What is the Edtech 50?
The Edtech 50, now in its third year and produced by the Education Foundation, celebrates the work going on across the vibrant and growing EdTech sector to support great teaching and enhance learning. Supported by sponsor Amazon CWS and with partners Jisc, ISC Digital Group and TES we shine a light on EdTech champions, great products and projects creating new approaches and reaching out into our communities across the UK.
The Education Foundation
The Education Foundation is a cross-sector UK think tank set up to accelerate and support positive change in the British education system and beyond.
Co-founded by two former teachers Ty Goddard and Ian Fordham in 2011, key achievements for The Education Foundation in its first 5 years of work were:
- Delivering advisory work and partnership projects
- Influencing policy development at a national level.
- Undertaking commissioned research including the first piece of research commissioned by the global technology company outside of the US
- Hosting and delivering 50+ Education Foundation policy events, conferences, summits and roundtables
- Speaking at numerous education, technology and policy events and roundtables
The Edtech 50 is divided into People, Products and Projects.
Most notably the judges or organisers aren’t included in the list for obvious reasons, but there are some real key edtech people ruling themselves out of the award. It goes without saying that Ty Goddard and his work are essential for raising the profile of edtech and the impact good edtech can have. Mark Anderson – Mr ICT evangelist himself – is a judge and so also rules himself out of the praise.
Even though we live in edtech there were one or two products we were unaware of including Wakelet. According to the guide:
“Wakelet is a visual content platform. For educators and students, it offers a better way of doing things on the Web. It provides a means to bookmark, organise and curate content from across the web and use it to create beautiful, informative and engaging collections. It claims to be the ‘easiest way to capture and share multimedia resources with students, teachers and learning communities.’ The ever-expanding world wide web can be, if not tamed, at least harnessed to provide coherently created content for pupils, whether YouTube videos, images, Instagram posts, weblinks or PDFs etc. A couple of our Edtech 50 judges are particularly enthusiastic, including Andrew Dowell, who comments: ‘Personally use. Fantastic tool for collating resources or items to read later. Great for student use to aid assignment writing. Adapting to user feedback and constantly updating.’”
Our favourite Project was the Creative Computing Club:
“The Creative Computing Club provides young people in Suffolk with the opportunity to learn new digital skills in a fun and informal learning environment. It organises weekend, after-school, in-school, and private tutoring for 8 to 16-year-olds in computer programming, video game design, hardware programming, electronics and robotics. In the centre’s own words – ‘one of the best things about having our own centre is that we can do big electronics projects and learn new skills like soldering. We had several people soldering for the first time. Our youngest solderer was just 8-years-old.’ There were a huge number of complimentary nominations for the club, and especially for its founder, Mathew Applegate. Typical comments are: – ‘an amazing place to go for my son with ASD. Matthew is great with the children and inspiring. His dedication and commitment to getting children hands-on experience with electronics, software and robotics is astounding. The kids just love his group sessions.’”
Ones to Note
While we were disappointed to miss out on the edtech 50, but we were pleased to see that Numeracy Intervention with Emile was highlighted as “One to Note”.
As the citation points out, our MD Glen was highlighted in the 2018 edition (2019 only featured schools).
This recognition is fantastic and runs alongside the awards which we have won and been shortlisted in the last 6 months including: Bett Award, Teach Secondary Award, Educate North Award, and a GESS Award.