From January through March 2012, ALT and Naace — two membership organisations associations with members in the field of ICT and learning — ran an online discussion, prompted by the Department for Education, about how technology could transform education in schools. The report analyses and summarises the discussion in an attempt to distil coherent outcomes.
There were over 150 contributions to the discussion. The majority were made by people active in the learning technology field, but the discussion was open to parents, teachers, researchers and others.
Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove made reference to the SchoolsTech conversation in his speech at BETT on 11 January, and the Department for Education provided support to the discussion in the form of publicity to attract participants, and a series of Stimulus Questions that were used to focus discussion on different topics over several weeks.
The report aims to distil wide-ranging discussions, identifying areas of shared and conflicting opinion.