Thanks for taking time to visit my blog. I have been blogging about education policy, technology and research in various formats since 2014. In 2018, I embarked on a PhD at Teesside University which focuses on social media in education. My thesis title is ‘An exploration into the pedagogical benefits of using social media: can educators incorporate social media into pedagogy successfully?’. As part of my journey, I gained a PCE from Arizona State University, and have become a Google Certified Trainer, Apple Teacher, and Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE), and Trainer.
I believe that technology can improve the quality of teaching and learning and help make our students successful. Although, this can only be done with a joint strategy for education providers and the technology industry to increase the effective use of technology in education. Technology can inspire students to further engage with curricula, and learn skills that will help them succeed in the workforce. EdTech can be expensive but can also save institutions money via virtual field trips, electronic documents, online textbooks among other amazing benefits. As an educator, I have benefited from technology by collaborating with industry experts and sharing resources for FREE (Twitter is a useful tool for this).
In particular, those who feel marginalised by disability, migration or sexuality can be introduced to a wider selection of peers via EdTech (social media platforms), thus benefitting their social well-being (Longfield 2018). I argue that schools omitting tools that yields over 70,000 job vacancies is highly irresponsible. In my view, King (2015) summaries the current predicament best:
The speed of technological innovation and industry is moving faster than higher education’s ability to adapt. How can we expect students to be effective and successful employees when we’re using outdated models to prepare them?Michael King (2015), Why Higher Education and Business Need to Work Together