Welcome to the latest edition of Education Technology.
In this issue, we look at some of the trending topics in edtech, ready for the new academic year.
Our long reads this month include:
- Digital assistants, page 48
How are universities utilizing digital assistants (chatbots) for student support? What are the benefits and challenges?
- Competency-based learning, page 52
Teaching skills, or ‘competencies’ rather than distinct subjects has recently gained traction in UK education. How does it work, and what is tech’s role?
- Roundtable: Hot topics in edtech, page 33
As schools, colleges and universities across the country ready themselves for the new academic year, what are the main edtech focuses for educators?
Our monthly deep-dive, The Report, investigates the issue of climate change, and the responsibility that the education sector has in addressing it. We also look at the impact of edtech in this space, and how technology might be leveraged for good. Check it out on page 41.
We also had the chance to talk with Wales’ education minister Kirsty Williams about the recent expansion of the Hwb digital resource platform, and how schools in Wales are supporting digital skills. Read what Kirsty has to say on page 59.
Our Diary and Last Word hear from Tmrw Digital’s Vikas Pota and Truespeed’s Evan Wienburg on the impact edtech can have for SEND students, and why a ‘postcode-lottery’ approach to internet access isn’t good enough. See what they have to say on pages 5 and 62 respectively.
We’re still bringing you all the latest news from the schools, HE and international sectors, starting on page 8.
As always, if you have any comments on this month’s issue, or a story you’d like to share with us, I’d love to hear from you. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for reading,