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“Teachers are notorious for ignoring health concerns and just carrying on. From teaching with a high fever, and soldiering on with 4 hours of sleep, teachers often put their health at risk. But does this make teachers more productive, or less?”
Read this article to hear directly from the participants of #UKEdChat who gave both:
1. Advice (e.g. “ln every new policy you introduce you must consider if this is increasing or decreasing workload. If it’s the former – then don’t do it” @Malcpd), and
2. Encouragement (e.g. “Be the change you want to see in the kids.” @savedyouaspot)
“Venture capitalists and investors continue pouring money into the ed tech sector.
2017 investments in the global ed tech sector were on track to reach nearly $3 billion with an estimated 506 deals. Those figures would mark a 24% jump in the anticipated amount raised by ed tech startups and a 16.6% increase in the total number of deals over 2016 figures.
This signals a rebound in ed tech investments following a dip in the number of deals completed and funds raised in 2016, when $2.4 billion was secured in 434 deals.”
“The scientific literature is clear that humans are born into a socio-cultural world. But the ultra-social human has come face to face with the non-social technology that seems to replace any need for human interaction.
We are entering a period where digital technology is crowding out opportunities for high-quality social interaction. Even our educational systems are moving towards individualized and targeted instruction from digital tutors who augment what teachers provide—but without the teachers.
Perhaps it is time to assert balance between our obsession with digital platforms and real face-to-face human interaction.”
“In 1996 former Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves initiated a program to install a computer in every Estonian school. By 1999, every school was online.
This programme had such widespread impact because the government ensured schools had a stake in its success. The government didn’t just give out computers to every school. It required interested school districts to pay for half of the costs to ensure the machines would be actually used.
Two lessons Estonia learnt:
First, that it is important to expose children to computers and get them curious. Second, to ensure that schools actually make an effort to integrate the use of computers.”
“A new report from Jobs for the Future (JFF) and Pearson argues that postsecondary education is on the cusp of a third wave of reform.
The report concludes that this next wave of reform will be about ensuring more graduates are job ready and have access to rewarding careers, representing "the convergence of the worlds of education and work, creating new intersections, pathways and possibilities for advancement.”
“Sales of mobile computing devices are on the rise in the U.S. K-12 education market, and that momentum is carrying over into the global market, according to a new report released this month by the British consulting firm Futuresource.
The report points to growing competition among Google, Microsoft and Apple in the sub-$300 price category of classroom devices.
In U.S. classrooms, Chrome-based systems are maintaining their lead in terms of volume of shipments, accounting for 56% of those shipped in the 1st quarter of 2018. Outside of the U.S., Windows devices dominated, making up 44% of shipments worldwide.”
“The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation came into effect on May 25, 2018. Companies in the EU and those located elsewhere who do business in the region are now obligated to offer full disclosure about how they are handling your data. For edtech companies, the impact of the GDPR may have far-reaching consequences, but the real onus to protect data will ultimately be on the institutions who contract with these service providers rather than edtech companies.
A recent report concludes that the impact of the GDPR’s new guidelines will depend a great deal on whether or not the company in question is identified as a controller or processor.”
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