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50 reasons to celebrate education technology #EdTech

The Edtech50 is a celebration of the people, products and projects shaping this dynamic and growing sector across the UK. 

Launched today (February 28) by Edtech UK and Jisc at a House of Lords reception, the awards recognise effective and impactful use of edtech in the UK, along with individuals who have played a leading role in developing this area of work. 

The organisations behind the projects and products include FE colleges, an online learning community and a university spin-out. A full list of the award winners is available here. 

According to the government’s Digital Strategy, published in Feb 2017, education technology is one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK, accounting for 4% of all digital companies, and UK businesses have become world leaders in developing innovative new technologies for the education sector. 

The Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP, secretary of state for education, writing in the launch report, said: “There are so many reasons to be optimistic about the possibilities for technology across education. Edtech is increasingly supporting improved outcomes across England and internationally, and in my short time as Secretary of State for Education I have already seen how it can support and transform education at every step of the journey. 

“The work of inspirational leaders across the sector who are working tirelessly to support education, will be fundamental in ensuring the wider realisation of the opportunities presented by technology; to support improvements across the breadth of our education system. 

“I welcome this new initiative to highlight and celebrate many of the people, products and projects that have most impacted education.” 

Paul Feldman, chief executive of Jisc, said: “A former teacher with a mission to remove homework headaches, a head teacher who uses digital technology to improve special educational needs teaching and an entrepreneur who creates STEM play experiences are among those named in the inaugural Edtech50. The list shows how education technology can be a catalytic force for digital innovation in teaching and learning.” 

Ty Goddard, director of Edtech UK, said: “The Edtech50 has been chosen from a mixture of public nominations and the insight of our judging panel. It has been a challenging and exciting process. 

“The Edtech50 helps us all celebrate a wonderful sector, whilst recognising the benefits of education technology, and acknowledging the economic advantages of the growing edtech sector to the whole UK economy.” 

About Jisc: Jisc is the UK higher, further education and skills sectors’ not-for-profit organisation for digital services and solutions. Jisc’s role is to: 

» Operate shared digital infrastructure and services 

» Negotiate sector-wide deals with IT vendors and commercial publishers and 

» Provide trusted advice and practical assistance for universities, colleges and learning providers.

About Edtech UK: Edtech UK is a strategic body, established by the Education Foundation, to promote the growth of education technology sector in Britain and globally. It is a ‘front door’ for industry, investors, government and educators.

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