#268 – How to Prove Your EdTech Works
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What’s in this episode?
Karine and Rose meet this week to discuss how EdTech entrepreneurs and developers can evidence the impact of their products and services, with special guests Rajeshwari Iyer and Kavitha Ravindran of sAInaptic, the AI-powered EdTech app delivering interactive, instant, and personalised learning experiences for the UK’s GCSE sciences.
Also in the news are reports of ‘learning poverty’ as both UK and international publications warn of ‘cracks in the foundations’ of education: a quarter of a million children are entering secondary education without basic skills in maths and English. Why is this happening, and with regard to maths, what technology exists to help solve the problem? And how do we know whether or not this technology does what it claims?
Material discussed in this episode includes:
- The Centre for Social Justice’s report: Cracks in Our Foundations
- Nuffield Foundation’s research report: Can Maths Apps Add Value to Young Children’s Learning?
- AI for Schools Teachers
- EVR’s Byte-Sized Research Summary: The Logic Model as a Strategic Decision-Making Dashboard
- EVR’s AI Readiness Online Course: A Quick Introduction to the Logic Model
To register your EdTech startup for the EDUCATE Programme, visit the EVR website today.
Rajeshwari is an experienced research and data scientist with a PhD in computational neuroscience from Imperial College London and an MPhil in computational biology from the University of Cambridge. She has over 12 years of experience in computational modelling and data science, complimented with a background in software development. Rajeshwari brings in strategy and thought leadership from her experience in both academia and the NHS.
Kavitha Ravindran – Chief Content Officer, Cofounder, sAInaptic
Kavitha has a PGCE in secondary science from the University of Cambridge. She has over 12 years of experience as a secondary science teacher and GCSE examiner. She brings in a wealth of subject matter expertise to the table. Having been in leadership positions in secondary schools, Kavitha directs the development of sAInaptic’s content in line with the various curricula and leads the pedagogical aspects of the platform.
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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