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Experts call for framework on edtech

Samsung Electronics, European Electronique and The Education Foundation launch a new report that examines the future of tech in education. The group was put together in response

to a request from the UK Department for Education to identify emerging solutions to the barriers facing schools and other learning organisations in using technology to improve learning outcomes. The report, entitled: 'Technology in

Education: A System View', is writen by James Penny, Solutions Director at European Electronique and Ian Fordham and Ty Goddard, Co-founders of The Education Foundation – with the contribution of leading educators, industry leaders and academics. Andy Griffiths, President of Samsung

UK and Ireland, commented: “We believe that technology has a significant role to play in opening doors for the leaders of tomorrow, equipping them with the skills necessary to meet the needs


✥ Technology must be more strategically linked to achievement and learning in all schools.

✥ Collaboration should drive knowledge and advice sharing on a central website accessible for all teachers.

✥ Universal high-quality access to broadband in all schools would deliver significant benefits.

of the ever evolving economy. “We embrace our responsibility to help

make this a reality and so Samsung was delighted to support this report, which includes the advice and experience

✥ Schools should adopt cloud-based technology with choice of devices based on flexibility and total cost of ownership to make considerable savings.

✥ The use of technology to improve achievement must be recognised more prominently and systematically in inspection.

✥ There is the need to create an accountability framework with clear guidance of best practice.

of many leaders in this field. I hope that this report helps facilitate discussion and work as a guide for teachers as they work to integrate technology into the classroom.”

Hunt backs review of tech in schools

Resources for social media in schools

The Education Foundation and Facebook have teamed up to build a new toolkit for teachers interested in using social media in and around the classroom. The toolkit, hosted at,

contains a range of practical guidance and advice, including a series of ‘how to’ guides for teachers looking to use Facebook Pages and Groups, as well as subject specific case studies, and tips on managing privacy, safety and security. There are also examples of Facebook used in a range of institutions. Now used by 34 million people in the UK and over 1 billion people globally, Facebook is a communications platform used by teachers and pupils alike – before, during and after atending school or college.

Tristram Hunt, Labour MP for Stoke- on-Trent Central and the Shadow Education Secretary, has publicly backed an initiative, supported by Sir Richard Branson, to give children a voice on how technology is used in the classroom. The project will be the first state-of-

the-nation review asking teachers and pupils in 20,000 schools across the

country how technology can be improved in schools, particularly ahead of the 'coding revolution' in the autumn. Led by Virgin Media Business, it will call on a panel of students aged between 13 and 17 to share their experiences with technology and engage directly with the Department for Education later this year.

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