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Forget edtech – we need to talk about ‘pedtech’

Most research papers, roundtable discussions and industry experts agree that effective pedagogy is at the heart of good edtech use. But whose pedagogy we are referring to? Fiona Aubrey-Smith argues that the narrative around technology in education must change


In 2007, my school won a national award for extending learning opportunities through the use of technology (Becta, 2007). One of the things that we did was to use online learning spaces to enable five to seven-year-olds to learn with and from all kinds of other people – sometimes locally and often all around the world.

Through those online spaces children were able to bring their home experiences into the classroom and extend our classroom activities and discussion out beyond school. It was not so much that “it takes a village to educate a child”, as bringing the village closer to the child – and on their terms.

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