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guide

Recommendations for digital technology providers
on how to better support online and hybrid learning
for lower-secondary schools


Output type: Methodology / guideline
Developed between: 2022-06-01 – 2023-02-28
Lead organisation: Finnish Institute for Educational Research, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Media: Online publication
Languages: English

Share your experience, success stories, challenges or even failures you have encountered with education technologies during the Covid pandemic!

Though investment in EdTech has been increasing, learning results have not “automatically” increased with technological advancement: the recent OECD report regarding the impact of computer usage in schools (measured through PISA) stated that “impact on student performance is mixed, at best.” The Covid-19 crises and consequent “forced digitalization” of education however has changed the debate: the question is no longer “Should we use technology?” but “How should we use it better?”

In this phase of the project we will collect the experience of Austrian, Estonian, Finnish and Romanian teachers with the EdTech they have encountered, starting from basic (merely textbook substituting) applications to more advanced levels, using the SAMR (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition) model of EdTech integration. Our attention must be directed on how technology can enhance teaching and learning in a blended learning environment.

To become truly industry-changing for learners and educators, EdTech needs to be developed and applied correctly. For this reason, the future of education relies on an ongoing dialogue between educators and educational institutions and professionals in the tech world.

Teachers involved in development and testing activities will provide ongoing feedback on the technological tools and systems they encounter. The innovative feature of this output lies in the systematic, real-time feedback that these primary users will provide to software developers. The whole process will be facilitated by the project team, resulting in a guidance document aimed at education technology developers.

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