EdFutures is dedicated to helping change our current education system to make it fit for the 21st century. Our initial focus is on the role(s) that technology might play as a lever for change (or trojan mouse).
This is a wiki - so everything is 'under development'. Feel free to join the EdFutures community and help us improve the wiki (and ultimately our education systems).
Levers for change (?)
We are carrying out research exploring issues to do with a range of models of technology provision and related strategies in schools. We think of these as being levers for change. They include:
Community members are writing up their case studies and we will be exploring the data they have collected to identify emerging trends and develop 'strategic advice'.
The Educational Technology Action Group (ETAG)
The Educational Technology Action Group (ETAG) was set up by three ministers: Michael Gove, Matthew Hancock and David Willetts with a brief to provide the (English) Government with advice about how to enhance ICT (the use of digital technology to enhance learning across the curriculum) in schools, FE and HE. Read the ETAG Report (published in Jan-2015).
Technology in Schools
ICT & Professional Development
Interested in the future of education (including the potential impacts of digital technology on schools)? Keen to do a PhD?
I am looking for PhD students interested in researching the sorts of areas addressed in this website. Now is the time to plan your application for a funded studentship with the Open University (UK) for next year (funded studentships are normally advertised in January, with applications by early March with a view to starting in September).
Get in touch with me me (Prof Peter Twining) to discuss your research ideas and for advice on your proposal.
Technology Enhanced Summative Testing (TEST)
Paper-based high stakes assessment (such as GCSEs and A levels in England) are the major barrier to change in curriculum and pedagogy in schools. Moving to on-screen exams would remove that blockage. Our aim is that the majority of GCSEs and A Level exams will take place on-screen by 2020. Find out more ...
New Purposes - New Practices - New Pedagogy (NP3)
The Society for Educational Studies (SES) is funding this exciting new research project to explore the ways in which digital competences that young people develop outside school come to be recognised and valued by teachers in primary schools, resulting in changes in pedagogy.
We have started to publish short case studies based on the initial studies and are currently working on a further seven more in-depth studies the results of which should emerge in early 2017.
Find out more ...
The Schome Initiative
EdFutures complements the Schome Initiative, which starts from the premise that to achieve the optimal education system for the 21st century you need to start with a clean sheet because the existing education system is too resilient and self-sustaining. Much of the content within the Schome wiki is directly relevant to EdFutures. Here are some of the most relevant links:
The Digital Sonic Landscapes of Learning
We know that many learners listen to music whilst they study. However, we don't know enough about what they listen to, why they listen to it and what impact it has on their learning?
This project sets out to explore those issues, with a particular focus on secondary school students. Find out more ...
This is where PeterT blogs about stuff that interests him, which is generally about things to do with education and digital technology.
Read PeterT's bliki or (better still) join the discussions.
This page was previously called 'The ICT Curriculum'
Your Own Technology Survey (YOTS)
- Do you know what technology your pupils have access to at home?
- Do they have internet enabled mobile devices?
- Would they be willing, able and allowed to bring them into school every day?
If you are thinking about BYOD or BYOT then these are questions you need to know the answer to.
The Your Own Technology Survey (YOTS) is a tool to help schools and researchers better understand the technology available to students, and how that technology might be utilized to enhance educational outcomes.
||EdFutures.net spun off from the DfE funded Vital programme. Vital was taken on by Jisc but closed in mid-2015, whilst Peter Twining continues to lead on EdFutures.net.