The UK Department for Education has this week released its new strategy for technology in education.
Edtech can provide benefits for its users at all levels of the institution, such as making processes more efficient and streamlined for the administration, improving accessibility for students within a wide array of learning disabilities, helping academics free time for the more essential tasks of their role and many other areas and functions, depending the technology in question. And used right, it can even help support the pedagogical objectives of the institution and bring students closer to their intended learning outcomes.
The strategy follows a line of European government incentives and strategies to begin implementing technology in education to make certain processes more effective and to align the development within the institutions with the development of the surrounding society. This has been the case in both Denmark, where all public institutions are required to digitise processes, and in Norway, who last year released a Digitalisation Strategy for the Higher Education Sector 2017-2021.
Towards a brighter future for education
The strategy can hopefully be a guide to coordinate an effort for individual educational institutions in the UK to help students to further develop their digital skills, promote safety and security in the digital landscape, help institutions devise strategies for digital infrastructure and guide them towards the best way to procure edtech providers.
According to UK Education Secretary Damian Hinds, “This strategy is just the first step in making sure the education sector is able to take advantage of all of the opportunities available through EdTech. We now call on schools, businesses and technology developers to realise the huge potential of technology to transform our schools so that teachers have the time to focus on teaching, their own professional development, and – crucially – are able to cater to the needs of every single one of their pupils.”
We are excited to see this coordinated strategy, as it can help implement educational technology at educational institutions in the best way possible and ensure that the technology becomes deeply rooted in the entirety of the organisation. For our area of business, we look forward to see educational institutions utilise technology to increase the digital literacy of students and create more authentic assessments that can help students bridge the gap between a digital learning environment and pen-and-paper exams.