EdTech in Schools

I was at the Manchester Town Hall last month for the launch of The Education Foundation's "Education Britain" programme. Some fab speakers and interesting ideas but what really blew me away was the enthusiasm of the kids that presented there. I met some truly charming young girls from Plymouth Grove Primary, for example, who talked me through how they had been using augmented reality app, Aurasma, to create video book reviews and to put some magic into learning languages, history and art (think talking paintings, student displays and "clues" around school!) I've singled this school out because of its culture of creativity - a tangible thing that becomes apparent within minutes of speaking to any student, teacher or the head. What I love about them is the fact that they are all about putting technology in the hands of the students and just letting them play with it. Yes, it's scary. Yes, it means losing control. But you should see how engaged and excited these kids are. They're already successful bloggers (do check them out on the Plymouth Grove website and show your support via Twitter with hashtag #comments4kids), confident and comfortable with tech, with sharing, with reaching out into the unknown. And they don't just learn, they teach too.

Edtech or digital in schools really isn't about "kit". It isn't about moving from textbooks to ebooks or recreating our analogue world through digital tools. It isn't even just about teaching kids to code. It's so much more than that. It's about attitude. It's about collaborating, questioning, and discovering. Being immersed in the present and being poised for the future. Listening to and learning from these kids fills me with optimism and excitement about the world they're going to grow into and, more importantly, the world that they are going to create.