I am very proud to be British and next week I am fortunate enough to be undertaking a huge tour of the UK with Ty Goddard of the Education Foundation and EdtechUK. We will be visiting schools across the country shining a light on some of the amazing work being done in our innovative and world-leading schools. We are very proud to be being sponsored by NetSupport who I am very pleased to be associated with as well as working closely with Ty.
If you’d like to join us at any of our public locations please let us know via Twitter and we can make that happen! To find out more about where we will be and when just keep an eye out on my Twitter feed for more information!
Here is our press release! #eek!
Edtech 50 Schools , supported by Intel, is on the hunt to find UK schools that are using education technology to make the greatest difference to pupils, staff and parents. Schools can nominate themselves, or be nominated by a third party, and the deadline for entries is Friday 18th January 2019. Successful schools will be featured in the Edtech 50 Schools publication and be invited to a House of Lords reception celebrating edtech in schools.
Edtech 50 Schools kicks off with a nationwide tour, supported by NetSupport, of some of the leading edtech schools in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. These include Seaview Primary School in Belfast, Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Edern in Cardiff, and Acklam Grange Teaching School in Middlesborough. These pioneering schools, and others, will be helping to launch Edtech50 Schools and to spread the word across the whole of UK.
Edtech 50 Schools is organised by the Education Foundation and CEO & Founder, Ty Goddard said: “It is a key moment for edtech. Earlier this year, the Secretary of State for Education was clear that the power of technology could provide significant support to help students learn, reduce teachers’ workload and save money. There is great potential for edtech to help make a difference but it needs to be the right technology, implemented effectively, and with good support for staff. The Edtech 50 wants to shine a spotlight on the schools leading the way, which we hope can inspire other schools.”
Award-winning edtech expert and former teacher and school leader, Mark Anderson, joins Ty Goddard on the tour. The duo are taking to the road in a camper van to meet school leaders, host roundtable debates and speak directly to students and teachers.
Mark Anderson said: “I work with schools daily to help them get the very best they can from the edtech they have access to. The Edtech 50 Schools tour is about shining a spotlight on the schools in the UK that are doing amazing things every day to support, enhance and transform teaching and learning with technology to help children get the very best out of our education system.”
You can nominate a school for the Edtech 50 Schools by visiting http://bit.ly/Edtech50 Nominations close on Friday 18th January 2019. Following this, an independent judging panel will select the top 50 schools, which will be announced in April 2019.
Edtech 50 Schools is supported by Intel and partners JISC, NetSupport, and the Independent Schools Council Digital Group.
The Edtech 50 Schools tour includes:
|Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Edern
|Tuesday 13th November
|Holy Name Primary school
|Tuesday 13th November
|Seaview Primary School
|Wednesday 14th November
|Olive Tree Primary School
|Thurs 15th November
|Acklam Grange Teaching School
|Friday 16th November
|Duncanrig Secondary School
|Friday 16th November
|Shireland Collegiate Academy
|Saturday 17th November
The Rt Hon Damien Hinds MP Secretary of State for Education commented about Edtech 50 and said: “The work of inspirational leaders across the sector who are working tirelessly to support education, will be fundamental in ensuring the wider realisation of the opportunities presented by technology to support improvements across the breadth of our education system. I welcome this new initiative to highlight and celebrate many of the people, products and projects that have most impacted education.”
Edtech companies that were selected for Edtech 50 will also be part of the Edtech 50 Schools tour including: Curiscope, Brighton, Class Charts, Fishguard, and Spyquest, Edinburgh.
Just a reminder, to find out more about where we will be and when just keep an eye out on my Twitter feed for more information! If you can’t manage to join us, we will be doing multiple daily vlogs via Periscope on my Twitter account. We will be using the hashtag #Edtech50 so again, keep your eyes peeled on the hashtag. We cannot wait to share all of these amazing stories from across the UK with you.
I look forward to hearing from you and seeing many of you soon!