The TPEA Blog

News and stories from our members and the education sector

Educational Technology: Opportunities and Challenges

Emma Whewell shares the findings of Alastair Snook’s study on primary teachers’ use of educational technology, and the opportunities and challenges it presented during the pandemic. The shift to alternative methods of instruction using digital technology has been a learning process for digital native teachers and digital immigrant teachers alike.

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Teaching through Crisis: The Remote Education Experiences of PK-12 Teachers During Covid-19 Campus Closures

This qualitative research study from the US explores the experiences of teachers in the spring semester of 2020 as they remotely instructed their students owing to COVID-19 campus closures. Analysis revealed teachers’ concerns for their students and their learning, the barriers presented owing to the disconnect between them and their students, and how their competencies changed as their time with remote instruction increased.

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TPEA at BETT 2022

As a subject association for educational technology, BETT is surely a highlight of our year but it has naturally been interrupted by the pandemic. After a

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BETT 2022 line up

A packed three days of talks, workshops and events can be found here: The TPEA will be delivering three, ten-minute lightning talks on our

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Developing Computer Science pedagogy through shared lesson resources

On 3rd November Dr Elizabeth Hidson gave a talk at the Digital Technologies for Education Special Interest Group at the University of Northampton. Her presentation focused on in-service ICT teachers faced with the 2014 English National Curriculum shift that required the teaching of Computer Science and how their pedagogical knowledge was enhanced through shared lesson resources and professional communities of practice.

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‘It sounded like fun, that we would get to go to the university.’ Pupils teaching ICT to peers: a case study of Finnish Media Agents

This Finnish study reports a practical experiment involving young pupils, their teachers and university students, named the Media Agent project. The purpose of the project was for the university students to teach the schoolchildren new Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills, which they then would teach to other pupils and teachers at their own schools.

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