Programme aims to help schools make better use of education technology

Classroom ICT
A new scheme is being launched to help schools make sense, and better use, of educational technology.

The pilot is being set up by the EDUCATE programme, which is based at University College London’s Knowledge Lab.

UCL researchers are looking to work with teachers on how to make the most of the technology they already have and to advise them on purchasing new technology that is effective and useful.

The EDUCATE for Schools programme will be launched at the Bett Show in London next week. Schools will be invited to register their interest in the scheme, which will involve them assessing their technology needs and priorities against the school’s development plan.

The EDUCATE programme works with entrepreneurs, SMEs and start-ups developing products and services using an evidence-base and research into what works in the classroom. Dr Kristen Weatherby, the EDUCATE researcher who devised the scheme, will be working with teachers. He said: “Schools often waste valuable resources on edtech that gathers dust on a shelf or a cupboard because no one really knows what to do with it.

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