcastedtech or via The Edtech Podcast LinkedIn page or Instagram.

Jan 9, 2023

Hello everyone and welcome to The Edtech Podcast and this episode in collaboration with EdSurge. 

This is the second episode in a three-part series to explore the nuances of adult lifelong learners and what sparks their return to University.

A shout out to WorkTripp and Lumina Foundation for supporting this episode, EdSurge for the amazing journalism, and great to have the learner voice front and centre in this mini-series. As always, do let us know what you think. 

Jan 9, 2023

Welcome to the second episode in a series produced by Professor Rose Luckin's EDUCATE Ventures Research, exploring 'Evidence-Based EdTech', and hosted on The Edtech Podcast

This mini-series connects, combines, and highlights leading expertise and opinion from the worlds of EdTech, AI, Research, and Education, helping teachers, learners, and technology developers get to grips with ethical learning tools that are led by the evidence. 

For this episode, we examine the state of technology in work, training, and mentorship, and ask what role evidence plays when we are dealing with environments where (usually) productivity is the thing that’s measured. 

Is productivity for the sake of it good?  How do we know the technology that the current and future workforce encounters, benefits them?  As many roles demand a more complex skill set, and fluency in technology, is there a risk we’re leaving people behind?  What do employability, recruitment, and skills look like in the age of the portfolio career?  

We'll be asking:

  • Are the skills, the ways of working, ways of thinking, ways of measuring success, that schools teach young people, appropriate for today’s world of work?
  • How we balance human intelligence in the workplace with, broadly, ‘machine intelligence’; that is how we work with and support the human learner or worker, with the tech that many workplaces ask us to use
  • What do we mean by ‘deep skills/reskilling/upskilling’, and this idea that people aren’t just sticking to one role, one organisation or type of work for 20, 30, 50 years?
  • And most importantly, what evidence is there to help us understand what young people need and what can be done to effectively prepare young people for their ever-changing futures?    

Thank you to Learnosity for sponsoring this episode, and for supporting the Evidence-Based EdTech series on the EdTech Podcast.

Dec 16, 2022

Welcome to this Christmas/Seasonal bonus episode examining evidence-based EdTech in toys for children and young people.

Featuring two hosts from the EDUCATE Ventures Research team, founder Rose Luckin and former headteacher and Chief Education Advisor Karine George, this seasonal special looks at a number of EdTech must-have toys and the questions that should be asked of them by any parent and carer looking to spend their money wisely.

Toys are tools of play, and the educational toy market is booming. Below you can find our list of questions to ask of the technology. Head to our website for details of the toys/models in question to help you hunt down the best deals across the holiday season and whenever you are thinking about EdTech across the rest of the year. 

The Questions

  1. User Agency – one of the potential advantages technology brings is the potential for a child to gain some agency – to be in charge.  What does this tech do to enable agency? 
  2. Versatility – is the toy versatile to meet specific needs? For example, if the child has problems with fine motor skills then small controllers or keyboards may not be the best option? If they are visually impaired, they may need text to speech or a connected refreshable braille display.  Ensure the games are age appropriate
  3. Value for Money – will you need to buy additional accessories?  Are there subscription costs?  How durable is the toy?
  4. Evidence – what evidence exists to say this toy works or has value, and are you convinced by it? 
  5. Long-Term Engagement – will this toy or device live past a honeymoon period?
  6. Safety/Ethics – does this toy connect to the internet?  If it can then two issues need to be addressed: what can the child access through this device, and what information about the child is being tracked or recorded and how is this being used?
 

Tell us where you are listening in from

We’d love to hear your thoughts. Record a quick free voicemail via speakpipe for inclusion in the next episode. Or you can post your thoughts or follow-on links via Twitter @podcastedtech or via The Edtech Podcast LinkedIn page or Instagram.

Dec 9, 2022

Welcome to this first episode in a series produced by Professor Rose Luckin's EDUCATE Ventures Research, exploring 'Evidence-Based EdTech', and hosted on The Edtech Podcast. 

This mini-series connects, combines, and highlights leading expertise and opinion from the worlds of EdTech, AI, Research, and Education, helping teachers, learners, and technology developers get to grips with ethical learning tools that are led by the evidence. 

For this episode we examine the presence of EdTech in schools, looking at how we judge whether the tech ‘works’ or not.  We explore what makes for good evidence, why contextual use is significant, and how school CPD, infrastructure development, and staff capacity building are vital to making the most of the tools at our disposal. 

We are chatting to:

Can our schools operate as testbeds for emerging technology, and is this an ethical or beneficial use of class time?  Why is an evidence-led investment and regulatory ecosystem so important?  What is a ‘research mindset’ for aspiring technology developers, and do users even care about the evidence?  

