Weekly education technology news – 29th February

This week a survey shows lack of wifi provision in primary schools, online maths guru up for $1 million teacher prize, parents concerned about use of ebooks and a robot being developed that could monitor boredom levels in the classroom.

New survey shows 1.5 million primary pupils have limited access to the internet
The survey was commissioned by the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) and the education technology association Naace. They surveyed 1,204 schools across the UK found that 38% of primary pupils in the UK have poor access to the internet at school.

Online maths guru up for Global Teaching Award
Colin Hegarty, who developed the online tutorial maths website HegartyMaths, has been shortlisted for the prize worth $1 million. He says that if he wins the prize he will invest it in developing his website which is free for all pupils to access.

Research shows that majority of parents worry about their kids using ebooks
The research asked 1,500 parents of UK children aged up to eight were about their attitudes to digital media and ebooks. Most parents were concerned about too much screen time affecting attention spans and exposing their children to inappropriate content. The research was carried out by the reading charity BookTrust in association with the Open University.

A robot that can recognise signs of boredom could be used in classrooms
Scientist are developing a new robot that can read boredom levels in humans by how often they fidget. These developments could pave the way for an “empathic” robots or online teachers that can tell when a pupil is not paying attention.



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