The City School Southern Region hosted CityTech2023 to highlight the impact of technology on education. The conference brought together educators, technologists, and industry leaders to discuss their knowledge and insights into how technology is gradually transforming the traditional ways of education.
Keynote speaker Dr. Kevin Martin, Center Manager of Cambridge University’s ‘Digital Education Futures Initiative’ (DEFI) emphasized that unless relationships and dialogue are central to the learning process and experience, learning will not be as efficient as it should be. Internationally, the recent covid crisis brought this out clearly. A lack of infrastructure was not the only problem. If engagement and dialogue are missing, learning outcomes will be deficient.
Another keynote guest speaker, Mr. Rob Jamieson, Head of Partnerships at Pearson’s School Qualifications, concurred: EdTech is “a servant, not a master”. The teachers must be guided by their subject expertise and not be overwhelmed by the claims of individual programmes.
Mr. Khan Kashif Khan, Director of Strategy and Operations at The City School Southern Region, when asked to share his vision and thoughts on EdTech said:
“Digital technology has made the entire educational process faster, more efficient, and more interactive than previously. Students are learning faster, staying engaged, and retaining more with well-made virtual lessons.” Mr. Khan, in accordance with all the conference speakers, advised schools to incorporate technology into their curriculum as a necessary step. “It’s no longer a matter of choice but a crucial responsibility.”
The City School’s key strategy is to collaborate closely with major technology partners such as Microsoft and Google to develop solutions. They ensure that the teachers and staff are properly trained and equipped to use technology effectively in their classrooms. Technology is not limited to just the ICT curriculum but covers every aspect of teaching and learning.