This is part three of five in a series of blogs addressing the five key areas where Edtech can have the greatest impact on British schools as outlined by the Department for Education and Education Secretary Damian Hinds on August 7th, 2018. 

In the first blog in our DfE response series, we discussed how Edtech can ‘improve learning outcomes’ by empowering teachers in their practice. Today, we take a closer look at the Department for Education’s question as to how Edtech can improve ‘methods for delivery of teacher training and development by upgrading educator support so they can learn and develop more flexibly’. The answer is simple: the most efficient method of delivering teacher training is through online learning. It circumvents the time expenditure required for the organisation and execution of in-person training  – there is no planning or physical travel time and information is delivered in a concise way. Teachers can improve their practice while prioritising actual teaching time.

Online learning is the best way to deliver teacher training – it’s an easy statement to make, but the DfE’s message was clear: how is Edtech actually tackling these issues? CENTURY’s new CPD training platform for teachers is our answer and proof. CENTURY is delighted to release the new online platform, completely free for teachers to use, this Autumn. The content ranges from digital safety to how to embed technological innovations in your teaching. You’ll learn about the most recent developments in educational science, like utilising flipped and blended learning, to maximise your impact in the classroom. Information is presented in concise, bite sized chunks to save you time. As you use the platform, CENTURY’s innovative AI builds a learning profile based on your unique behaviours – delivering the information you need most in the way that suits you best.

A lot of discourse surrounding Edtech suggests a world that is ‘increasingly’ digital – we disagree – technological innovation, and its intrinsic place in our lives, is not a future possibility, but our immediate reality.  In order to best help children safely and optimally navigate this reality, teachers must be informed of technology’s complexities and potential. We also address the misconception that technology is socially detrimental. Technology enhances human connection, bridging our diverse experiences. Edtech specifically eases communication and understanding between students, teachers, leaders, and guardians. Furthermore, The Digital Skills for a Changing Economy course explores how digital education has great potential to tackle opportunity inequality, equipping young people with invaluable skills to help them succeed. At CENTURY, we’re not trying to replace the human element inherent to teaching – we’re trying to make it stronger. In short, we’re using technology to promote education that connects educators, students, and guardians so they can work smarter, not harder. It’s #authenticallyintelligent.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be speaking with the various teachers, programmers, and industry contributors who made CENTURY’s free CPD for teachers possible. As you learn about the inspiration behind the project, the thought and work that went into its creation, we hope to give you a sense of the passion that drove us from start to finish. The team at CENTURY have been working hard to put together something that does justice to the dedicated work teachers are doing every day.

 

For more information, email: cpd@century.tech.

This is part three of five in a series of blogs addressing the five key areas where Edtech can have the greatest impact on British schools as outlined by the Department for Education and Education Secretary Damian Hinds on August 7th, 2018. Please click below to read our previous responses.