Which minister is up for a strategy for learning with ICT – Gove or Hancock? Find out at BETT
Education secretary Michael Gove MP has confirmed that he will open the BETT 2014 educational technology event at the ExCeL exhibition centre in London’s Docklands on January 22. He made his first speech on educational technology at BETT 2012, more than a year after taking office.
However, policy watchers might find more hope for the UK finally getting a glimpse of a strategy for technology and learning when skills minister Matthew Hancock MP takes to the stage at the BETT arena during the afternoon.
That’s because Matthew Hancock has been working with the FE community, ALT (the Association for Learning Technology) and technology companies to develop ideas to promote more dynamic adoption of technology for learning and management in the sector. The FELTAG consultation (Further Education Learning Technology Action Group), which identifies the “workstreams” which need to be developed for effective action, can be seen on the FELTAG website.
The result is that this minister, whose work straddles both the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department of Education, is seen as a politician who wants to move things forward for learning with technology. The view is that he “gets it” and is keen to take effective action to exploit the potential of technology for education, business and the UK economy.
BETT 2014 visitors will get the chance to decide for themselves. Michael Gove will make his keynote at 11am and Matthew Hancock at 3pm.