Is the edtech revolution sustainable?

Edtech has revolutionised teaching as well as learning for the last two decades, with huge advances made in the last few years as AI and gamification have been added to the variety of learning tools. The pandemic has inevitably proved the value of Edtech – without which schools would have been unable to deliver classes…

9 ways schools can ease teacher pressure in 2021

On these regular posts we have highlighted many of the obvious problems caused by Covid, effects on children, and a few positive signs for learning and teaching that have been kick-started by the pandemic. Few articles, though, have focused on the well-being of teachers, who are the most important part of the learning ecosystem. TES…

Online learning: the foundation of an enduring digital transformation

The only benefit from the pandemic is that education has truly taken on a digital transformation. The EC’s Digital Education Action Plan 2021–2027 has many take-aways learnt from this period. It demands that a high-performing digital education ecosystem require suitable digital equipment, infrastructure and connectivity; effective digital capacity planning and development; educators who are digitally-competent;…

Google and the Rise of ‘Digital Well-Being’

We have unearthed an article from Wired 2 years ago, as the context now is even more compelling. Google had just come up with their Well-being concept. Basically, “new Android features designed to make your phone a little less addictive, even while it’s still in your pocket”. It made Google look good, but did not…

Phone addiction not driven by notifications, study finds

A recent BBC article, on a London School of Economics (LSE) study showed that “89% of interactions with phones were unprompted, with only 11% responding to an alert”. This suggests that smartphone addiction is unlikely to be caused by notifications: group chats were found to be a “source of distress” for many. Perhaps unconsciously, people…