Why it’s more important than ever to share edtech ideas and experiences

Mark Lennon, producer of Beyond the Technology, the Education 4.0 podcast and digital campaign manager at Jisc, and Georgie Myers, host of Beyond the Technology and media and content officer at Jisc, discuss their first year with the Beyond the Technology podcast

Earlier this year, we launched Beyond the technology: the education 4.0 podcast. Our goal was to create a platform for staff from further and higher education to share stories of using technology to teach – including the challenges they had experienced and what they did to overcome them.

Then COVID-19 came along. A pandemic is certainly not something we’d predicted – but, while recording the first few episodes remotely, something became clear; technology was fast becoming a fundamental part of teaching. As teachers and staff improved their digital skills at a rapid pace, the sector had even more stories to tell, and best practice to share.

Our guests so far have been incredible, sharing what has worked for them in these unprecedented times. They’ve mentioned resources that they found useful, as well as providing ideas and inspiration for those wanting to voyage even further into Education 4.0.

We’ve chatted to Luke Rudderham Cozier, a learning technologist from Barnet and Southgate College, about how he helped to move 17 A level exams online during lockdown, and to Dr. Chris Headleand, director of teaching and learning for the school of computer science at the University of Lincoln, about how to engage students using games. Professor Helen James, deputy vice chancellor at Canterbury Christ Church University, also came on the show to tell us all about her work with technology and women in STEM, to name but a few topics covered.

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You can also listen to Daniel Dybowski Bryant, an English language and virtual reality (VR) lecturer from Coleg Menai, explaining how and why he teaches his students ‘on the moon’ using VR, why the technology can support wellbeing, as well as solving many sector challenges while engaging students in uniquely incredible ways.

To coin an overused phrase, through these strange and difficult times, we’re excited to continue celebrating those going above and beyond to use digital in their teaching; highlighting that ultimately, it’s the people behind the technology that matter.

If you’ve used technology to enhance teaching and learning, and would like to apply to appear on the podcast, you can get in touch by emailing podcast@jisc.ac.uk.

Beyond the technology: the education 4.0 podcast is a new series by Jisc, the education not-for-profit, where guests share their stories of implementing edtech on their journey to Education 4.0. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.


You might also like: The edtech podcast monthly roundup: July 2020


 

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