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Jun 27, 2016

What does Brexit mean for Edtech? 

If you are an Edtech service provider: ultimately until article 50 is invoked the UK trading position with Europe remains the same as does our trading position with the rest of the world so whether you are in the UK or in the rest of the world, don’t expect a huge amount to change in the short-term - apart from general wide spread confusion and a fluctuating currency backdrop.

If you use Edtech services: students will continue to learn and educators will experience the same age-old challenges. There may be increased pressure on service value/available budgets, with potentially more students looking to focus attention on learning which ends in employment.  

In this mini-podcast, however, I offer a few impromptu thoughts and questions for those implicated. 

1. London’s place in the Edtech Scene 

2. Exacerbated Skills Gap 

3. Edtech increased import to connect diverse young people to opportunity & enhance tolerance - or - are we all city-bound elitists?? 

It will be essential that the focus now is on how to rebuild in the most positive way possible and The Edtech Podcast welcomes all international listeners to tweet on this subject to @podcastedtech. 

Go Enrol Survey Results on Schools and Brexit:


Jun 26, 2016

What’s featured in this episode? 

  • Jesse Lozano’s journey from lawyer and writer to start-up founder, all before the age of 30. 
  • What is ‘’frugalvation’’ and how does it apply in the world of low-cost computing?
  • Pi-Top’s focus for 2016/2017
  • What is Pi-Top and how does it work with Raspberry Pi? 
  • What does Pi-Top offer maker enthusiasts, educators and learners? 
  • Visualising coding through LED light shows, speaker and heart monitor projects; applications for computer science teachers and design and technology teachers
  • Why accrediting gaming content makes sense 
  • Elevator pitch for low-cost computers vs. mainstream tablets in the educational environment


Coding, Programming, D&T, Raspberry Pi, SonicPi, LEDs, Makers, Makermovement, IoT, InternetofThings, Python, RaspberryJam, 3Dprinting, Bettchat, Kickstarter, Crowdfunding, Hustle, Startups, Entrepreneurs, DIY, STEAM, STEM, Edtech, UKedchat, Bettchat, SLTchat

Reading and resources: 

Pi Top

Raspberry Pi

Dr Sam Aaron 


Indie Go Go 


Ceed Universe 


Jun 19, 2016

What’s featured in this episode? 

  • Loughborough University topped the The Times Higher Education student satisfaction survey in 2016, at a time time when education in the East Midlands has received a grilling by Sir Michael Wilshaw. This episode features: 
  • Getting the user-experience right for students 
  • How universities can learn from the challenges in the content publishing sector 
  • Reclaiming the word ‘library’ as learning spaces evolve 
  • 24/7 learning accessibility vs. work/life balance 
  • Academic investment in light of free resources like Google Scholar 
  • How social media is used in the entire research process and what this means for peer-review 
  • Loughborough’s new campus in London


UX, Times Higher Education, Students, University, Higher Education, Library, Learning Spaces, Academia, Academics, Google Scholar, LTHEchat, ALT, Peer-review, VLE, Virtual Learning Environments, Start-ups, Content Publishing, Ethnography

Reading and resources:

Jun 12, 2016

What’s featured in this episode? 

  • How to connect young people with what’s happening in industry
  • How to get teachers & students on board with technology within schools 
  • How to sense test tech innovation within a school environment 
  • How to overcome your fear as an educator and build confidence 
  • How to inspire students to go far in the world of technology 
  • How to overcome diversity issues within technology 
  • How to keep up with students’ use of technology
  • How to ask for help
  • Where does Urban Teacher get his inspiration from? 
  • How to use your own struggles as inspiration for betterment 
  • Is profit seeking within Edtech at risk of undermining the benefits of Edtech? 
  • How to keep teacher training relevant in a fast paced world 
  • How will silo-isation of the internet effect the creativity of education? 


UKedchat, SLTchat, LTEHEchat, PodcastEdu, Podchat, Urbanteachers, Diversity, Computer Science, ICT, Microsoft, Techcity,  upskilling, VLE, virtual learning environment, vlogs, youtube, innovation, TLA, coding, Code Academy, Mentoring, digital business academy, startups, prezi, bbc: microbit, IOT, gamification, pedagogy, SxSw Edu, higher education, google classroom, microsoft 365, show my homework, mastery, #GoogleEdu #GAFE #MIEExpert, Dalston

Reading and resources: 


Jun 5, 2016

What’s featured in this episode? 

