The number of home-schooled children doubled between 2013 and 2019 according to the Children’s Commissioner in a Feb 2019 report. In the short term at least, that number can now surely only rise as schools close and debate rages about re-opening before the summer break in England. Schools in Wales and Scotland may open later still.
How many FE colleges and universities will re-open at all in time for September?
How likely is that we’ll see a complete return to classroom only learning? Is the MOOC about to become the classroom of the future?
Last week, the UK government announced three measures totalling more than £100 million of investment to boost remote learning. This includes £85 million for laptops, tablets and 4G dongles, around £14 million for the technical support scheme and £6 million for the demonstrator schools programme.
To keep up to date with all of the developments in edtech, we’ve pulled together a list of the 20 best UK EDTECH podcasts to listen to, and learn from. You’ll just need to drop in an email address to reveal the full list.
Individuals with influence!
- 1) The EdTech Podcast https://theedtechpodcast.com/ is founded by the former head of content at trade show BETT. The EdTech Podcast covers topics including education and artificial intelligence, games-based learning, assessment without tests and scaling learning to those who cannot access traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ teaching and learning. The audience consists of education leaders from around the world, plus startups, learning and development specialists, blue-chips, investors, Government and media. The site averages 2-4 podcasts per month and hasn’t slowed down during the pandemic. In fact, the 11th May upload covers that exact subject.
- 2) Teacher Toolkit https://www.teachertoolkit.co.uk/category/podcasts/ is owned and published by Ross McGill, although the podcasts are produced by Joshua McGovern. The podcasts are just one of the ways Teacher Toolkit tries to share knowledge and ideas from teachers for teachers around the world.
- 3) Education on Fire https://www.educationonfire.com/episodes/page/2/ – is produced by Mark Taylor, a former teacher. It’s not entirely tech focussed but the 10th April episode covers remote and online learning which is particularly good and includes a conversation with Ai Addyson Zhang, a college professor in South Korea who has good experiences of delivering a ‘classroom without walls’.