Next steps for Education Technology in England


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A presentation about encouraging edtech in schools.

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Westminster Education Forum Keynote Seminar: Next steps for Education Technology in England Sixty One Whitehall, London SW1A 2ET, 28th November, 2017 DR. SARAH YOUNIE PROFESSOR IN EDUCATION INNOVATION


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Acknowledgements u  Prof Christina Preston – MirandaNet u  Stuart Abrahams and Neil Watkins – THINK IT u  Bernard Dady – GAIA u  Rob Ellis – Naace u  Colleagues from ITTE, DMU, IEF, EFC u  Contact details u


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Understanding the landscape – changes and challenges Professor in Education Innovation (previously, Reader in Education, Innovation and Technology) and Co-Director ‘Institute for Education Futures’ at De Montfort University, Leicester Editor-in-Chief ‘Technology, Pedagogy & Education’ international journal UK Chair for National Subject Association – IT in Teacher Education submitted evidence to Parliamentary select committee on education Researching Educational Technologies for 25 years: EU, HEA, JISC, Becta, TTA, LAs books - ‘Teaching with Technology: the essential guide’; ‘Debates in Computing and ICT Education’; ‘Teaching and Learning with ICT in the Primary School’.


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Where have we been? and where are we going? u  Previously - direction of national strategies on educational technology u  Govt agency – Becta u  quality assured guidance material u  and commissioning research – leading to summary reports u  Where is that research being done now? And how do we access it? u  ideological drive to open up the space to the market u  Ed tech companies - command the space and successfully navigate this new market.


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Key issues for EdTech procurement in schools Market challenges for suppliers Rising device costs (due to value of pound) + financial pressures make the EdTech market challenging at present RISK STEVENSON REPORT (1997) WARNING leaving educators and young people with old and outdated kit. of slipping into major failure to spend sufficiently on EdTech in schools,


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Market challenges for suppliers u  More generally, seeing rapid shift to large interactive LED screens u  as replacement for classroom projectors u  BUT u  most teachers do not use the panels interactively u  despite improved connectivity to laptops and tablets… u  ISSUE u  Teachers access EdTech CPD for pedagogic purposes


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Market challenges for suppliers – software The software market is shifting to Cloud Major changes afoot as regards virtual workspace and VLE solutions Google G-Suite and Microsoft O365 are dominant forces in reshaping school landscape As yet their use is not well realized in schools Most other software is now delivered on-line as a subscriptions service, so software is now a revenue rather than capital item


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Market challenges for suppliers – The Cloud We are at a critical point in Cloud services adoption where quality of broadband connectivity, trust in Cloud services and increasing pressure in data protection/safeguarding responsibilities are posing schools with difficult decisions about server infrastructure renewal. Perhaps we are not quite ready to go completely off-site yet, but we are not far away.


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Challenges for schools EdTech companies report: Schools remain largely unready to adopt BYOD strategies Schools are generally confused Schools are wanting sound independent advice Schools report: Lack of funding Lack of edtech expertise in SLT teams Reliance on network managers • – pedagogic expertise?


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Solutions from suppliers u  Solutions – from case study EdTech company u  working to deliver hardware as a service u  in order to mitigate low levels of capital spend and u  provide sustainable investment u  Also delivering a range of managed services from u  full to part to hybrid


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5 BIG Procurement Challenges …and what schools (and suppliers) can do about them


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The Tech-tonic plates are shifting Moving to the o  DfcElColouudd Guidance o  Microsoft / DfE MoU o  Google Chromebooks


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Procurement Challenge 1 Compliance Understanding the rules Delegation down Theft & fraud


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Procurement Challenge 2 Complexity o  Pace of EdTech change o  Technical expertise o  Efficacy


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Procurement Challenge 3 Capability Expertise & experience Reactive buying Decision making



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