  • How to launch a podcast for your education community; with multiple recommendations for apps, hosting platforms and equipment to use to keep things simple and effective. 
  • Which educational podcasts you should follow to gain the best insight
  • What is app smashing and how can you get involved? 
  • Mandarin among the main languages to learn in the UK: French, Spanish, German
  • Are exchange programmes dead? Why? 
  • What is guerrilla podcasting or citizen audio? 
  • Will the education revolution be podcasted? When?


MFL, Langchat, Modern Foreign Languages, ELT, English Language Teaching, Edtech, UKedchat, SLTchat, LTEhe, PodcastEdu, Podchat, MFLTwitterati

Reading and resources: 

Joe Dale resources: 







Feedly (Joe’s preferred replacement when Google Reader was shut down )

Audio boom


Pretty May Skype recorder

Pamela call recorder


Bossjock Jr app

Adobe Spark Video


Recommended Education Podcasts/contacts: 

EDUtalk David Noble (@parslad) & John Johnston (@johnjohnston) ;

Andy White, Brighton -podcasting help 

Ewan Macintosh  - NoTosh

Drew Buddie 

Wes Fryer; Shelly Fryer

Claire Chalcraft @CMCinSwitz 

Mark Anderson


MFL Events: 

Language World: @ALL4language

The Language Show in London


National Languages Conference in Australia AFMLTA

Etwinning conference

IATEFL conference @iatefl

NZALT - new zealand @_NZALT

ACTFL  - USA @actfl

Confucius classrooms


Language Practice: 

Duolingo  - (ps. you the ‘shit duo lingo says’ twitter account is fairly amusing/philisophical @shitduosays)



ELT Jam @jo_Sayers 


App Smashing: 

Greg Kulowiec 

Lisa Johnson 

paper by 53

my talking avatar free:

explain everything

Bloom’s taxonomy

SAMR model by Dr. Ruben Puentedura (34:37)

App Smash Live


Primary French Project 

Association for Language Learning 

Catherine Cheater 

French Institute 

Network for Languages

May 29, 2016

What’s featured in this episode? 

  • The varying business models of online and offline edtech start ups
  • Online and real-life learning platforms as an opportunity to enhance student progression within the work place
  • How do online and real-life learning platforms sit alongside University degrees? 
  • Advice to edtech start ups from Howdo and Crehana


From Howdo:

  • ‘We believe that it’s really important still for educational learning  - especially of adults - to not just take place online’
  • ‘We are starting in London and that’s because there is such a rich variety of classes and courses already here.’ 
  • ‘Real-life learning is about workshops, classes and in-person courses to have a learning experience.’ 
  • ‘We are focusing solely on offline currently.’ 
  • ‘Maybe they are a closet artist and take a life-drawing course for the first time’
  • ‘Soundcloud was an amazing experience and a fantastic start-up learning experience.’ 

From Crehana:

  • ‘There is no type of online training solutions for them in their own local language. There is a high concentration of online education companies in English, but when we look at emerging markets such as Latam or Eastern Europe there is actually no type of supply.’ 
  • ‘We launched Crehana a year ago and we now have more than 115, 000 users from 15 countries in Latam and Spain. We are solving a huge pain which is access to high quality education.’
  • ‘we target all of the creative professionals - aspiring creatives and independent freelancers.’ 
  • ‘Right now we are focusing on doubling down in Spain and Latam, but we think we will enter Brazil by the end of 2016.’ 
  • ‘We want to solve access to high quality education in emerging markets.’

Reading and resources: 

Emerge Education






Khan Academy 


May 22, 2016

What’s featured in this episode? 

  • How much investment does Emerge Education have for your teacherpreneur idea?
  • New investment in Emerge Education from Oxford University Press and China’s Qtone EdTech company
  • The EdTech start up opportunity in Asia 
  • Meet the teams behind Edspace and Emerge Education 
  • Find out about EdTech start-ups: medical training platform Open Simulation and parental engagement company, Easy Peasy
  • Understand how Ark and Oasis academy chains are working with EdTech start ups to inform and access service innovation and how Hackney Community College is beta testing products 
  • Balancing pedagogical integrity with commercial reality and vice versa 
  • Find out what conditions are important for EdTech business success globally 
  • Find out the main findings of an early years experiment by renowned psychologist Walter Mischel
  • How can an app help aid higher grades at school, bigger salaries at work and longer and more sustained relationships at home, by getting ‘kids ready to learn for school’?
  • Start up efficacy trials with Oxford University
  • The growing Ofsted priority of parental engagement 
  • How EdTech is helping with the problem of scaling surgical training via augmented reality
  • Classlist crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube
  • 40% discount offer for listeners to attend EdtechEurope


