Education Technology Health Check Launched

May 01, 2014

Virgin Media Business (VMB) has launched a review of the part technology plays in UK education, titled Generation Tech.

The company is set to invite children from 20,000 schools across the country to explain how they think their learning is being supported by technology.

The review follows on from news earlier this month that VMB had launched a new IT programme set to save schools £840m.

Now the firm is asking both pupils and teachers to answer what it calls “The Big Digital Question,” or, how schools are embracing the 21st century and how it can continue to enhance learning.

“In the UK, we have a bigger digital economy than any other developed nation and our children will be vital in helping us stay in pole position,” claimed Mario Di Mascio, VMB executive sales director.

“We have a duty as a country to help schools achieve great thing through technology to make sure we sustain this powerful advantage,” he added.

The UK’s first Digital Youth Council is also being created as part of Generation Tech with the aim of being a forum for young people to engage with leading education influencers.

It starts from the autumn and nominations to the council will be made by schools.

Government Backing For The Programme

Education Minister Elizabeth Truss has backed VMB’s review.

“Technology is everywhere and it’s vital that children understand how to make it work for them,” Truss claimed.

“This is why we are introducing rigorous new curricula in maths and computing that will teach children skills like coding and programming, along with the maths that underpins computer science,” she added.

The Minister also added that see was looking forward to seeing the results of the Big Question, claiming children were the best people to ask when it comes to what works best in the classroom.




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