Classrooms have had computers for decades, but in the past few years the buzz about “education technology” (or edtech) has become persistent, especially in America, The Economist reports. This is because of new generations of learning software, free online tutorials and better connectivity. Students are also getting ever more gadgets, as iPads and other tablets are handed out in schools. Adaptive learning software is starting to show great promise. These tools offer personalised education for every child, so that they can learn at their own pace. Free online courses such as the KhanAcademy’s mathematics classes are allowing schools to take...

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