Thank you to supporters: 

This weeks episode is brought to you by Classlist and EdtechEurope      



  • ‘There’s something very magical happening at the beginning which sets the trajectory for our futures.’ - @EasyPeasyApp 
  • ‘Half (of school ready children) are not ready to learn because they lack these basic skills; concentration, self-control, getting on well with peers, resilience.’  - via @EasyPeasyApp 
  • ‘Could EasyPeasy support social mobility?’ That’s our mission.’  -via @EasyPeasyApp
  • ‘It’s really becoming the hub for EdTech start ups in the UK.’ - via @EdspaceHoxton 
  • ‘The connection with the college is great. The principal is very entrepreneurial. If we are co-located we have more of an opportunity to build and grow things together.’  - via @EdspaceHoxton
  • ‘We work with a network of school chains; Ark and Oasis academies, for example. They will trial the products, give feedback, potentially become first customers’ - @EmergeLabs
  • ‘There are 5 million people in the world today who won’t have access to safe and affordable surgery.’ - via @OpenSimulation 
  • ‘We need to drastically increase surgical training and the surgical workforce.’  - via @OpenSimulation 
  • ‘We started with a pizza box; from a pizza box we moved to a box file to the current wooden box. The idea that we want to share with the world is you don’t need high end complex things…you just need your mobile phone, a cardboard box and you could learn how to perform a surgery.’ 


Reading and resources: 


Emerge Education


Open Simulation 

Easy Peasy 


Sir Adrian Smith 

Crawford Report 


Oxford University Press

Walter Mischel







May 15, 2016

What’s featured in this episode? 

  • The use of different software to help with coding teaching, including Pyonkee & Scratch
  • Which year groups use which software to aid learning 
  • iPad ownership and use by the school 
  • Taking on the role of computer co-ordinator; what does the role entail? 
  • Team teaching with other teachers to build confidence in computing 
  • Sharing best practice and learning from mistakes 
  • Why it’s OK that the kids will know more than you!
  • The power of networking and sharing ‘failure’ stories as well as success stories 
  • Barclays Coder Dojo and Code Club 
  • Is Minecraft a fad or a useful learning platform?
  • CPD training for leaders and practitioners  


Coding, Computing, Pyonkee, Scratch, Collaboration, STEM, Hackathon, CoderDojo, Year3, Animation, Minecraft, Codeclub


On coding as career-enhancing: ‘it is a skill set which has really benefited me.’ ‘It’s self taught. I knew it was coming. You are looking to it to develop your knowledge.’

On the role of computer co-ordinator: ‘my role is to help teachers build up their confidence in teaching.’ ‘It’s still very new - i want to learn more’ ‘I have to as a practitioner open their eyes to see the application of computing in the real world’ 

On coding: ‘Key stage two use Pyonkee; key stage three use Scratch Junior.’ 

On students being engaged in computing: ‘One of the reasons why coding is so fun, is the fact that kids WANT to do it. They want to compute, create their own games, their own characters.’ ‘That kind of enthusiasm - it makes it easy to teach it!'

On collaborating: ‘’It's a case of sharing practice, and learning from mistakes.’ 

On Minecraft: ‘Minecraft - for better or worse they are involved in Minecraft. It’s one of those fads at the moment, I’m waiting for it to die down, but it’s something which has helped them. It has it’s benefits!’ 

On CodeClub: ‘Both genders are really into code club which is good, really good.’

On aspirations to bring robotics into the school: ‘I can imagine the kids going WHOA - coding and robots!’ 

On Barclays coder-dojo: ‘i get to see how corporations are hoping children learn how to code. Seeing them get support and making things - it’s really good.’ 'They had bowls of sweets which kept them really hyperactive.’ 

On Local Authority training sessions: ‘I really hope that that continues not just for lead teachers but for other staff as well.'

Reading and resources: 

Lauriston Primary School 

Scratch Junior 

Barclays Coder Dojo 



May 8, 2016

What’s featured in this episode? 

