Remote School as the Gateway Drug to Social Media

Many parents did not realise the full ramifications of their children having digital devices that were supposed to be for educational purposes. This NY Times article delves into the realisation that with an apparently always-on device (for education, of course) comes many other distractions that do not sit well with the criteria of education. As…

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…