BECTA’s closing sends ripples throughout ed tech


Knezek, who recently visited BECTA senior staff, said the decision to terminate government funding of BECTA might cause other governments across Europe and throughout much of the former British Empire to re-examine how they provide leadership and support to schools for transforming education through technology.

He said that as he continues to travel internationally, the closing of BECTA is “the ‘shot heard ’round the world’ in the ed-tech community.”

“With the current world economy and the U.K.’s traditional influence on education outside the U.K., I believe it is likely to lead to decreased direct government funding for technology use in schools in many nations,” Knezek said.

He continued, “I am concerned for the schools in the U.K. In situations where there is strong and consistent centralized effort to improve learning with innovative and effective use of technology—Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong—we see not only high levels of adoption of technology, but improved performance on international comparisons of educational achievement and effectiveness as well. The U.K. is facing a more complex landscape now to foster and nurture improved leaning across that nation through innovative and effective uses of technology, and one might reasonably expect slower and less universal progress.”

Links:

BECTA

Consortium for School Networking

International Society for Technology in Education

RM Education

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