#260 – Should we be worried about Clickbait Curriculums?
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What’s in this episode?
Rose and Karine play host to Lord Jim Knight in the EdTech Podcast Zoom studio this week, and try to understand the arguments surrounding the establishment of Oak National Academy as an ‘Arm’s Length Body’.
On 12th January 2023, a question was asked in the UK’s House of Lords about Oak, an organisation that during the Covid lockdowns provided online classroom and teaching resources to students and teachers across the country. Oak has stayed relevant and in the news, and at the start of this year, Lord Vaizey asked what assessment the government had made of the impact of its funding for Oak National Academy on the publishing and education technology sectors. The day after, Lord Knight joined Rose and Karine in conversation to discuss the thinking behind the investment in Oak, what direction the government could be going in with the organisation, and the problems with supporting it in the way that they have.
You can see the original House of Lords discussion here.
Thank you to Learnosity for sponsoring this episode, and for supporting the Evidence-Based EdTech series on the EdTech Podcast.
And finally, shout out to Rose, Karine and Jim for also digging into the world of ChatGPT and how we should start thinking of that within our classrooms and for our young people.
Jim Knight – The Rt. Hon Lord Knight of Weymouth
Jim Knight works in education, medtech and as a legislator. He was the Chief Education and External Officer at TES Global Ltd, the news, training, jobs and resource sharing service for teachers. Jim is a founder of XRapid, enabling diagnosis of malaria and asbestos fibres using iPhones. As a UK government minister his portfolios included rural affairs, schools, digital and employment. He was a member of Gordon Brown’s Cabinet 2009-2010, before joining the Lords after the 2010 General Election. He is also a visiting Professor at the Knowledge Lab of the UCL Institute of Education.
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Rose Luckin – Professor of Learner Centred Design, UCL, Founder, EDUCATE Ventures Research
Rosemary (Rose) Luckin is Professor of Learner Centred Design at UCL Knowledge Lab. She was named one of the 20 most influential people in education in the Seldon List, 2017. Rose is Founder of EDUCATE Ventures Research Ltd., a London hub for start-ups, researchers and educators developing evidence-based educational technology. She is past president and current treasurer of the International Society for AI in Education and co-founder of the Institute for Ethical AI in Education.
Karine George – Former Headteacher, Chief Education Advisor, EDUCATE Ventures Research
An award-winning, future reimagining educationalist, Karine spent more than 20 years as headteacher in an ‘Outstanding’ Oftsed-rated school, She is an active research practitioner and ties research, business and education together to transform leadership and pedagogy. An advocate for technology’s support of 21st century teaching and learning, she has reported on its use to the DfE, penned numerous articles on educational issues and was a contributing author for ‘Sustainable School Transformation: an inside-out school-led approach’.
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