Category Archives: technology


The Implementation effect

I’ve been working with colleagues at United Learning to understand why the educational technology they are using having an impact on learners’ attitudes to/ skills in maths and writing, respectively. The interviews I’ve carried out with staff and pupils have strengthened a view I’ve long held – that . I’m not saying that the EdTech… Read More »

Artificial Intelligence in education, part 2

A few months ago I wrote about the potential impact of Artificial Intelligence in the schools sector from the perspective of the challenge it presents. I was prompted to revisit this theme when I attended a talk on AI given by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella this week. Leaders from other industries also presented on how AI… Read More »

What can explain schools’ attitude to technology? (Part 1)

The recent consultations of the DfE with schools and the edtech community have prompted me to think a bit harder about the barriers to the wider adoption of effective technologies in education. They are usually presumed to be (in descending order): Teachers’ resistance to change; Schools’ intense focus on accountability measures; Affordability. #3 isn’t going… Read More »

The role of technology in supporting flexible working in schools

Term by term, the UK schools sector is edging closer to a significant teacher supply cliff-edge. A large segment of the teacher population is approaching retirement, historically low numbers of new entrants are opting for a teaching career, and every year many great teachers give up teaching or leave the UK to practise elsewhere. The… Read More »

Automation, our students and their next 100 years

This week saw the release of a Royal Society of the Arts survey of employers which pointed towards a widespread belief that increasing automation in the workplace in the next decade will shrink job opportunities for humans across a range of hitherto untroubled professions. We should be cautious about accepting this finding as anything other… Read More »

What does ‘Windows 10 S’ mean for schools?

On May 2nd 2017, Microsoft announced the release of ‘Windows 10 S’ and with it made a clear statement of intent in the education sector. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is an irrelevant update to their operating system – it has the potential to add real value to cultures of learning in our schools.… Read More »

A (flawed?) design for a tablet impact study

In an era where schools’ investment in technology seems to be accelerating, in both scale and cost, an accompanying and understandable questioning of the evidence base for these decisions is often heard. Lots has been written about this subject (some of it by me) and debates have raged impotently across the Twitterverse. One thing we can… Read More »

How will the classroom of 2017 look?

If you are looking for a quick way to destroy your credibility and give people an additional opportunity to sneer at the depth of your ignorance, speculating on how technology may change education is probably the most effective method available to the average blogger. Still, have asked me to write 1000 snappy words on… Read More »

Considering the best way forward for 1-to-1 projects in 2014 – Part 2

In my first post in this series, I spent some time talking about the reasons why more and more schools are choosing tablets as the tool through which to achieve their vision of giving every student access to their own mobile computer. In summary, it’s because tablets are highly effective at enabling pupils to demonstrate… Read More »

Considering the best way forward for 1-to-1 projects in 2014

I want to consider over the course of this post and the next the reasons why schools are choosing tablets to fulfil their 1-to-1 ambitions and suggest a slight tweak on how this by-now-familiar formula might be improved. Fundamentally, the reason is easily articulated; schools want to bring the undoubted benefits of a really powerful… Read More »

It’s a MOOC Jim, but not as we know it

First things first – abject apologies for the hackneyed Star Trek-inspired title. My explanation has two parts: 1) this post is about SPOCs (tenuous, I know) and 2) I’ve been getting into The Big Bang Theory recently, having missed it first time around. Those guys love a Star Trek reference. In my last post I considered whether… Read More »

Why technology will never replace teachers

This blog’s title is a truism which is fairly uncontroversial, but one worth stating & thinking through if your job involves educational technology. It’s a little depressing that debate is often this polarised (with some seeing technology as a threat, not an enhancement). It’s rare that technology evangelists believe that ‘their’ methods are always, irrefutably… Read More »

Westminster Education Forum: New Technologies for Schools. 9th September 2013 (part 1)

This morning I have been attending the above event at London Bridge. Its pitch is 'the inside track' on government thinking and direction, reflected by the selection of speakers (including those from DfE and the House of Lords). Here's what I learned.   Tom Goldman, Deputy Director, Standards Division, DfE, 'Technology in England's Schools' Tom… Read More »