Teaching with Tech: the role of education unions in shaping the future

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Education International

Education unions are also rarely consulted about the digital technologies teachers use. This has to change if improving teaching and learning is the goal. It is possible for teachers to retain their professional autonomy, make informed choices about which technologies they use and when, and for the learning experience to be improved for everyone. This will not happen by accident and requires governments to do more to involve teachers’ representatives in the formation of policy related to educational technologies. As education unions we need to grow our expertise so we can better predict the impact of technological innovations on teachers and be prepared to take action as necessary. This has never been clearer than it is now, with the impact of Covid-19 on education. Unions must be equipped to respond to this rapid change with a proactive agenda for digital technology so that when our demands for consultation are met, we can engage effectively. Education unions need to take the lead ensuring the tech chosen and used has clear benefits for students and teachers. Education International is firmly committed to working with member organisations to achieve positive change. Our Future of Work in Education reference group, who provided crucial guidance on this report, has gathered leading academics and union leaders from around the world to work out a strategy for change. Our members are engaged and ready to act to ensure the future of work in education is human first.

David Edwards General Secretary Education International