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A simple and inspiring use of ed-tech to boost learning

The example of Blackfield Primary School shows us that it does not have to be expensive or time-consuming to ‘realise’ the potential of education technology. Fiona Aubrey-Smith explains

In April, the Department for Education (DfE) published a policy document – Realising the potential of technology in education – which quickly sparked some controversy as Headteacher Update’s sister title SecEd reported at the time (SecEd, 2019).

Having read it, I want to draw your attention to something fairly basic: the word “realise”, according to most dictionaries, can be used to mean “become fully aware of something” or “cause something to happen”. This DfE strategy document does not “realise” anything.

The headlines of the report are very promising – and having seen with my own eyes through teaching and leadership what a difference technology can make, I was very excited by what I read: “Technology can help to tackle some of the main challenges faced by the education sector.”

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