There was much media fuss in recent weeks around the OECD report, Students, Computers and Learning: Making the Connection. The BBC’s choice of headline “Computers ‘do not improve’ pupil results, says OECD,” caused a bit of a stir and got a lot of people questioning the benefits of edtech.
To even doubt its positive impact is something I struggle to entertain, perhaps this is because every day I see how advances in technology are transforming our schools and universities into learning environments of the future, and are, more importantly, helping to create tech-savvy individuals that will go on to shape our digital world.
‘Every day I see how advances in technology are transforming our schools and universities into learning environments of the future’
Miles Berry, author of Rising Stars’ Switched on Computing, dissects the full report and rounds up the findings on page 10.
To help prove my point, the rest of this issue of ET is full of examples of innovative teaching and learning techniques using the latest education technology. Our roundtable debate and discuss the present and future benefits of 3D printing in schools on page 17, and we get an update on the flipped classroom trend on page 51.
Our higher education section (page 34) explains how to best invest in audio-visual equipment, and also delves into the world of high performance computing.
Coming up in the next issue:
- Bett 2016: A look at what’s to come
- UCISA annual conference preview
- The highs and lows of a year in edtech