The Future of Technology in Schools

In this special episode of WSA TV, we look at how technology is making a significant difference in how education is being delivered. Whilst catalysed by Covid-19, many of the changes will prove long lasting according to our panel...
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The use of technology in our schools has been brought into sharp relief by the Covid-19 crisis. Schools with a staff and student body well versed in their chosen technology and equipped with reliable hardware have, by many accounts, made a smoother and more cohesive move to online, at home learning.

In this edition of WSA TV we spoke to Gillian Hammond, Principal of Repton Abu Dhabi, Emma Hannon, Director of Digital and Innovative Learning at The Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Boys, Phoebe Hindi, Vice Principal of the Institute of Applied Technology and Zoe Woolley, Head Mistress of Foremarke School.

The four Apple Distinguished Schools were joined by Sherifa Aly, Education Specialist at MDS Computers. Mrs Aly and her team work closely with all four schools in all areas of technology supply and support.

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In this wide ranging discussion our panel reflects on the use of technology prior to school closures, and how that has rapidly evolved during the school closure period. Mrs Aly explains how her team has partnered with schools to continue to provide teachers with professional learning, in order to enable the best learning outcomes for children at home.

The panelists also share their thoughts as to how this period in time has, in some ways, changed education for the better, and how the many new innovations in teaching and learning that have come about as a result of the COVID19 crisis will eventually become best practice. The panel share examples of how technology has been integrated into their curriculum and culture and has been used to positive effect in their schools, not least in improved communications with parents.

The four school leaders agree that the challenges of this unprecedented time has brought their community closer together rather than further apart as many had initially feared. 

In the final part of the discussion, panelists tackle the thorny issue of the future of assessments and examinations online. How exactly can parents and educators be assured that our children’s progress and achievements are gauged with accuracy and fairness if conducted online?

Watch this very special episode of WSA TV to see how our expert panel envisage the evolution of technology in our classrooms.

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