Educational technology costing hundreds of millions of pounds a year will not provide a “miracle cure” to underachievement and could be abandoned by teachers, according to a leading researcher.
Innovations such as massive open online courses (Moocs) and tablet computers had their benefits, but they did not provide an instant fix for teachers, said Wayne Holmes, a researcher at the University of London’s Institute of Education.
It was a “hollow ambition” to want every child in a school to have a tablet, unless there was a clear strategy for what teachers wanted to achieve with them, Dr Holmes told TES ahead of his appearance at the ResearchED conference in London next weekend.
His comments also precede a major report on how to improve the use of educational technology, which is to be published this autumn by the UK government’s Education Technology Action Group (Etag).
The document, which will be presented to ministers, will outline a range of short- and long-term initiatives to remove the barriers faced by schools and colleges trying to make the most of technology.
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