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Edtech: Making better use of what we already have

There is frustration that the DfE’s approach to edtech continues to focus on finance and standards rather than teaching and learning. Fiona Aubrey-Smith says we should be thinking about getting better use out of what we have already got

In September, the research report Implementation of education technology in schools and colleges was published by the Department for Education (DfE, 2022). If the brief was to research the procurement and implementation of technology in an education context, then this report is a superb set of guidelines about successful project management.

There have been some within the edtech industry who have (understandably) praised the report for its encouragement for buying additional technology and implementing it thoughtfully.
However, as we look ahead to 2023, with budgets under immense pressure from rising energy and employer costs and with fewer staff to share the operational workload, is this really the right place to be focusing our attention when it comes to edtech?

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