Inside the Education and Technology MA | UCL Institute of Education

[Dr Kaska Porayska-Pomsta] Technology is very important for education because it fundamentally provides tools with which we can learn, with which we can examine the world, with which we can think. [Professor Sara Price] One of the ways we do this is through different interdisciplinary perspectives, from human-computer interaction, technology making and design, from artificial intelligence as well as pedagogy. [Dr Mina Vasalou] We work with researchers and bring in theory in the context of design and try to really tackle some of the big problems that concern schools and teachers. The new modules that we are introducing are very much design-oriented. We have design thinking and making, we also have AI in education. Both of these modules are about developing more effective and more innovative technologies for education. The key point is to bring everybody together and to try to capitalise on our strengths and key skills. [Yuriko Yabe] The course is really flexible as they allow us to go in our own way, choose our own research topic and I learned a little bit how to code and how to evaluate coding through that process as well. I think for my future career that would be useful. In the more practical base activities they’re using microbits and little bits – that’s technology that is easy to program and to configure for your own needs. [Ellie Bates] Before doing the course I was a secondary school teacher and I got really interested in e-learning and working with technology and this course allowed me both to progress my ideas and theory in teaching and to explore the application of technology. [Dr Kaska Porayska-Pomsta] The most exciting part of this course is that this is the place where you can really dig deep into both technical and social questions that surround artificial intelligence. It is about understanding and about actually becoming equipped with skills to actively take part in the debate and actually try to change the world.

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