  • Free resources and workshops available for teachers via the V&A Museum 
  • Why design and creativity is essential to STEM 
  • Teaching maths through Islamic Art and Architecture 
  • The launch of V&A East in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 
  • The wearable technology collaboration between St Martin’s University and London schools 
  • Using the coding language ‘processing’ for visual arts 
  • Teaching the computing curriculum through computing art from the 1960s to the present day 
  • ‘Crowd management’!


STEM, STEAM, Computing, Design, Islamic Art, V&A East, Inset days, CPD, Teachers resources, wearable technologies, coding, processing, arts, design technology, 21st Century, East London, NASA, new material technology, UX, iterative design, elegance 


On V&A East: ‘What we don’t want to do is just parachute in this giant spaceship of a museum’ ‘It is a chance for the new V&A to create a museum that fits the 21st century.’ 

On East London: ‘East London is where a lot of the interesting creative activity is happening.’

On collaborating with schools in East London: ‘We are doing research with the local community, with schools, to start building those relationships now.’

On the curriculum: ‘We look at Maths through Islamic Art and Architecture. We look at computing, but always through the lens of art and design.’ ‘We can chip into the computing curriculum nicely through our collection of computing art…we’ve been collecting since the 1960s.’

Promoting the arts: ‘One of the challenges that we always have is really making sure that arts sticks in the curriculum and it isn’t excluded by the STEM concentration that is happening..’

Challenges for schools: ‘for schools and colleges it can be really difficult to take a class out and to arrange cover and to convince heads


Reading and resources: 

Alex Flowers
V and A East
Victoria and Albert Teachers’ Resources 

V and A Islamic Art and Maths Resources

V and A TES resources page 

Vogue Hackney Wick Centre of Cultural Universe quote 

Processing  - a language for learning how to code within the context of the visual arts

Central St Martin’s wearable technologies collaboration

Computer art collection

Apr 24, 2016

What’s featured in this episode? 

  • The establishment of the not-for-profit Learning Trust in Hackney 
  • The ambiguous future of The Learning Trust, following Government announcements for full academisation 
  • Collaboration on technology best practice between academies and non-academies in Hackney
  • Google apps for education, Apple i-pad and BBC Micro: bit 
  • Low-cost computers such as Pi-top
  • CPD programmes and support which leads to ‘technologically competent and aware teachers’
  • Investment in Edtech within Hackney schools
  • Sharing knowledge through informal and formal channels
  • External visits to Hackney and case study: Our Lady’s Convent High School 
  • Using Edtech to assist schools with ESOL challenges where multiple languages are present
  • Using technology to enhance reading learning, in addition to analogue materials 
  • Addressing the concern that technology may worsen inequality 
  • Early school opening times to increase access to technology
  • Funding mechanisms; BYOD vs school investment and hybrid models
  • How the learning trust and and Hackney regeneration team are working with business, including RBS & Founders and Coders, to increase external computing expertise into schools
  • Controlled assessment at GCSE


LEA, CPD, chromebooks, Pi-top, low cost computers, mobile learning strategies, academisation, collaboration, google apps, Ipad, ESOL, reading, inequality, funding, business, controlled assessment


On academisation: ‘It’s not a positive looking future’

On use of technology in Hackney schools: ‘The schools in Hackney have really maximised the use of technology.’ ‘In my experience the Hackney schools have always seen the benefits of technology’ 

On technologically savvy teachers and leaders in Hackney: ‘We have very technologically aware, competent and confident teachers and senior leaders who can see the benefit of that investment.’

On evidence-based Edtech: ‘‘We are very much looking at the efficacy of technology, rather than technology for technology’s sake.’ 

Sharing knowledge: ‘Really positive sharing of knowledge, experiences and different approaches’ 

On BBC Micro:bit: ‘Timing has been key here. If they arrive 6 weeks before the first GCSE exams then that’s going to put pressure on teachers to look at it further.’ ‘I think the timing suggests its something the secondary school teachers will pick up now after the exams.’

Edtech at Our Lady’s Convent High School : ‘It meets students expectations which is really important and i’m going to say it’s a time-saver.’‘It’s absolutely led by the pedagogy, not the technology, trying to enhance what was done previously not just augment tasks’

Business support: ‘The broader City of London and Tech city have offered phenomenal support’

Edtech for reading: ‘I’m adamant that using technology to engage children in reading is fantastically successful.’ ‘We absolutely encourage children to read traditional books as well.’

On access: ‘Key stage 4, key stage 5…access to technology is almost essential.’

On teacher pressure: ‘It’s a a really challenging environment out there at the moment. There is immense pressure.’ 

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