The key drivers in the Education Technology (edtech) revolution should support those at the ‘chalkface’, yet teachers often end up with products developed and procured by people with little understanding of the realities of education.
These tools may be pretty and potentially useful, but the ideas for edtech initiatives rarely come from those expected to implement them. As a result of this disconnect (and other related issues), only a minoritiy of educators are using edtech in a significant way and improvements in learning seem modest compared to the billions spent.
In a bid to help address this issues, ed-invent are offering educators (within England) the chance to pitch their ideas about how edtech can help teaching and learning and better support teachers, schools, students and parents.
The aim of ed-invent is to stimulate, challenge and enthuse educators to get more involved in every aspect of edtech, from basic ideas to how products are developed, tested, procured, used and evaluated.
The sorts of ideas ed-invent is seeking range from the micro to the massive, but so far the best have all been based around the real ‘pain points educators face in their classrooms and schools everyday. However, there is no rule book for ed-invent, no right or wrong, they are looking for any and all ideas that are legal, ethical and respect the rights of educators and students.
ed-invent have promised that one applicant for Virtual ed-invent from this UKEdChat feature will be chosen to attend their residential final on 28-30 March, near Cambridge. They will be one of 20+ finalists who will spend the weekend developing their edtech ideas with the help of some of the best-known UK edtech entrepreneurs. 1st place gets £3,000 and support if they wish to take their idea further. 2nd place will receive £1,000 and runners up will have the opportunity of mentoring and internships at companies like Night Zookeeper and Touch Press.
Click here to see how to apply, (https://www.ed-invent.com/apply-now/) and to find the documents and videos to support your thinking.
If you have any queries contact Richard Taylor at ed-invent (firstname.lastname@example.org or directly on 0790 3271 643).