Which EdTech is the right EdTech at this time?
When a person is given a task to do which can never be completed, it is referred to by some with the adjective ‘Sisyphean’. This hails back to the ancient Greek myth of Sisyphus, the king of Corinth who was punished by Zeus to forever roll a boulder up a hill. Compiling a list of EdTech offers at this time is truly Sisyphean!
At the time of writing, school leaders are facing the equally Sisyphean task of supporting their communities to learn from home, as well supporting the children of key workers on site. In addition to managing the health and wellbeing of their staff, school leaders must remember to look after themselves too. The combination of all these tasks is like rolling not one, but many, boulders uphill.
Fortunately, unlike Sisyphus in ancient Greece, school leaders are not alone in their struggle. School leaders have local, regional and national networks to support them, and we are here to support schools in North Yorkshire Local Authority as well as our new and existing NYES customers beyond any geographic borders.
One aspect of the support we give, is advice and guidance on education technology and what best supports teachers and learners. However, with many new Covid-19 offers coming daily from suppliers across the world, we are finding keeping you up to date to be a boulder of our very own to roll uphill, and it’s one which keeps growing in size!
For that reason, and to ensure that you receive the most up to date and useful guidance on Covid-19 EdTech solution offers, we have decided to compile the compilers here for you.
There are a number of individuals and organisations which can support you in your decision making and delivery of learning at this time, so we would like to introduce you to them directly via the links below, so you can visit, become informed and make the right decision for your school, setting or home situation.
If you would rather speak to a person about EdTech, or need a team to set up a solution remotely, or you simply need to ask a question without spending a lot of time searching for an answer yourself, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and we will do our best to support you in supporting your schools and families.
In a nutshell, our guidance is to start with what you already have, then identify any gaps in your provision. Once done, you can grow through selectively choosing from the offers available until those gaps are filled.
Here are some compilations which should help you with this task:
The Department for Education
The DfE have released their “Coronavirus (COVID 19): list of online education resources for home education”. They have brought together an initial list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home.
These websites have been identified by some of the country’s leading educational experts and offer a wide range of support and resources for pupils of all ages.
EdTech Impact is a nationally recognised platform which not only lists what is available out there, but also shares evidence and customer reviews of products, so you can see the impact the products actually have. There are two useful links here
LendED is a BESA initiative. BESA is the trade association for the UK's education suppliers. All of its members undergo a strenuous vetting process and sign up to BESA's industry Code of Practice.
Common Sense Media: Wide Open School
Common Sense is America’s leading nonprofit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century.
Wide Open School is their free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense. It is a US site, but the resources and content are universal, it compiles resources from a vast number of providers in an easy to navigate manner.
We hope this is of use to you, but if you would like more information, or want to find out more about our school services, please get in touch:
T: 01609 533222