The latest in NetSupport’s series of Big Education Debates is now online!
As always, it was great to welcome all our speakers and our expert host, Russell Prue, to the table for a good chat about the issues that are affecting education right now.
The debate is split into three chapters, the first of which, “The new normal of teaching and learning,” examines the effect of the pandemic on teaching and learning. Everyone agreed that, despite the total disruption to regular school, some positives have come out of this in terms of fast-tracking to the benefits of edtech, such as improved engagement, better communication and getting used to Zoom calls!
The second chapter looked at schools’ digital strategies and how the pandemic has changed the way they work with edtech, as well as how they can best prepare themselves for the possibility of more in-school and remote teaching and learning in the future, should further lockdowns come into play.
The debate’s final chapter was a very interesting chat about how edtech vendors have really stepped up to help schools during COVID-19, with Caroline Wright of BESA revealing that they have provided around £30million of free resources during lockdown. The panel also discussed the importance of wellbeing and safeguarding – and also the lessons that have been learned from this unique time that must not be forgotten in the future.
A big thank you goes out to our knowledgeable speakers, who brought their experience and expertise to the party!
- Al Kingsley, MD of NetSupport
- Mark Anderson, ICT Evangelist
- Martin Bailey, Digital Enrichment Leader at Lanchester EP Primary School
- Martin Baker, CEO of One Team Logic
- Simon Blower, Co-founder of Pobble
- James Donaldson, Dean of Learner Journey at Cardiff and Vale College
- Bob Harrison, member of Ministerial Education Technology Action Group
- Scott Hayden, National Advisor for EdTech UK
- Caroline Keep, Director of #Makerspace
- Russell Prue, Debate host, founder and broadcaster of Anderton Tiger
- Dee Saran, Deputy head of Learning and Teaching at Dubai College
- Caroline Wright, Director General of BESA
- Bukky Yusuf, Teacher and Co-chair of the DfE’s EdTech Leadership Group
The debate is a really informative listen for everyone in the education sector.
Click here to watch it right now!