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Caterham School | United Kingdom | www.caterhamschool.co.uk

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Curriculum-based Augmented Reality solutions for primary education. 

What are the key trends you believe have the power to transform the way we learn?

The whole world seems to be talking about the potentially transformative power of Artificial Intelligence at the moment and the EdTech sector is no different. Right now, we haven't really got close to where we would like to be in this sector, but in the not too distant future, the idea of a virtual assistant for every pupil, guiding and supporting them with their studies could be absolutely revolutionary. 

The theme of EdTechXEurope 2018 is ‘Eternally Learning’. What does eternal learning mean to you?

As a school we have always encouraged the idea of lifelong learning. More than ever before, 'eternal learning' is not just a mindset to be encouraged, but a necessity for success in what will be a very fluid and changeable workplace. Young people leaving school now and in the future need to be adaptable and they need to be ready, willing and able to pick up new skills regularly to stay relevant and to adapt to the inevitable changes they will see. 

What should the rest of the world learn about EdTech in your country?

I think the UK takes a very pragmatic approach to EdTech; there is a sensible skepticism that means the innovations that do make it, tend to be genuinely transformative and enduring. There is also a vocal, supportive and open online community across a range of social networks that see schools sharing endless examples of creative ideas which is invaluable for anyone engaging with this sector. 

Why is it important for all players in the EdTech ecosystem to continuously connect, network and learn from each other?

EdTech is a contraction of two words: Education and Technology. With that in mind we see why there is such a necessity for the ecosystem to be in constant talks with itself. The technologists have the ability to create incredible platforms through which pupils can learn, but without consultation with teachers 'in the field' these platforms often miss the mark, or fail to quite do all of the things a classroom/teacher/pupil needs. When there is collaboration, there is so much more opportunity for success. 

How does your current role allow you to make a difference to education and learning space?

I am incredibly lucky to work at a school that has innovation at the core of its ethos. This enables me to explore the educational landscape for interesting and exciting opportunities to trial and embed into the day-to-day lives of our pupils. We are also very open about the journey that we are on and regularly invite visitors from other schools to discuss opportunities to collaborate or support them on their own quest to effectively utilise technology in the classroom. 

Who would you like to meet at the event?

Education innovators

When you think about joining London EdTech Week and EdTechXEurope Summit this year, what are you looking forward to?

I am looking forward to having the opportunity to hear from a range of people doing incredible things in the EdTech sector, and talking to experts within the industry about where they see things going in the next year or so. 

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