Bett 2018: Technology needs "careful introduction" into schools and colleges to boost buy-in

Technology can help but it can also hinder, says education expert

Technology in education should be used to help develop relationships between students and teachers, according to an educational technology specialist.

Speaking at the Betnbet show 2018, held at Excel in East London, George McIntyre, an education specialist at Cylo said that technology can help but it can also hinder, so we have to be careful how we introduce that technology. "It can strengthen and leverage that relationship and that's the best way to use it," he said.

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"Education is not a one size fits all endeavour where every student is given a solution that fits them, it is individually tailored to the needs of that student," said McIntyre. "It is all about the relationship between the teacher and the student. The relationship is the key driver for the success of that student."

He added that educational institutes cannot just introduce technology and expect the technology to teach the children. "The technology makes the difference when it is used in conjunction with the teacher knowing how the students are motivated," he added.

He said that educators should look at how technology fits into the picture. "How can it be introduced effectively? He said it needs to allow teachers to adapt teaching approach, motivate students, and provide compelling material," he said. 

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Educational institutions would be well-advised to use "one-stop-shop" technology in order to help individual students, according to Bernita Naude, an education specialist at Cylo, speaking at the same event.

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She said that while educators could choose educational technology that integrates with everything, "a one-stop-shop is best". Such technology should be developed in conjunction with educators.

Naude said that when introducing such technology and getting buy-in from senior management and teachers at educational institutions, the priority should be on training, support and change management. "Don't try to deliver everything at once, gently does it," she told delegates. 

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