Cohesive digital strategy needed in schools, says new report

Cohesive digital strategy needed in schools, says new report

Issues around technology procurement, measurement and adoption have prompted industry heavyweights to call on Government to produce a digital strategy for schools.

The initiative, led by education technology company Instructure (NYSE:INST), involved a country-wide consultation among primary and secondary schools, the Department for Education and industry thought leaders such as Reform,FutureGov and Besa. Today, Instructure is releasing the advisory report, Driving Digital Strategy in Schools, which considers the future of digital education strategy in the UK and provides guidance on key components for a comprehensive approach.

Canvas Network and Zappar join forces to bring augmented reality to the classroom



New MOOC brings the water cycle to life

A new ‘massive open online course’ (MOOC) launching this month is set to showcase the ways augmented reality (AR) technology can help bring learning to life. 

The course, developed in partnership between Canvas Network and Zappar comes in response to huge user demand for AR in the classroom, which Zappar reports has tripled in two years (from 11% to 29%)1.

The MOOC will offer an innovative way for teachers and students aged 8 years and up to explore ‘the water cycle’, grounding a theoretical subject in an authentic, tangible and visual way. Young learners under the age of 13 must submit a signed parent consent form in order to enrol and fully participate in the course. 

STEM in the ‘real world’

‘We all have a part to play in tackling the STEM skills shortage’ 

The most recent research for the Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology reported that 42 per cent of employers still have difficulties recruiting staff from science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) backgrounds. Indeed, the STEM skills shortfall is a very real issue, and a cause for concern not only for schools, but also parents, businesses, government and policy-makers.  

Advice and Tips on The Future of Engineering in Education

Doug Anderson, Sales and Marketing Manager of Guttridge, discusses the importance of attracting future engineers, offering a few tips and setting a few industry goals along the way.

The engineering sector is vital for the UK’s economic progression. In the future, engineers will be responsible for producing cutting-edge technology and building structures that will help the UK tackle many renewable energy issues. 

To achieve this, there needs to be as many people entering the industry as possible. Educational organisations must remove any existing preconceptions and make engineering an attractive career path for younger people from all backgrounds.

The IET Faraday programme: Bringing Science, Technology and Maths to life

We can do more to nurture students’ interest and achievement in Science, Design & Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) – by showing them the exciting, real-life applications of the subjects. If we want students to be fully equipped for their futures, we need to give them grounding in these subjects and make them aware of the career choices in these fields.