Pearson report advises on education tech investment
New report and index aims to help education establishments make better investments in digital learning
Education company Pearson has released a new international report that aims to help education organisation to select learning technology solutions.
The report, titled ‘Alive in the Swamp', is intended to give a practical, evidence-based guide to selecting education technology. The report includes an Index, which allows for systematic evaluation of new digital innovations. Under the Index, learning technologies are assessed along three criteria: the effectiveness of the learning technology's pedagogy; its ability to activate real and lasting system change; and the accessibility and usability of the technology itself.
Pearson said that ‘Alive in the Swamp' is particularly relevant to the Gulf region, where investment in education and digital learning is among the highest in the world.
Katelyn Donnelly of Pearson, who co-authored the report with Michael Fullan, commented: "Technology has huge potential for strengthening and deepening what we can learn. However, given the breadth of digital learning products available in the market, it is often difficult to determine which products will have the greatest tangible benefits for schools and students. In a time of unprecedented digital innovation this Index will add clarity to the digital learning field. The Index is accessible and simple to use, allowing educators to employ it to select those digital learning tools that have proven efficacy."
By identifying gaps in the digital education market, it is also hoped that the Index will lead to producers of learning technology creating products that are more effective in generating improved outcomes for students. Ms Donnelly says:
"We are confident that one of the outcomes Alive in the Swamp will be a drive to improve digital education products and how they are delivered. The Index has highlighted where innovation gaps exist, so we are hoping entrepreneurs will take up the challenge of creating new products that fill these holes in the market, and ultimately improve the quality of the learning technology available in the Gulf region and all around the world."