Exploring EdTech is a free digital magazine, aiming to inspire Irish primary and second-level teachers and leaders to embrace education technologies in their teaching practice, by seeing best practice in other schools and in use by teaching colleagues, through tutorials and reviewing, presenting new and emerging technologies that may assist in teaching and learning.
Exploring EdTech is a voluntary-run not-for-profit initiaitve, published in association with EdTech Ireland, the national organisation for the Education Technology community.
Why Explore EdTech?
Exploring EdTech came about as a direct result of the COVID Lockdowns when schools were closed, and home-schooling and remote learning became necessary. It was recognised that Teachers and schools would need considerable support in order to deliver quality online learning solutions for their students and so that teachers could deliver this, using best practices.
When in-person teaching got back to normal, the gains that were made in the use of education technology were recognised and many schools continue to develop pro-active technology in education policies. To assist schools and educators in keeping up to date in the broad and ever-changing field of education technology, Tim Lavery developed the idea of publishing a digital magazine which would add to existing CPD offerings across the country and kick-start additional interest and among teachers and school leaders at Primary and Second Level in Ireland.
This idea led to several education technologists under the stewardship of Tim Lavery, working together to create Exploring EdTech with the first issue being published in March 2021. Subsequently, the team of volunteers has published 7 issues, with the most recent issue being released at the end of January 2023 which focussed on the hot topic of AI in Education.
The publication is a voluntary effort and is by design digital, we don't produce print copies. We publish the magazine on our .ie website and on a publishing platform, it is distributed as an online publication in pdf format, available on every device and platform.
Our writers include academic researchers and practising teachers who share their experience and expertise in the field. We have had a great response from educators across Ireland and we even have received requests to extend the publication to the rest of Europe, our readership downloads have regularly exceeded 2,000 and we are working to build an ambassador programme in schools during 20023/24 so that everyone can benefit from Exploring EdTech and not just the tremendous tech-savvy teachers who have been ardent supporters of the project over the past two years.