Lynda Bramwell, Liz Duncombe and Andrew Field of Cambridge Assessment International Education provide an overview of their summit session on how a focus on teaching can improve the impact of technology for learners.
About the presenters
Lynda Bramwell has been School Liaison Manager at Cambridge International since 2014. Previously she worked for Cambridge Assessment, in educational publishing, and as an EFL teacher. She is passionate about listening to teachers and feeding their requirements into product and qualification development.
Andrew Field has been e-Learning Manager at Cambridge Assessment International Education since 2015. He has 15 years’ teaching experience, originally as a history teacher then as Head of Faculty for computing and IT. He was an Adobe Educational Leader for 10 years, developing a range of e-Learning materials and resources. His focus is on the added value of technology – making positive use of digital to have clear impact for teaching and learning.
Liz Duncombe joined Cambridge International in 2015 and works in curriculum support, producing materials to help teachers effectively deliver our programmes. She was a teacher for 11 years in UK secondary schools, and has recently completed her doctoral research into student experience of transition into the sixth form.
A focus on technology has driven the use of edtech in the classroom, but there has been an insufficient concentration on teaching. In the last 30 years we have seen a range of technological innovations offering huge potential, but nothing has sufficiently delivered transformational impact.
Why is this? Is the edtech fit for purpose? How can schools move forward effectively?