Educational technology is an increasingly important aspect of learning in all schools. We had a wide-ranging and very useful discussion with award-winning teacher, EdTech guru and now independent consultant, Chris Mayoh this week.
Chris has just returned from a year as Head of ICT in an international school in Russia. Previously, he held roles in UK schools, developing ICT in the curriculum and leading projects on Student Digital Leaders, mobile devices and even school radio. Chris also managed to take this work into a variety of different schools through a role with the Local Authority and has very recently taken the decision to become an independent educational consultant, operating mostly from the Manchester area.
Chris describes some of the uses he sees most commonly for educational technology in the UK. He sees a lot of online research and evaluation of online content taking place. In the best examples, this research is used by the pupils to create multimedia presentations – not simply a PowerPoint presentation but any one of a huge variety of products – maybe an animation to convey a message or a short film.
Mobile technology is another growth area – allowing children to take their learning outside traditional learning spaces – the playground, the dining hall, the corridor outside the classroom are all perfectly viable places to learn.
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