Accelerating Edtech in London
Last week City University London hosted the launch of 'EdTech Accelerator', Europe's first accelerator programme aimed specifically at technology innovation in education (edtech).
Set up by The Education Foundation, the UK's first education think tank, the accelerator programme lasts for 10 weeks. Applications are invited from school and college teachers who want to improve education practices using cutting edge technology, 'teacher innovators', and also from 'teacher-led start-ups', businesses offering products and services for edtech that can be developed and scaled up.
The programme comprises weekly evening sessions on topics such as the new edtech and learning landscape, 'what works' in education, design and start-up methodology. In addition, the cohort will be inspired by top speakers on education and entrepreneurship, such as Tom Hulme, Design Director of IDEO and Sam Chaudhary CEO and Founder, Class Dojo.
Ian Fordham, Director of the EdTech Accelerator says, "The introduction of the new computer science curriculum really opens up the space for teacher innovators and teacher-led start-ups to grow innovation and positively use technology across education.
"The support of the City team has been invaluable in getting The EdTech Accelerator up and running - they've been the embodiment of a dynamic and forward thinking university. They are responsive to the needs of education innovators and entrepreneurs - we are delighted to have them as a partner in The Education Foundation's work and Edtech Club"
'EdTech Club' is a joint event initiative by The Education Foundation and the Tech City Investment Organisation. City partnered with them to host and support last week's session entitled 'Pioneering new approaches to learning', where the EdTech Accelerator was officially launched.
City's Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, Professor John Fothergill welcomed speakers Clare Sutcliffe, Co-founder of CodeClub and Ian Ashman, Principle of Hackney Community College, amongst others.
Commenting after the event Professor Fothergill said: "The ed tech event was very vibrant, enthusiastic and motivating. It was packed with ideas and pushed the boundaries of what can be done with technology for teaching, as well as how to teach technology."