We'll be asking:

  • How do we know EdTech works? 
  • What does good evidence look like, and what can stakeholders in the ecosystem do to ensure it is high-quality?
  • What are the biggest barriers to generating good evidence and getting it into the hands of the people in companies responsible for technology development, and into the hands of those using that technology? 

Thank you to SMART Technologies for sponsoring this episode, and for supporting the Evidence-Based EdTech series on the EdTech Podcast

Dec 7, 2022

Hello everyone and welcome back to The Edtech Podcast, where we aim to improve the dialogue between “ed” and “tech” for better innovation and impact.

In this NEW series, sponsored by WorkTripp, we are looking at all things Future of Work, and how that intersects with learning, leadership, humans, and technology.

In this episode, I'm chatting with the authors of WorkStyle, and the founders of Hoxby, Lizzie Penny and Alex Hirst. We explore:

  • Why 2014 is a magical year for the "future of work"
  • The role of technology in the "future of work" 
  • Why flexible working and the 4 day working week still track back to the 9 to 5
  • Autonomy, motivation and upskilling 

Show Notes and References  

You can find links to any references from the episode in our show notes: https://theedtechpodcast.com/edtechpodcast.

Tell us your story

We'd love to hear your thoughts. Record a quick free voicemail via speakpipe for inclusion in the next episode. Or you can post your thoughts or follow-on links via twitter @podcastedtech or via The Edtech Podcast LinkedIn page or Instagram.

Nov 18, 2022

What's in this episode?

Hello beautiful listeners! 

In this episode, we chat to:

  • A business on a mission to provide better opportunities to apprentices through technology and coaching, with

    • Chichi Eruchalu, Head of Leadership Development, Multiverse

  • A business that maps talented gamer skills traits to learner and employment pathways with

    • David Barrie, Founder, Game Academy

  • An online community working connecting 11 million unpaid carers to peer-to-peer learning with

    • James Townsend, Founder, Mobilise

This episode is part of our VocTech Podcast series produced in collaboration with Ufi VocTech Trust, as part of the annual #WeekOfVocTech. 

Check out the full episode show notes and references here: https://theedtechpodcast.com/edtechpodcast.

Tell us your story

Record a quick free voicemail via speakpipe for inclusion in the next episode. Or you can post your thoughts or follow-on links via Twitter @podcastedtech or via The Edtech Podcast Facebook page or Instagram. We'd love to hear your thoughts.

Nov 6, 2022

What's in this episode?

In this week's episode, we are in collaboration with EdSurge and publishing the first of a three-part series EdSurge have developed to explore the nuances of adult lifelong learners and what sparks their return to University.

There are 36 million Americans who have earned some college credit, but not an actual degree. More colleges than ever are trying to help these students return to finish what they started. But so far, colleges are better at attracting these learners than helping them get across the finish line. Why is it so hard? What do these students want? What challenges do they face? And what strategies seem to be working?

Listen in for this first peek into how life events and external forces often challenge our well-laid educational plans and what become the motivational forces for us completing University as returning adult learners?

Questions in my head, as we venture through the series. 

  • Will our future education be less about finishing and more about dipping in as and when?
  • Will we get over the to do list of completing our college degree?
  • And how can technology (as well as intrinsic motivation) help keep us on track?

A shout out to WorkTripp and Lumina Foundation for supporting this episode, EdSurge for the amazing journalism, and great to have the learner voice front and centre in this mini-series. As always, do let us know what you think. 

We would love to hear from you. Record a quick free voicemail about this episode via speakpipe for inclusion in the next episode. Or you can post your thoughts or follow-on links via Twitter @podcastedtech or via The Edtech Podcast Facebook page or Instagram. 

Rate and Review. By dropping us a rate or review or sharing this episode, you help other new listeners find us. Thank you and happy listening.  

Oct 20, 2022

What's in this episode?

This week we’re back with our VocTech Podcast, this time looking at skills development in the new world of work. 

As we move towards ever more atomised modes of work, is there a risk we don't develop our skills properly, just going from one gig to another?

If we are going to prevent that from happening, what do we need our freelance, flexible or gig economy platforms to look like and to build in? Is this ever likely?

This week we’re back with our VocTech Podcast, exploring these questions with special guests. 

  • Sophie Smallwood, RoleShare - which helps people keep up with work and life healthily.
  • Helen Gironi, Ufi Ventures - the UK’s specialist investor in EdTech for adults 
  • Christina Palmou, formerly of the Tony Blair Institute - which was set up to help make globalisation work for the many, not the few

This episode is part of our VocTech Podcast series produced in collaboration with Ufi VocTech Trust

Check out the full episode show notes and references here: https://theedtechpodcast.com/edtechpodcast.

Tell us your story

Record a quick free voicemail via speakpipe for inclusion in the next episode. Or you can post your thoughts or follow-on links via Twitter @podcastedtech or via The Edtech Podcast Facebook page or Instagram. We'd love to hear your thoughts.

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