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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney

On this week's podcast I speak to Deirdre Hodson who works in the European Commission’s department for Education, Youth, Sports and Culture in Brussels. She provides a European Union policy perspective on technology and sustainability in education. Among the topics we discuss are:

  • How she came to work in the area of digital education policy and her studies in the area
  • Ben Williamson
  • Neil Selwyn
  • How her studies contributed to her work as a policymaker
  • How the pandemic is likely to impact on policy and practice
  • The need for schools to have digital strategies
  • The importance of the school as a whole being the unit of change and of hearing the student voice
  • The difference between emergency remote teaching and online learning
  • How countries reaped the benefits of investment in digital resources in education during the pandemic
  • Asking what we can learn from remote teaching and learning as a result of the pandemic
  • Broadening the education infrastructure to include collaboration with libraries and museums
  • The origin, purpose and launch of the SELFIE diagnostic/planning tool she was involved in developing
  • How SELFIE has been used and a new SELFIE tool for teachers to be launched in October 2021.
  • Report on Artificial Intelligence in Education
  • Examples of interesting practices in digital education across Europe
  • An account of a visit to a school in Finland and the phenomenon-based learning and to one in Austria
  • Sustainability, digital technologies, accessibility and inclusion
  • Risks and threats of technology alongside opportunities (e.g. data protection; student and teacher agency)
  • Differences between aspects of a teacher’s job that are routine (e.g. marking) and those that are human (e.g. coaching and mentoring)
  • Neil Selwyn Should robots replace teachers?
  • Challenges of not being able to hold the regular Leaving Certificate examinations in 2020.
  • The value of learning languages
  • Erasmus and E-Twinning: Léargas
  • Neil Selwyn’s book Distrusting Educational Technology: Critical Questions for Changing Times
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