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So, what have we learned about online learning?

What are your lessons from lockdown when it comes to effective blended learning and use of edtech? Eylan Ezekiel looks at what we have learned about creating safe, supportive and effective digital learning environments

Will our recent experiences of online, remote and blended learning change how we approach edtech and education more broadly? Research by Pearson last month suggests so, with 35 per cent of 6,817 educators surveyed reporting an improvement in the independent learning skills of their pupils (Pearson, 2021).

Similarly, 90 per cent of UK learners in Pearson’s Global Learner Survey (2020) felt that online learning will become a key part of education moving forward.
The pandemic has also highlighted that, for effective digital provision to be fully achieved, the digital divide across access to devices and high-quality internet needs bridging. It has shown that an inclusive, community-wide approach to edtech is vital: if our students are to thrive around technology, their teachers, parents and carers also need clear guidance on how to use it.

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