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When used effectively, EdTech can be a democratising force. It has already been shown to improve learning outcomes, especially for young people in less economically privileged countries who would otherwise have been unable to access highly-trained educators. Today EdTech products enable students around the globe to study at their own pace, access tools tailored for specific educational needs, and learn in new, fun and creative ways online.
And, far from replacing teachers, EdTech is beginning to alleviate the burden of time-consuming tasks such as marking and lesson planning. This frees often-overstretched educators up to spend more time directly engaging with their students. However, it has become clear that to create the best outcomes, EdTech products need to be designed in collaboration teachers.