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Ed-tech in your school: Following the evidence

Cranbrook Education Campus has put evidence at the heart of its approach for how its procures and uses of education technology. Head of campus Stephen Farmer offers his advice to other schools

In the words of physicist Carl Sagan, “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence”. When it comes to educational technologies, this is a mantra all school leaders should play on repeat. The primary consideration for schools purchasing ed-tech must be securing robust evidence.

In a normal week, I am approached by ed-tech suppliers on an almost daily basis. The variety of what is on offer is quite incredible. Rewind to the early weeks of the coronavirus shutdown and the cascade of free technologies on offer was as impressive as it was overwhelming.

The crisis has been a turning point for ed-tech. It has demonstrated the transformative role ed-tech can play and has increased the adoption of technologies at an unprecedented pace.

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