Introducing the Edtech Forum: enhancing teaching, learning and outcomes through technology

    Published: 16 July 2021

    Schools are currently identifying how they might use what they have learned throughout the Covid pandemic, about digital tools that support learning, going forwards. Whether this is about continuing to use the school’s digital education platform, making pre-recorded videos or using tools that allow for greater pupil and staff collaboration, there is huge application of edtech beyond the remote learning uses that schools became familiar with during the lockdowns. However, there are decisions to be made about what is the ‘best’ use of these within each school setting; what is genuinely helpful?

    During the pandemic the DfE advised that all schools should have a designated senior leader with responsibility for the provision and quality of remote learning. This digital lead role remains important even though the need for remote learning has, for the time being, largely been removed. It is still important, of course, to ensure that any children that cannot access school for extended periods can continue their learning at home, as effectively as possible. But, we could take the opportunity to think more strategically: This role could also oversee the use of education technology in school, to maintain the digital momentum that lockdowns have created and to ensure that education technology is used effectively.

    During the pandemic, schools shifted to delivering education in an entirely different way, and whilst nobody is pretending it wasn’t a challenge, many have discovered certain advantages from working with digital platforms and tools. We want to keep those things that have worked well, develop them and continue to enjoy those benefits.

    To support schools with their continuing edtech journeys, Herts for Learning runs the termly EdTech Forum: Enhancing Teaching, Learning and Outcomes through Technology. The purpose of this forum will be to explore what the optimum uses of technology might be, as we apply our recent progress with digital platforms and tools to the post-Covid education world.

    Find out more about the EdTech Forum or book your place.

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