• Education technology is helping to accelerate learning, says OECD director

Investment in education technology is necessary to accelerate learning globally, according to Andreas Schleicher, a director at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

The director of the organisation’s Directorate of Education and Skills, Schleicher said that education technology will ultimately have an impact far beyond our children – affecting trade, business and industry in the future.

“Students unable to navigate through a complex digital landscape will no longer be able to participate fully in the economic, social and cultural life around them.” he claimed.

Schleicher stated that education technology is now having an impact on the way students learn. Digital tools such as virtual labs, social media and interactive software are encouraging more engaged learning, he claimed. This is enabling more hands–on, interactive activities and encouraging cooperative learning among students.

Schleicher noted that the countries who have most embraced the potential of education technology are now realising the results. He said that in Shanghai, where teachers are using an intelligent platform to share their lesson plans, status is awarded to teachers whose plans are most used and improved upon. He added that this shows the potential of providing real time assessment of teaching and learning, revealing quicker and more effectively which methods are working.