Written by Pete Atherton, Department of Secondary and Further Education. This book has been written to support you to use educational technology (or edtech) in a way that actually helps your learners. It is also designed to provide you with the skills and mindset to embrace rapid changes in the culture of learning. In this introduction we will firstly summarise the structure of each chapter, then allow a glimpse into some of the themes explored in the book. After reading the book, you should have a clearer sense of how to ensure that your use of edtech is always linked to meaningful formative assessment. You should also feel empowered to know how to use a selection of edtech tools  –  and why. It is not a complete guide, nor could it ever be. Indeed, some aspects of edtech are omitted altogether (for example MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses); the vast number of available resources is changing the way we teach but is it changing the way we learn?

The chapters are organised into the following overlapping categories:

  • Recent  and emerging themes in edtech
  • Assessment/assignment tools
  • Social media
  • Video and audio
  • Collaborative working
  • Presentation
  • Games and learner response systems

Each chapter is structured in the following way:

  • What is (the name of the edtech tool)?
  • An infographic summarising the benefits of using it
  • What can it do for teachers and learners?
  • How to use it
  • How to assess using it
  • How it fits into the broader socio-cultural context (a short literature review)
  • How can you use it to meet the Secondary Teachers’ Standards (DFE, 2012)