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Technology: Putting pedagogical intentions first

Most teachers would agree that technology should serve teaching and learning and not the other way around. To achieve this, Dr Fiona Aubrey-Smith says we should practise pedtech


Pedtech is very simply about putting pedagogical intentions first, and the technology serving those intentions second. That’s it. Simple.

But we need to pause for a moment and be really clear about why it means something different to the more common term edtech.

When we talk about edtech, we are talking about technologies used in education. These include technologies used for:

When we talk about edtech, our conversation is framed around two things. Education and technology. By education, we are drawn to think about the systems and processes involved in education – content delivery, reporting, marking, evidencing, admin. By technology, we are drawn to think about software and hardware that support those systems and processes.

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